Washington, DC-December 14, 2011- The Regional Airline Association (RAA) Board of Directors elected officers for the 2012 term: American Eagle’s Dan Garton becomes RAA Chairman; ExpressJet’s Brad Holt, Vice Chairman; Cape Air’s Dave Bushy, Secretary; and Empire Airlines’ Tim Komberec, Treasurer. Also elected to the Board’s advisory Executive Committee: Air Wisconsin’s Jim Rankin, Immediate Past Chairman, and Jazz Air’s Joe Randell, At-Large Member.
“Each of our 30 member airlines serves on our Board of Directors, empowering every airline to have a full voice guiding our association’s direction and policy,” underlines RAA President Roger Cohen. “While our members differ vastly in terms of size, ownership and major carrier alliance, the secret sauce is that they share best safety practices and work together collectively to advance the interests of this vital part of the nation’s air transportation system.”
The RAA Associate Member Council (AMC), representing the nearly 200 member companies that provide products and services to the regional airline industry, also confirmed 2012 officers. GE Aircraft Engines’ Andre Robert is the new AMC Chairman. He will be assisted by Ascent Aviation’s Rick Townsend as Vice Chairman, and SAFRAN Snecma’s Lucas Aardenburg, Past Chairman.
The Fall Board of Directors and AMC meetings were held in conjunction with the first AAAE/RAA Airport & Regional Airline Executive Summit in Memphis December 5-7. “One of the requests from our airline and associate members was to build stronger relationships between airports and regional airlines, and this successful three-day conference provided an excellent opportunity to develop closer ties to our valued airport partners,” notes Cohen.