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MARPA Networking Events and Wednesday Schedule

If you are in Las Vegas for the MARPA Conference, then make sure that you take full advantage of the networking events.

On Tuesday night, there will be an informal happy hour at the lobby bar of the Las Vegas Renaissance Hotel.  It is scheduled from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  This is not an official event – it is just an opportunity for MARPA Conference attendees to get together.  There will be a cash bar: there will be drink specials (it is “drink beer day”) and also blue marpatinis.

On Wednesday night, there is a reception at the Las Vegas Renaissance Hotel.  It is scheduled from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  There will be an hors d’oevres and an open bar.  This reception is sponsored by Heico.

Both of these are great opportunities to meet others in the greater PMA industry, including customers and suppliers.

And don’t forget that there is a full day of workshops scheduled for Wednesday.  We have something for everyone, including workshops focussed on quality, operations, finance and personnel.

Wednesday Schedule

8:00am – 8:00pm Registration in the main lobby
8:30am – Noon John Hunter, MARPA COS Committee Chairman Pat Markham, MARPA COS Committee Vice-Chairman

WORKSHOP A: Continued Operational Safety and Safety Management Systems.  This annual event will address changes in the MARPA COS recomendations, as well as some of the latest tools for driving safety through your COS programs.

8:30am – 10:00am Brent Terhaar, Principal-In-Charge, CliftonLarsonAllenLP

WORKSHOP B: Business Succession.  Do you know what you would do if your CEO became incapacitated?  How would your company survive?  While this topic is often discussed among family businesses, it is equally important when the succcession plan does not involve family.  This is a must-attend for all businesses.

10:00am – Noon Lee Benson, CEO, Able Aerospace and CEO, Evaluate to Win

WORKSHOP C: Evaluate to Win: Helping Organizations Drive Alignment to Winning Behaviors and Performance Through Business Management Systems.  Able CEO Lee Benson and former GE CEO Jack Welch have teamed up to create a system for ensuring that your personnel are growing in their own ability to perform in their jobs, and to grow within your organization.

1:30pm – 2:30pm Chris Gavriel, Aircraft Certification Engine & Propeller Directorate, Federal Aviation Administration

WORKSHOP D: Certification of Engine Parts and Complying to the FAA’s Standards  Gavriel will provide guidance on the latest thoughts from the FAA Engine and Propeller Directorate.  If you are manufacturing aircraft engines or engine parts, then you cannot miss this Workshop.

1:30pm – 4:00pm George Ringger, G. Ringger Consulting, Inc.

WORKSHOP E: Supplier Control and Auditing: Strategies for Success and Quality.  In today’s world, no one does it all.  We all have suppliers.  But the FAA expects production approval holders to control their suppliers as an integral part of ensuring quality and safety.  Supplier control is both a matter of regulatory compliance and also quality assurance.  Ringger is an expert in quality systems, safety management and supplier control, and he uses his considerable experience in this area to help PMA holders improve their own systems.

1:30pm – 2:15pm Marketing Committee Meeting (open to all interested parties)
2:30pm – 3:15pm Technical Committee Meeting (open to all interested parties)
3:30pm – 4:30pm MARPA Board of Directors Meeting (open only to Board Members)
4:30pm – 5:30pm Airline Committee Meeting (open to all interested air carrier personnel)
6:00pm – 8:00pm Opening Night Cocktail Reception


About Jason Dickstein

Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. He represents several aviation trade associations, including the Aviation Suppliers Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association.


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