Trustees in the News

Read about the latest appointments, honors and news from Embry-Riddle Trustees. The following items are displayed chronologically, with more recent developments appearing first.

We Mourn the Loss of Mr. Harry Lamon, Advocate, Trustee and Benefactor

It is with our profound sadness that we acknowledge the recent passing of Trustee Emeritus Mr. Harry Lamon. Mr. Lamon was a longtime friend and supporter of Embry-Riddle for over four decades. As a result of his vast legal knowledge of accreditation, Mr. Lamon became an integral part of university leadership in the 1980s and continued to contribute greatly to the success of Embry-Riddle by volunteering his time, knowledge and expertise until his passing. (June 5, 2024)

Rowe Named CFO of Workday

Zane Rowe has been appointed the Chief Financial Officer for Workday Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. In this role, effective June 12, Rowe will oversee the company's overall finance and accounting functions, internal audit, and investor relations, as well as advise on business strategy and product development. Carl Eschenbach, co-CEO of Workday, said that “Zane's experience with scaling high-growth organizations, coupled with his deep financial expertise, make him the perfect leader to support Workday's continued momentum as more and more organizations turn to us to help them navigate the changing world of work.” (May 25, 2023)

Keating Named to the Barnes Group Inc. Board

Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE: B), a global provider of highly engineered products, differentiated industrial technologies, and innovative solutions, announced the appointment of Neal J. Keating to the company’s Board of Directors, effective February 9, 2023. Keating was also appointed to the company’s Corporate Governance Committee. Thomas O. Barnes, Chairman of the Board, Barnes Group Inc., said: “Neal brings extensive public company and board experience, and importantly he expands the Board’s capabilities through his significant leadership experience in the aerospace industry, which aligns well with our growing Barnes Aerospace business segment.” (February 10, 2023)

Rosanvallon Honored 

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) bestowed its prestigious John P. “Jack” Doswell Award to former Dassault Falcon Jet CEO Jean (John) Rosanvallon in recognition of his exceptional record of service to the industry at its 2022 NBAA Business Aviation Convention on October 18, 2022. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said: “Throughout his 47 years in business aviation, John Rosanvallon has exemplified the finest attributes of leadership and a passionate commitment to making our industry stronger and safer.” In an interview with the NBAA’s “Business Aviation Insider,” Rosanvallon reflected on his career and discussed efforts to advance sustainability goals while continuing to grow business aviation. He also emphasized the value of giving back through organizations such as the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which arranges transportation for cancer patients aboard business aircraft. You may read the full interview online here. (November 17, 2022)

Nordlund Appointed to New Advanced Manufacturing Center Board

The Boeing Company has appointed Boeing Phantom Works Vice President Steve Nordlund to the planned Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center in St. Louis (AMICSTL) Board of Directors. St. Louis is the headquarters city for the Boeing Defense, Space & Security subsidiary. The AMICSTL was established in 2020 by regional development and business interests to establish a more diversified and resilient advanced manufacturing sector. A 130,000-square foot advanced manufacturing center is being built as a centralized site for regional workforce development programs, R&D activity, and prototyping and production capacity. You may read more here. (August 31, 2022)

Ritchey Honored with Chevrolet Dealer of the Year Award for 2021

Long-time Volusia County business leader, former Daytona Beach Mayor and Jon Hall Chevrolet owner Glenn Ritchey was honored with his 20th consecutive Chevrolet Dealer of the Year award. Ritchey’s dealership is one of only four in the country to achieve such an honor. Chevrolet each year awards Dealer of the Year awards to the top 2.5% of its 3,000 dealers across the country for outstanding sales as well as high customer satisfaction ratings. Read more about Ritchey's award. (August 25, 2022)

Rosanvallon Honored

The French American Chamber of Commerce Foundation (FACC Foundation) will honor Jean Rosanvallon as the Guest of Honor at its 10th Anniversary Gala on September 29, 2022, in New York. The organization leverages its networks to help nurture relationships between French and American professionals and propel individuals, companies and their sectors to greater success. The FACC Foundation Gala supports the Serge Bellanger Graduate Business Scholarship and has awarded more than $120,000 in merit-based scholarships since 2012. View the video honoring Rosanvallon. (August 24, 2022)

Nordlund Addresses Future of Autonomous Flight

At the Farnborough Airshow in England, Steve Nordlund addressed aerospace industry leaders on the future of autonomous flight. As the Vice President and General Manager of Phantom Works for Boeing Defense, Space and Security, Nordlund briefed reporters on manned-unmanned teaming and the procedures and technology Boeing is researching and creating. (July 26, 2022)

Rosanvallon Reflects on His Early Days in Aviation

To celebrate its 50-year anniversary, Aviation International News (AIN) asked key industry players to reflect on their time in the business aviation industry. In the linked video, Jean Rosanvallon looks back at meeting AIN’s founders in the 1970s and raising his children as dual citizens. Rosanvallon was recognized in 2019 as part of the Living Legends of Aviation and honored with the Lifetime Aviation Industry Award. This recognition is reserved for those who distinguish themselves as leaders who demonstrate “remarkable accomplishment in aviation, including entrepreneurs, industry leaders, record breakers, astronauts, pilots who have become celebrities, and celebrities who have become pilots.” View the video. (July 18, 2022)

Kavandi To Lead New Commercial Space Initiatives

Sierra Space President Dr. Janet Kavandi, a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions, will lead the company’s new Human Spaceflight Center and Astronaut Training Academy at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. To advance the commercial space economy, Sierra Space is building the world’s first commercial space platform to help multiple industries develop breakthrough products and services. In the June 24, 2022 edition of Aviation Week, Irene Klotz reported that Dr. Kavandi is relocating to Florida to head the training center and “ envisions programs to prepare for three types of missions: live-aboard professional staff, who will maintain, operate and repair spacecraft systems and facilities, including conducting spacewalks; professional researchers who want to make use of the microgravity environment for science, manufacturing and other purposes; and private visitors looking to experience the space environment.” Aviation Week subscribers can read more here. (July 5, 2022)

We Mourn the Loss of Legacy David L. Robertson

We were heartbroken by the unexpected loss of David L. Robertson – a pilot, benefactor and tireless champion for aviation education and safety who had served as a member of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Board of Trustees since March 2009.

