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Blouin Leaves NBAA; Chris Strong Steps into Role of Running Show


Washington, DC – Chris Strong was promoted to senior vice president, conventions and membership, for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) following the departure of Kathleen Blouin on June 30. Blouin resigned after 22 years with the association and remains a senior consultant.

Strong had been senior vice president, marketing and member services. Before coming to NBAA, he served as director of business operations for the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), where he was responsible for the association’s membership, trade show and non-dues revenue.  Strong also served in various leadership roles at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

“Since Chris joined NBAA five years ago, he has not only been successful at building membership to a new, all-time high, but has also been instrumental in priority areas for the association, like brand awareness and customer service,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “He’s a proven leader with a passion for innovation and excellence.”

The NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition was ranked No. 4 on TSE’s latest Gold 100 list.

“Kathleen was instrumental in the creation and development of the largest business aviation events on four separate continents, which have advanced the industry’s interests,”  said Bolen. “The shows that Kathleen helped build in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia have unquestionably been premier marketplace events for the industry, but they have also helped advance an understanding of the importance, and potential, of business aviation, in all parts of the world.”

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