RAA Returns
to Music City

44th Annual Convention

September 4-7, 2019 | Music City Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee
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Electrifying Speaker Lineup is Set

The 44th Annual RAA Convention, to be held Sept. 4-7 at the state-of-the-art Music City Center in downtown Nashville, will feature a strong lineup of speakers discussing the most important issues in regional aviation. Network with 1,500 industry decision-makers and enjoy the signature evening event at country legend Luke Bryan’s restaurant on Broadway. This year’s General Sessions will feature remarks from John Slattery, CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation and head of the new Embraer/Boeing joint venture, who will discuss diversifying the next-generation aviation workforce. A financial panel featuring analysts will highlight airline business issues and a panel of safety experts will discuss their vision for continuously advancing aviation safety and reducing risk in the system. The General Sessions will close with a first-ever airline CEO panel discussing key opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

Questions about the convention? Please contact Kristen Pratt at pratt@raa.org
Want to Exhibit or Sponsor? Please contact Diana Lundie at 704-620-8700 or Diana@thelundiegroup.com

Conference Registration Exhibitor Signup
Convention Highlights:
  • New optimized Wednesday-Saturday schedule
  • Fireside chat with RAA President and CEO Faye Malarkey Black and RAA Chair and Trans States Holdings President Rick Leach, providing the latest industry update
  • Golf at the award-winning Hermitage Presidents Reserve, recognized by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the TOP 10 in TENNESSEE
  • Support the RAA Scholarship Fund during our Golf Tournament and the silent auction in our Exhibit Hall
  • Socialize and enjoy a musically rich evening event at country music legend Luke Bryan's restaurant on Broadway
  • Gain a full appreciation for the depth and breadth of the regional airline industry and the work RAA engages in to protect our shared future
  • Network with thought-leading exhibitors and sponsors who showcase their companies during two Exhibit Hall days
  • President’s Council Luncheon panel moderated by RAA Chair Rick Leach focusing on the looming maintenance technician shortage. While the pilot shortage has gotten a lot of attention, there is increasing concern about the maintenance technician pipeline. Learn more about what can be done.

Featured Speakers:
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RICK LEACH

Chair, RAA
President, Trans States Holdings

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FAYE MALARKEY BLACK

President and CEO, RAA

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JOHN SLATTERY

CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation

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BRYAN BEDFORD

CEO, Republic Airways

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THE HONORABLE CHRISTOPHER HART

Former NTSB Chair

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THE HONORABLE RANDY BABBITT

Former FAA Administrator

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JOHN HEIMLICH

Chief Economist, Airlines for America
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LINDA MARKHAM

President, Cape Air
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DR. HASSAN SHAHIDI

President and CEO, Flight Safety Foundation
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CHIP CHILDS

CEO, SkyWest Airlines
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Joshua T. Krotec

Senior VP, First Aviation Services
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JOE MILLER

COO, Endeavor Air
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TIM KOMBEREC

President and CEO, Empire Airlines
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LYLE HOGG

President and CEO, Piedmont Airlines
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STEVE LINTHWAITE

VP-Flight Operations, Jazz Aviation
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Savanthi Syth

Managing Director-Equity Research, Airlines, Raymond James & Associates
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BILL SWELBAR

Chief Industry Strategist, Delta Airport Consultants
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Ankit Gupta

VP-Domestic Network Planning, United Airlines
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Dr. Joel A. English

Vice President of Operations, Centura College Aviation Institute of Maintenance Tidewater Tech