Robertson, an Embry-Riddle legacy, died on April 15, 2022, at the age of 66. He had followed in the footsteps of his father, the late S. Harry Robertson Jr., who was a university benefactor, advisor, and Trustee emeritus when he died on Oct. 9, 2021 at the age of 87. David Robertson, a professional pilot for more than 40 years, contributed remarkable insights in his role as an Embry-Riddle Trustee and as chair of the Board’s Flight Safety and Education Committee.

Our hearts go out to David’s grieving family and friends. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Embry-Riddle. Embry-Riddle looks forward to releasing a lengthier tribute to David Robertson in the near future, on a schedule consistent with his family’s need for privacy at this difficult time. (May 2, 2022)

Keating Appointed to Triumph Group, Inc. Board

Triumph Group, Inc., which designs, engineers, manufactures, repairs and overhauls aerospace and defense systems and components, has named Neal J. Keating to its Board of Directors, as an independent director. Company President, CEO and Chairman Daniel J. Crowley said that the Triumph board is “confident that (Keating’s) strong corporate governance background and his deep expertise in aerospace and defense industry will make him a valuable board member.” (April 25, 2022)

Amalfitano Celebrates Phenomenal Decade  

Michael Amalfitano and his team at Embraer are celebrating the 10th consecutive year that the Phenom 300 series remains the top-selling light jet. The aircraft is a single-pilot certified light business jet that can carry 11 passengers. Embraer delivered 56 Phenom 300 series jets, making it the most delivered twinjet of 2021 according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). 

Dufour Marks 54 Years as CFI 

Ken Dufour, a certified flight instructor (CFI) for 50 years, has recently completed a flight instructor refresher course, the AOPA ASI eFIRC. Dufour has been a licensed pilot for 54 years and his outstanding safety record has brought him the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.  

Amalfitano Chairs GAMA Board

Michael Amalfitano is the 2022 chair of the board for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). GAMA has been the voice of the global business and general aviation industry since 1970. The organization addresses critical issues ranging from electric propulsion and innovation to flight safety and security, airworthiness and maintenance policy and regulatory, technical, policy and legal issues. Member companies include aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers, avionics manufacturers and component and service providers. 

Kavandi Honored for Lifetime Achievement

Women in Aerospace honored Sierra Space President Dr. Janet Kavandi with a Lifetime Achievement Award during its 36th annual celebration. The organization promotes leadership, education and visibility for women in aerospace. Dr. Kavandi was one of six honorees for 2021. They included Dr. Amy McAdam (NASA), Veronica McGregor (NASA), Karina Perez (Aerospace Industries Association), Dorothy Rasco (Ball Aerospace) and Karen Marais (Purdue).

Kavandi Joins CSF Board

Dr. Janet Kavandi is now an officer on the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) board. CSF was founded by 10 member companies in 2006 and continues to grow as a voice for the commercial space industry. Now more than 90 member companies are working together to create high-tech jobs and a sustainable space economy. Industry experts develop research and analysis and provide technical and policy support to FAA, NASA, DoD, the State Department and other federal agencies. Sierra Nevada Corporation, where Dr. Kavandi is president of Sierra Space, is a CSF member organization.

We Mourn the Loss of Phil Elliott, Advocate, Trustee and Benefactor

With the passing of attorney Philip H. Elliott, Jr., on November 9, 2021, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University loses one of its earliest friends and benefactors. Elliott helped persuade City of Daytona Beach leaders to support Embry-Riddle’s relocation from Miami in 1965.

Elliott served as attorney for Embry-Riddle from 1965 to 1998. He joined the school’s board of trustees in 1965, served as vice chair from 1970 to 1983, and chaired the board’s executive committee from 1968 to 1983. He remained on the board until 2004. As Trustee Emeritus, he missed only one board meeting.

In 1967, Elliott became the first sitting board member to become a benefactor of Embry-Riddle. Over the years, he and his late wife Joyce remained consistent supporters of the university and established the endowed Philip H. Elliott Scholarship for Embry-Riddle students.

In addition to his service to Embry-Riddle, Elliott was city prosecutor and a judge in the Volusia County Small Claims Court. His peers recognized his generosity and professionalism with The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award in 2007.

Elliott will be missed by his extended family and friends, including everyone who has appreciated his many contributions to the growth of Daytona Beach and Embry-Riddle.

We Mourn the Loss of Trustee Emeritus S. Harry Roberston 

We join the aviation community in mourning the passing of Trustee Emeritus S. Harry Robertson Jr. (HonDoc ’72), an aviation legend and great friend to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He died on October 9, 2021 at the age of 87.

