Melanie Jordan Emeritus Executive Director Brian Canfield CEO/Executive Director WELCOME FROM THE PNAA EXECUTIVE TEAM PACIFIC NORTHWEST AEROSPACE ALLIANCE | www.pnaa.net On behalf of our board of directors, welcome to PNAA’s 18th Annual Aerospace Conference – Productivity & Affordability in the NExT Aerospace Era. This year’s theme will focus on some of the challenges that suppliers are facing as they meet new production rates and position themselves for securing new contracts. We will look at how affordable changes can bring substantial benefits to productivity and the cost of doing business. Also, we will be looking to the future, to see what the NExT era in aerospace may look like. This year we have some exciting new presentations, led by speakers representing companies new to our conference. These will be complimented by presentations from industry experts and keynote speakers from leading aerospace companies from the Northwest and beyond. Make sure to stop by the exhibitors to learn about the latest products and services that can help optimize your business. We trust you will have a great time this year. This has been a big year for PNAA as we’ve we launched Aerospace NExT (New and Expanding Technologies). This new initiative brings emergent aerospace segments to the forefront. The focus is on space, UAS (unmanned autonomous systems), personal aerial vehicles, super/hypersonic, and electric propulsion. NExT will deliver networking, market intelligence and B2B growth activities, helping to unify these newer aerospace segments and improving industry competitiveness. We will keep up the momentum with more NExT Symposiums in 2019, bringing NExT company leaders together to share what the future holds for these new and exciting areas of aerospace. This has also been a great year of growth for PNAA with the development of a highly qualified and extremely capable Executive Leadership Team. This Team has brought a series of new initiatives and events enhancing deliverables to our members, sponsors and customers. In positioning for future growth, we promoted Fiona McKay to Deputy Executive Director and Brian Canfield to CEO/Executive Director. “They bring a robust combination of organizational management, customer expertise, and business acumen and are well suited to lead PNAA into the future,” notes Chairwoman Nikki Malcom. “With great appreciation of past accomplishments by Melanie, who joined PNAA in 2007, we are pleased that she will continue as Emeritus.” All of us at PNAA are very excited about delivering even more value to our aerospace community. The heart of PNAA has always been about you, the people who make up the aerospace community! PNAA has built a reputation around delivering events that create real and lasting value for those who participate. We look forward to continuing to deliver these outstanding events, including new and inspiring activities this upcoming year. We welcome your insights and ideas for building the future together. Our goal is to continue as the premier aerospace alliance in the Northwest and to continue providing meaningful events that bring you the knowledge and connections to be most effective at what you do – serving the aerospace community. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS YEAR AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT FUTURE EVENTS Fiona McKay Deputy Executive Director 7