It has been a great show this year. The general mood has been upbeat and I believe it has been successful for everyone who participated. Last night at the 2010 Gala, NBAA helped raise more than $225,000 for the Corporate Angel Network (“CAN” – http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/). Congratulations to NBAA and everyone who donated! CAN is a great cause and this money will help the organization help children and adults with cancer get to treatment centers all over the country.
On Tuesday, my father Jay Mesinger moderated an excellent panel discussion about business aviation in Asia and China. The participants spoke to the opportunities and challenges that exist for business aviation in Asia and started to discuss steps to help advance the growth of our industry in the region. It became evident, however, that the challenges are real, and not all of the solutions are in place. This should be an area of continued attention and interest for our industry.
On Wednesday, I participated in a panel discussion on Social Media in Business Aviation and it was a success. The room was packed with people looking to learn how to incorporate social media into their corporate marketing and people who wanted to learn how to utilize the information disseminated through social media. I think we were able to help many people feel less intimidated and more knowledgeable about utilizing social media for themselves and their organizations.
During this week we were also able to connect several clients with vendors to facilitate future business and pre-purchase inspections.
As you can see it has been a busy week, but a successful one. Congratulations to everyone who has been here and to NBAA and our industry on a successful convention. Here is to all of our continued success and business throughout the next year.