Robertson was an engineer and inventor. His “Robbie Tank” a self-sealing fuel tank, is credited with saving the lives of thousands of pilots by minimizing the risk of aircraft fires. His contribution to pilot safety led to his 2011 enshrinement in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

On the Prescott Campus, his donation launched the Robertson Safety Institute and innovative Robertson Aircraft Crash Investigation Laboratory. Over the past three decades, he made gifts to support scholarships, athletics, the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, the College of Aviation in Prescott and Embry-Riddle Worldwide. His generosity helped the university to build the STEM Education Center in Prescott, the Henderson Welcome Center and expand the library, archives, and ROTC facilities. A student effort to refine electric car design was close to his heart. 

Dr. Robertson is the father of trustee David L. Robertson and he is also survived by a loving, extended family.

Hosseini Applauds Higher Education in Florida

“No Floridian should ever again have to send their son or daughter out of state to get an education at a top-ranked public university,” Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Board of Trustees Chairman Mori Hosseini wrote in a recent Daytona Beach News-Journal editorial.  

Hosseini makes the case that when a Florida university excels, the state realizes the benefits of a talent pipeline and research and innovation that attracts business and creates well-paying jobs. His editorial responds in particular to the recent U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. 

As chairman of the Board of Trustees for both Embry-Riddle and the University of Florida and former chairman of the State University System’s Board of Governors, Hosseini has championed the ascendency of higher education throughout the state. His Daytona Beach News-Journal editorial specifically commends the University of Florida’s No. 5 ranking among public universities.  

He writes, “In the end, having a top-five university in Florida is important because it means Floridians can look forward to an even more prosperous future. That’s because the destinies of the University of Florida and the state of Florida are inseparable.”  

Embry-Riddle was named in the top 10 of six categories in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Read more here

Nordlund Shares Boeing Perspective on Space, Battle Management

Trustee Steve Nordlund represented Boeing at the 36th Space Symposium, a premier space policy and program forum that attracts space leaders from all sectors. SpaceNews national security reporter Sandra Erwin interviewed Nordlund. He also spoke at the 2021 Air Force Association as part of a panel focused on the role of Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) and the advanced battle management system (ABMS).

Slangerup Joins Hawthorne Global Aviation Board

Jon Slangerup has been appointed to the board of Hawthorne Global Aviation, a fixed-based operator (FBO) acquisition and operating company. With roots going back to 1932, Hawthorne is recognized as a leader in general aviation services and airport management.

In announcing the addition to the board, new executive director Cameron Burr noted Slangerup’s more than 30 years of executive leadership, including positions with Mxi Technologies, the Port of Long Beach and a 20-year career at FedEx that culminated with the presidency of FedEx Canada.

Kavandi Featured on TechCrunch Panel

Sierra Nevada Corporation executive vice president of space systems, Janet Kavandi, Ph.D., was a featured panelist at a recent TechCrunch TC Session. As a member of the “Living and Working in Space” panel, she drew on her experience as NASA astronaut and former director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center. Dr. Kavandi joined Melodie Yashar from SEArch+, Nujoud Mercy from NASA and Axiom’s Amir Blachman in this discussion on human space exploration and commercial activity. The virtual event was December 17, 2020. TechCrunch is an American online newspaper focused on technology.

Keys Quoted on F-4 Send-Off

Upon its recent retirement, General Ronald Keys paid tribute to Japan’s F-4EJ "Samurai" Phantom II, introduced by McDonnell Douglas in the 1950s. On November 20, 2020, the 301st Tactical Fighter Squadron at Huakuri Air Base, Ibaraki prefecture, held a send-off ceremony for the iconic, supersonic fighter jets.

In a Stars and Stripes retrospective on the Phantom, General Keys described his experience flying Phantoms in the Vietnam War. He told the publication, "in the hands of a talented pilot and weapons systems operator … (the F-4 was) formidable and nearly indestructible."

The last combat missions for the Phantom were against air-defense missile batteries in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.

Hosseini Named to Construction Hall of Fame

The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management inducted Mori Hosseini to its Construction Hall of Fame. The school is part of the College of Design, Construction & Planning at the University of Florida. The award recognizes his contributions as Chairman and CEO of ICI Homes, one of Florida’s largest residential homebuilder/developers and his commitment to higher education in the state.

Former Trustee Lawrence Clarkson Dies

Trustee emeritus Lawrence Clarkson died October 31, 2020, at 82.

Clarkson retired as president of Boeing Enterprises in 1999. His stature within Boeing prompted the New York Times to call him "the closest thing (Boeing) has to a corporate secretary of state."

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Dufour Honored as a Master Pilot

The Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration recognizes 50 years of flight experience, professionalism and commitment to aviation safety by Ken Dufour. He receives the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in November. This prestigious award recognizes pilots demonstrating a high level of skill and safety-consciousness. Dufour will be added to the Roll of Honor maintained by the FAA.

Kavandi Shares Her Perspective on Moon Missions

Dr. Janet Kavandi was a panelist on a Sept.15 webinar focused on lunar exploration hosted by Dynetics and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. "To the Moon with Dynetics: The Importance of Lunar Exploration and Utilization" was a 90-minute discussion focused on opportunities created by a sustained human presence on the Moon. Kavandi joined former astronauts Jim Dutton, Lee Archambault and Carl Waltz, NASA planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. Jack Burns from the University of Colorado Boulder, Dr. Georgiana Kramer from the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson and from industry, Mark Peller, VP with United Launch Alliance and Dan Hendrickson, VP with Astrobotic.

