The 70th Annual FABA Conference and Trade show was held on June 13th and 14th at The Ritz-Carlton, in Sarasota, Florida. The conference kicked off with a great turnout at the first ever FABA Beach BBQ on Sunday, June 12 on Lido Beach. This event was so well received that there are plans in the works for another beach BBQ in 2017!
On Monday, June 13, FABA hosted an exclusive cocktail reception for the 2016 Above and Beyond Members and conference speakers. FABA’s Above and Beyond members support the association by doubling their annual dues. This exclusive reception was just one of the perks those special members receive for their extra contributions. The Above and Beyond reception was immediately followed by the opening cocktail reception in the ballroom with exhibitors.
Tuesday morning started with an exciting industry panel featuring Christa Fornarroto (NBAA), Mark Baker (AOPA), and Tom Hendricks (NATA). Aviation Management Consulting Group’s Jeff Kohlman moderated this panel which touched on many current issues facing aviation, including the FAA Reauthorization. Following the panel discussion, Jeff Kohlman presented the FBO Forecast session, bringing up relevant subjects for our membership such as FBO consolidation. Other conference topics consisted of: FABA’s legislative initiatives, aviation legal issues, working with millennials, leadership, and drones.
The 2017 conference was special, not only because it was FABA’s 70th Anniversary, but also because several records were broken. With 19 exhibitors and a six platinum sponsors, this show was one of FABA’s best!
The FABA Board of Directors would like to extend one final thank you to the many companies and individuals who contributed their time and resources to make this event possible.