Robert C. Booth to Receive Wright Brothers Award From GMAA, South Florida's Oldest Aviation Organization.
Robert C. Booth, founder and chairman of Miami-based Aviation Management Services, Inc. (AvMan) and a life-long aviation executive, has been selected to receive the prestigious 1999 Wright Brothers Award from the Greater Miami Aviation Association.
The award will be presented at the GMAA's annual Wright Brothers Award Dinner on November 13 at the Radisson Mart Hotel in Miami. The keynote speaker at the event will be Federico Bloch, Chairman and CEO of Grupo Taca.
"Bob Booth's accomplishments in aviation, especially related to the industry in Latin America and the Caribbean, are legend, and he is a most worthy recipient of the award which honors individuals whose substantial contributions to the aviation industry reflects favorably on the Great State of Florida," said Walter E. Collier, President of GMAA.
"We are also fortunate to have Federico Bloch as key speaker. His vision and perseverance led to the coalition of five small Central American airlines into the successful Grupo Taca organization that has become a true force in Latin aviation. He also spearheaded the creation of the successful LatinPass frequent flyer program owned by nine Latin American and Caribbean airlines," Collier noted.
Booth is a native of Uruguay, and spent most of his early career in the industry with Pan Am and Braniff International at postings throughout South America before moving to Dallas where he was named Vice President-Sales for Braniff. He subsequently served as executive vice president of Air Florida and as founding CEO of Challenge International before branching out on his own with the 1989 creation of AvMan, which has become the world's leading Latin American aviation management consultancy. Booth is also publisher of the Aviation-Latin America and Caribbean newsletter and producer of the annual International Airline CEO Conferences which regularly attract dozens of airline CEOs and some 400 other conferees to the three-day events annually. GMAA was founded in 1927 to increase public awareness of aviation and to highlight the expanding role of aviation in the Miami community. The 39 previous Wright Brothers Award recipients have included such aviation notables as Grover Loening, pioneer seaplane designer and builder; George T. Baker, founder, and L. B. (Bud) Maytag, longtime CEO of National Airlines; Curtiss H. Pitts, designer of the world-famed Pitts Special aerobatic airplanes; Kermit Weeks, aviation historian and founder of the aviation museum at Tamiami Airport that bears his name, and George E. Batchelor, a pioneer of the aircraft leasing industry and founder of the successful all-cargo Arrow Air, and Astronaut Frank Borman.
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|Date:||Sep 22, 1999|
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