Dr. Kavandi was also featured in a Sept. 15 article in The Washington Post, "As the possibility of going to space grows, U.S. astronauts still don't know how they get picked to fly," by Christian Davenport. "They keep it very close hold. You usually have no idea you're being considered for a mission. It can be anywhere anytime," Dr. Kavandi was quoted. The story notes that she learned of her mission assignment when she was visiting a school, "knee-deep in kindergartners" and summoned to the principal’s office for an urgent phone call, during which she learned of her upcoming role on an Earth mapping mission.

Keating Retires From Kaman

After nearly 13 years of senior leadership, Neal J. Keating will retire as president, CEO and chair of Kaman Corp. in September 2020. He will continue to serve as executive chair through 2021 and plans to retire from the board of directors after the Kaman annual shareholder’s meeting in 2021.

Keating is credited with significantly restructuring Kaman's portfolio of engineered products serving aerospace and defense and the industrial and medical markets. During his tenure as Kaman's CEO, annual revenue more than doubled.

In an official announcement, Keating expressed his pride in the organization and confidence in Kaman's continuing success. "It has been a privilege to lead Kaman for the past 13 years and especially during the past several months, which was perhaps the most volatile period we all have faced in our careers. I am incredibly proud of what our team has achieved together, including the recent sale of our former distribution business and the acquisition of Bal Seal Engineering, and I believe that the company is strategically positioned for long-term growth."

Keating's successor is Ian K. Walsh.

Kavandi Joins National Air and Space Museum Board

Dr. Janet Kavandi was named to the board of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. This prestigious board is comprised of distinguished supporters of the air and space community who provide leadership, advice, and support to the museum's director. Kavandi follows in the footsteps of fellow NASA astronaut and Apollo 13 commander Captain James Lovell, who is an emeritus member of the board.

The National Air and Space Museum is the largest, and most popular, of Smithsonian Institution's 19 museums. The Museum supports the Smithsonian's founding mission — "the increase and diffusion of knowledge — and its purpose, plan vision and goals."

Safety First in Urban Mobility, Says Nordlund

Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s NeXt urban air mobility research unit, told webinar listeners that safety is paramount to the development of an expanded, connected transportation ecosystem. In the opening address of the Global Urban Air Summit 2.0, at the virtual Farnborough International Airshow, Nordlund identified three drivers for the urban mobility revolution: technology, acceptance and economics.

Nordlund sees the integration of airspace – safely and economically – as a fundamental challenge that will benefit from private-public collaboration. Government and private companies working together can advance connected mobility, in much the same way cooperation in the early days of aviation introduced airmail service and passenger travel.

"We should challenge ourselves to make this next era of aviation safer than the first," Nordlund told listeners. "There is a lot of work to be done to get to 'aviation-grade' safety standards. One thing about our industry is that we spend a lot of investment and time on making aviation-grade components in all our aircraft. So when we get to electric aircraft, or any new technology, we have to keep in mind how that technology is transformed in a way that keeps safety at the forefront."

Slangerup Joins Fenix Marine Board

Jon Slangerup has joined the Board of Directors of Fenix Marine Services LTD, which operates one of the largest container terminals in the Port of Los Angeles. Fenix Marine Services is on Terminal Island (previously known as Global Gateway South). The Fenix terminal is one of the largest in North America, spanning nearly 300 acres. The company provides more than a million lifts annually and operates a state-of-the-art command center.

Duva Urges Volusia County to “Reach for the Stars”

In an opinion piece, In Volusia County, Let’s Reach for the Stars, Charles Duva highlighted the convergence of workforce and resources in Volusia County, Florida, that will promote the evolution of aviation and aerospace. Among the assets to the area he cite were “breathtaking advances in research, education and enterprise at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.”

In his op-ed, he described the proposed establishment of a Commercial Space Overlay District to make Volusia County more competitive through an amendment to the county’s comprehensive land use plan.

Duva chairs the Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal published the op-ed on May 31 and posted it to their website that day.

Ritchey Receives Golden Eagle Award

Glenn Ritchey Sr. received the Golden Eagle Award from the Boy Scouts of America’s Central Florida Council in a virtual presentation. The honor recognizes Ritchey’s many years of community service in Volusia County, Florida. Ritchey is an active member of the Civic League of the Halifax Area, Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Rotary. For six years, he served as the mayor of Daytona Beach.

Nordlund Announces Innovation Hub Partnership

Boeing will become a partner in the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Innovation Sandbox project. This effort brings industry and regulators together to advise the aviation and travel industry in the United Kingdom.

In announcing the memo of understanding, Boeing NeXt vice president and general manager Steve Nordlund acknowledged the potential of this collaboration. "We share the goal of promoting innovation and emerging technologies. At Boeing NeXt, we are working to lay the foundation for a future mobility ecosystem in which autonomous and piloted vehicles can safely coexist. Test-and-learn projects like those we’ll undertake with CAA are invaluable in that regard."

Boeing’s contribution will focus on four areas:

  • Development and review of a safety case to enable beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) above 400 feet.
  • Exploration of minimum requirements for detect and avoid (DAA) solutions as part of a layered safety case.
  • Assessment and evaluation of current DAA solutions against these requirements.
  • Development of a proposed set of operational procedures to support BVLOS operations.
Boeing will also perform test flights to evaluate these projects.

Hosseini Honored for Transformational Leadership

The University of Florida Academy of Golden Gators recently honored Mori Hosseini for his transformational leadership. According to the university, the honor reflects “his unwavering belief in the importance of education for everyone,” which has transformed higher education across Florida. In accepting his award, Hosseini emphasized the important contributions the university makes as a problem-solver prepared to tackle the challenges faced by all citizens.

Kavandi Helps Leads Crew Module Development for Artemis

As a senior executive for Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Janet Kavandi will be part of the team developing the crew module for NASA’s Human Landing System (HLS). The HLS will ferry astronauts and cargo to and from the moon’s surface, making it a critical piece of the lunar exploration program. NASA’s Artemis program aims to provide new science and material resources and leverage the Moon as a proving ground for Mars missions.

Kavandi was quoted by the SPACEREF website on the importance of this new business for SNC’s Space Systems business area. “We are proud to contribute SNC’s human spaceflight expertise for this important mission. The combined systems engineering and integration capabilities of SNC, the global aerospace and national security leader owned by Eren and Faith Ozmen, has been selected as a subcontractor to Dynetics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leidos, to provide key crew module technology for NASA’s Human Landing System (HLS).”

SNC is responsible for the systems integration, human rating and safety, mission assurance of the crew module and on-orbit operations. It will provide a ground HLS test article for crew evaluation and testing. Work will be based at SNC’s production facilities and mission control center in Louisville, Colorado. Louisville was also the production site for the LIFE™ (Large Inflatable Fabric Environment) Gateway ground prototype.

SNC’s Louisville mission control center will provide on-orbit operations for Dream Chaser® when the spaceplane launches under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract.

SNC has supported more than 450 missions to space including to every planet in the solar system, according to SNC owner and president, Eren Ozmen.

Leadership Award Named for Ritchey

The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce has named a community service award for trustee and former Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey, Sr. The first Glenn Ritchey Leadership Award will go to Michelle Carter-Scott and her son, NBA star Vince Carter. Ritchey is a recipient of the Lou Fuchs Award (the previous name for this honor.)

Duva Helps Bring Amazon to Volusia County

Amazon has announced it will open a fulfillment center in Deltona, Florida, creating 500 full-time jobs. As Chairman of Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, Dr. Charles Duva, was part of an effort to bring Amazon to this new location on the I-4 Corridor.

Duva welcomed Amazon in a quote to the local press. "Amazon brings a dynamic global brand to the community, along with state-of-the-art systems that will support the company's growth as we move into the 21st century."

Team Volusia EDC is a public/private not-for-profit corporation, founded in late 2010. Its mission is to market and recruit business to Volusia County.

Kavandi Earns Presidential Rank Award

On December 17, 2019, the White House honored Janet Kavandi with the Presidential Rank Award (PRA), the nation’s highest civilian career federal leadership award. As a Distinguished Executive Recipient, she is recognized for her continuing commitment to excellence as a leader in the aerospace industry.

As SVP of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Kavandi plays a critical role in the launch of Dream Chaser, a reusable lifting body spaceplane. She also oversees SNC development of support technologies for the Artemis missions to the lunar surface and the commercialization of low-Earth orbit.

The PRA has been awarded annually since 1978. Agency heads across Government nominate leaders. Citizen panels evaluate nominations and the president designates honorees.

Nordlund Announces SkyGrid Approval by FAA

SkyGrid, a Boeing and SparkCognition joint venture, announced FAA approval as a supplier of Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). LAANC is a collaboration between FAA and industry to automate the application and approval of airspace authorizations. The FAA service provides drone pilots with access to controlled airspace at or below 400 feet and air traffic professionals with visibility into where and when drones are operating.

This new capability will allow customers to apply for flight approvals directly within the SkyGrid platform. SkyGrid says LAANC will help create an environment in which unmanned aerial vehicles can operate safely and securely and large-scale drone applications will be more practical.

According to Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt and SkyGrid board member, "Our goal is to collaborate across the globe as we develop this platform to safely enable the integration of autonomous cargo and passenger air vehicles in the global airspace."

Trustee Emeritus S. Harry Robertson Improving CRFTs

Robertson Fuel Systems is producing a new, crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT). The company was founded by Dr. Harry S. Roberson (HonDoc’72), Trustee Emeritus and generous donor to the Prescott Campus and scholarship programs at Daytona Beach and Worldwide.

The design improves upon the "Robbie Tank" of the 1970s with the addition of a magneto-activated fuel quality transmitter that protects the tank from damage in an accident.

The FAA Reauthorization Act requires aircraft manufacturers to incorporate CRFTs starting in 2020. An amendment directs helicopter owners to install retrofits starting in 2020.

An Airbus H125 and two Guardian Flight As350s have installed the new CRFTs. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is upgrading their AS350 fleet with the new CRFTs, as is the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Robertson's invention of the original Robbie Tank is credited with saving thousands of lives. His contribution to pilot safety led to his 2011 enshrinement in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Rosanvallon Honored as Aviation Icon

The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) has honored Jean Rosanvallon with the Mike Davis Award at their annual Icons of Aviation celebration in Hong Kong. According to AsBAA, this lifetime achievement award recognizes an individual who has made an indelible mark on business aviation in the Asia-Pacific region over time. As a former Dassault CEO, Rosanvallon's contribution in Asia dates back to 1996.

The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) is a non-profit association representing business and general aviation entities based in Asia and around the world. Members include operators, manufacturers and service, finance and insurance providers. AsBAA is a member of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and affiliated with NBAA and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

Nordlund Quoted on Boeing Collaboration With Porsche

Porsche and Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences are developing a fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle – or asTaxiPoint, the UK-based industry site for the taxi trade dubs it, a flying taxi.

The site quotes Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt on this collaboration, which "… builds on our efforts to develop a safe and efficient new mobility ecosystem, and provides an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand."

Engineers from both companies will form an international team to implement and test a prototype.

Nordlund Makes the Case for Boeing's Investment in Virgin Galactic

The industry press turned to Steve Nordlund for insight into Boeing’s $20 million investment in Virgin Galactic’s space tourism company. The investment comes from Boeing HorizonX Ventures. Nordlund is vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt, a sister company.

In a story posted by N Business on October 9, 2019, Nordlund said, "We’re very excited... We do think there's a future for commercial space travel and of course high-speed travel. We’re making a number of organic and inorganic investments, Virgin Galactic being one, that plant some of the seeds for that future industry and we think it’s going to be very positive."

Nordlund went on to state that he believes hypersonic travel is a few decades away. He cited a focus on smart cities as an indicator that the Middle East region could be an early market for emerging mobility solutions.

GM Honors Ritchey With 'Symbol of a Job Well Done'

For the 17th consecutive year, General Motors named Glenn Ritchey General Motors Dealer of the Year for 2019. Ritchey is the owner and CEO of Jon Hall Chevrolet in Daytona Beach. He has served on the National General Motors Dealer Council, the GM Motors Southeast Regional Council, the Florida Automobile Dealers Association, the Chevrolet National Dealer Council and the GMAC Dealer Advisory Board.

Keys Joins Board of DZYNE

General Ronald Keys joined the board of DZYNE Technologies, Inc., in September 2019. In the company's announcement, DZYNE noted his expertise in strategic planning related to advanced technologies. DZYNE positions itself as a "creator of innovative, intelligent, autonomous aircraft, including manned and unmanned vehicles and analytical systems." They specialize in rapid design, development and demonstration of systems that integrate automated sensor analytics and artificial intelligence to deliver uniquely operational aircraft. DZYNE is based in Virginia, with business units in California and Arizona.

Nordlund Talks Innovation With Uber

Steve Nordlund presented "Boeing and the Future of Aviation Innovation" at the Uber Elevate Summit in 2019 in June. He described the potential of the company’s two-seat, electric VTOL demonstrator, PAV, to serve as an affordable Uber ridesharing vehicle. Nordlund stressed that safety is a key driver for Boeing. He noted that technological and economic advantages and regulatory oversight are creating an ecosystem that will create a reliable solution the public will accept. See his 11-minute overview on YouTube.

Kavandi Praised in New York Times for Support to Women in Aerospace

Under the headline, "An Astronaut Who Built Paths to Space for Other Women," the New York Times ran a feature story on Janet Kavandi upon her retirement from NASA. The Oct. 2, 2019 story in the Science section details her career and success at enhancing the fairness of the astronaut selection process.

Rowe Co-Authors Airline Finance Textbook

Foundations of Airline Finance: Methodology and Practice (3rd ed.) was recently published. Zane Rowe co-authored this comprehensive reference for aviation management students and industry professionals with Bijan Vasigh, economics and finance professor from our College of Business. Amazon describes the book as "an accessible, up-to-date introduction to the current state of the aviation industry, which provides readers with the tools necessary to understand the volatile and often complicated nature of airline finance." Foundations of Airline Finance: Methodology and Practice is available as a paperback, hardcover and eTextbook.

Rosanvallon Named Distinguished Statesman of Aviation

Jean Rosanvallon is now a Distinguished Statesman of Aviation. The honor comes from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the oldest national aviation club in the United States. The recognition cites his "45 years of effective leadership and unrivaled record of success at Dassault Aviation, overseeing numerous new products and expansion into emerging markets."

In his career with Dassault Falcon Jet (DFJ), Rosanvallon held leadership roles in Europe and the United States. He joined Dassault Aviation in 1975 and soon moved to DFJ in Teterboro, New Jersey, as the assistant to the president. He then spent 11 years in leadership positions for Dassault Aviation in France. Rosanvallon returned to Teterboro to consolidate worldwide Falcon commercial activities as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. In 1996, he rose to the presidency and joined the company’s board of directors. In 2003, he was appointed president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet and executive vice president of Civil Aircraft of Dassault Aviation. He ended his 23-year tenure as CEO in 2019 and now serves as a senior advisor to the organization.

The NAA board established the Distinguished Statesman of Aviation award in 1954. According to NAA President Greg Principato, each honoree has "contributed much in his or her career. More importantly, each has done a great deal to make others better. The work of a statesman, it's been said, is to represent the future to the present. All of these honorees exemplify that standard."

Kavandi Will Lead Programs for Commercial Space Innovator

After a 25-year career with NASA, Janet Kavandi joins Sierra Nevada Corporation as a senior vice president for Space Systems. She will oversee three business units: Space Technologies & Spacecraft, Space Exploration Systems and Propulsion & Environmental Systems.

As director of Glenn Research Center, she previously led research and development supporting the center’s Moon to Mars initiatives.

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is preparing its Dream Chaser® spacecraft for the first of six NASA missions. It will service the International Space Station. Dream Chaser is scheduled to launch in September 2020.

SNC is owned by chair and president Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen. The aerospace and security contractor focuses on open architecture engineering in space systems, commercial solutions and national security and defense. SNC is a Tier One superior supplier to the U.S. Air Force, recognized for its innovation and growth. In its 55-year history, SNC has delivered more than 4000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide and participated in more than 450 missions to space, including Mars.

Hosseini Quoted on Significance of College Rankings

When universities got their papers graded this year, Mori Hosseini was the natural choice for commentary. As chair of the University of Florida and Embry-Riddle, he saw both universities improve their standing in the U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings for 2020.

Hosseini told the Daytona Beach News-Journal, "The rankings are important. It is no different than when you take a test. It shows what you have been improving in what you have been doing."

The University of Florida moved to 7th place among national public schools. Embry-Riddle entered the top 20 in several categories and ranked in the top five in four areas:

#1 Best Undergraduate Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Program (No Doctorate Category)
#2 Most Innovative School (Regional Universities – South) (tie)
#4 Best for Veterans (Regional Universities – South) (tie)
#4 Best Undergraduate Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Program (Doctorate Category)

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Dufour Expands VREF

CEO Ken Dufour continues to expand the expertise and reach of his consulting business as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Aircraft Value Reference, Appraisal & Litigation Consulting Services (VREF) now serves aviation customers on issues related to cybersecurity, airport security, avionics security, ground equipment appraisal and litigation consulting. In 2019, VREF opened its third international location in Sydney, Australia. VREF also does business in Switzerland and Austria.

Prescott Honors Robertson

In 2019, the Prescott Campus welcomed David Robertson into the ranks of honorary alumni. Thanks to support from the Robertson family, Embry-Riddle established the Robertson Safety Institute and the Robertson Aircraft Crash Investigation Laboratory. Robertson's 30 years of flying encompasses jet airliners and gliders.

Mason Helping Huskers Find President

Dr. Sally Mason is part of a team of former university presidents and higher education consultants assembled by AGB Search to assist the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with their search for a new president. As former president of the University of Iowa, she welcomed UNL into the Big Ten conference a decade ago. (The two universities have enjoyed a long sports rivalry.) UNL is the state’s oldest and largest in the University of Nebraska system.

Kavandi Says Ohio Will Help Put Us on the Moon, Mars

In a guest column for, Janet Kavandi describes Ohio’s role in advancing NASA’s Artemis program, which will return humankind to the moon and then on to Mars. Kavandi led NASA Glenn Research Center. The Cleveland-based center is developing power and propulsion for NASA’s Gateway lunar orbital platform and conducting mission-critical testing of the spacecraft Orion. Kavandi previously directed the research center.

Kavandi Opinion Piece Supports Moon Mission

In a USA Today opinion piece published May 28, 2019, Janet Kavandi writes that a sustained presence on the moon is both inspirational and a good investment. She cites the opportunity to put the first woman on the moon and the economic benefits of a re-energized space economy.

Slangerup Keynotes Gulf Shipping Conference

American Global Logistics (AGL) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Slangerup was a keynote speaker at the Journal of Commerce (JOC) Gulf Shipping Conference on May 22, 2019.

His keynote, "Supply Chain Optimization in the Age of Disruption," focused on the increasing pressure for importers and exporters to streamline supply chains to reduce costs at every stage of workflow.

"Leveraging technology in this age of disruption is critical to providing greater visibility into the market shifts and dynamic operating conditions that exist end-to-end within the supply chain," said Slangerup.

The 2019 JOC Gulf Shipping Conference focused on issues of interest to businesses handling shipments of container, breakbulk and project cargoes through U.S. Gulf ports.

Dufour Interviewed by WIKD

In a podcast produced by campus radio station WIKD, trustee Ken Dufour shares an insider’s perspective drawn from his 21 years of service on the Embry-Riddle board. In this free-ranging conversation, Dufour touches on his history with Embry-Riddle as a student, board member and parent of an Eagle. He describes his passion for aviation, years as a flight instructor and his surprising connection with the Wright Brothers. He discloses an extraterrestrial secret about the Student Union in Daytona Beach and offers a more down-to-earth explanation of how the board balances budgets, needs and growth to deliver a quality education that will lead to leadership in the industry.

Daytona Beach Campus Dean of Students Lisa Kollar, SVP for Academic Affairs and Provost Lon Moeller and former SGA presidents Chad Stearns and Zoe Crain participated in this 30-minute podcast.

Total Retail Shares Slangerup Recommendations

Total Retail, an online magazine and podcast, focused a recent episode on an article written by Jon Slangerup. In 5 Technology Trends Poised to Transform Retail Chains, he reviews opportunities that shippers who are going digital can use to optimize their retail supply chain. He sees these opportunities as shipping execution and tracking; supply chain planning; transportation management systems; artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Total Retail ( defines itself as "the go-to source for executives looking for the latest news and analysis on the retail industry."

Kavandi Inducted Into Astronaut Hall of Fame

Space shuttle astronaut Janet Kavandi was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, the industry's highest award. The ceremony took place April 6, 2019, in Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Honorees must have made their first flight 17 years before induction and orbited the Earth at least once.

Dr. Kavandi logged 33 days in space and 535 space orbits. At Johnson Space Center, she served as a mission specialist on three space shuttle missions and served as NASA's deputy chief of the astronaut office, director of flight crew operations and deputy director of health and human performance.

Rosanvallon Named Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader

On Jan. 18, 2019, the Living Legends of Aviation bestowed the Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader Award on Jean Rosanvallon.

The organization formed to recognize those who demonstrate "remarkable accomplishment in aviation, including entrepreneurs, industry leaders, record-breakers, astronauts, pilots who have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots."

Rosanvallon earned the honor through his contributions as the president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet. Dassault Aviation recruited him in 1975 to lead the company's Falcon Business Jet program. Rosanvallon takes his place among legends such as Buzz Aldrin, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, Herb Kelleher, Elon Musk, John and Martha King, Richard Branson and Paul Allen.

John Travolta hosted the awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Jeff Bezos led a panel discussion with the new honorees.

Slangerup: Service Optimizes Supply Chains

Jon Slangerup led a "Big Idea" session at the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2019 conference in New York. This event is the world’s largest retail conference and expo.

His session, "Why service and know-how still win the race to supply chain optimization," focused on the importance of professional understanding of the complexities of the supply chain. At the same event, Slangerup co-hosted a supply chain and logistics workshop with executives from Stein Mart and The Home Depot.

NRF represents discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, main street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from more than 45 countries.

Hosseini Named Education/Workforce Advisor

Mori Hosseini co-chaired the Transition Advisory Committee on Education and Workforce Development for (then) Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis. His co-chair was Marva Johnson from the State Department of Education.

The advisory team was charged with the development of a plan to ensure "every student in Florida has the chance to get a world-class education and develop the skills they need to get a great job and pursue their dream," according to a press release issued in December 2018.

Slangerup Cited on IT Impact on Supply Chains

American Global Logistics (AGL) CEO Jon Slangerup was cited in a recent publication about the impact of disruptive technology on managing global supply chains. An article in The Lodestar cited an AGL survey produced with Logistics Trends & Insights. The study projects that $2.63bn will be pumped into technologies such as AI, robotics and blockchain by 2022. Read the article here.

Dufour Named CEO of VREF Publishing

Trustee Ken Dufour, ASA, is now CEO of VREF Publishing. VREF is the largest appraisal company in aviation. Since 1993, VREF has published a definitive valuation guide to fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter assets for owner/operators, brokers, financial institutions and aviation professionals.

Hosseini Gives Press a First Look at Student Union

The Daytona Beach News-Journal posted a sneak peek inside Embry-Riddle's new student union on July 30, 2018. Chairman Mori Hosseini and President P. Barry Butler guided the reporter through the iconic new building, which opened in October 2018. Mr. Hosseini described the building as symbolic as a new era for Embry-Riddle and a "signal to the world we are here to do business."

Hosseini Quoted on Central Florida Economy

As CEO of national homebuilder ICI Homes, Trustee Mori Hosseini was prominently quoted in a July 2019 article in Florida Trend focused on economic drivers for Daytona Beach and Volusia County. ICI is based in Volusia County.

The company opened Mosaic, a 1,200-home community in Daytona Beach and construction of a 1,300-home community in Port Orange, Woodhaven, is under construction.

The feature noted that $315 million in construction undertaken by Embry-Riddle over the past five years delivered a welcome “goose” to the local economy.

Slangerup Is Most Admired CEO

The Atlanta Business Chronicle named Jon Slangerup as a Most Admired CEO in Transportation in 2018. Mr. Slangerup heads American Global Logistics, based in Atlanta. The company delivers high-tech solutions for air and ocean import/export and domestic transportation for end-to-end logistics.

This honor recognizes CEOs who "take success and leadership to a whole new level," according to the publication.

Rosanvallon Welcomes Planet Nine

Dassault Falcon Jet CEO Jean Rosanvallon was cited in the aviation press applauding the Planet Nine (“P9”) launch of its first Falcon 7X ultra long-range charter aircraft. The two companies have worked together closely, with P9 ultimately selecting the 7X as its aircraft of choice. It is the first fully fly-by-wire business jet in its class.

Slangerup Participates in Shipping Panel

Jon Slangerup, CEO of American Global Logistics, participated in a panel, Container Shipping Outlook: Is the Gulf’s Surge Sustainable? The panel was part of the recent Journal of Commerce Gulf Shipping Conference. The organization delivered data and solutions to supply chain chokepoints for freight interests.

News-Journal Lauds Hosseini's Appointment as Chair of UF Board

With his appointment as chair of the University of Florida board of trustees, the Daytona Beach News-Journal discusses the mark Mori Hosseini continues to make on higher education in Florida.

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Rosanvallon Honored as Aviation Icon

The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) has honored Jean Rosanvallon with the Mike Davis Award at their annual Icons of Aviation celebration in Hong Kong. According to AsBAA, this ifetime achievement award recognizes an individual who has made an indelible mark on business aviation in the Asia-Pacific region over time. As a former Dassault CEO, Rosanvallon’s contribution in Asia dates back to 1996.

The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) is a non-profit association representing business and general aviation entities based in Asia and around the world. Members include operators, manufacturers and service, finance and insurance providers. AsBAA is a member of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and affiliated with NBAA and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

Henderson Appointed to FSU Board of Trustees

Jim Henderson was appointed to the FSU board of trustees for a five-year term. The Florida Board of Governors announced the appointment in November 2017.

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Keys Serves as Chairman of CNA's Military Advisory Board

General Ronald Keys now serves as Chairman of CNA's Military Advisory Board. CNA is a nonprofit research and analysis organization located in Arlington, VA. This organization of thought leaders has been active for more than 75 years.

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Hosseini Elected Chairman of UF Board of Trustees

Mori Hosseini was elected chairman of the University of Florida board of trustees. He has served on the board since 2016 and was previously UF vice chair.

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UF Board of Trustees Member Hosseini Inducted Into Bergstrom Center's Hall of Fame

Mori Hosseini, Chairman and CEO of ICI Homes, was inducted into the UF Bergstrom Center Real Estate Hall of Fame. The honor was bestowed at the March 2018 Trends and Strategies Conference. The Kelley A. Bergstrom Real Estate Center is part of the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida.

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