NBAA Announces 2017 Kern Professionalism Award Recipients

Washington, DC, Nov. 16, 2017 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has recognized 18 recipients of its annual Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award, which honors individuals in the business aviation industry for outstanding professionalism and leadership in support of aviation safety.

The 2017 Kern Award winners are: 

  • Robert Agostino
  • James Albright
  • Richard Boll
  • Russell Bryan
  • Steve Charbonneau
  • Gerald Ferriss
  • Jason Herman
  • Fred Karnik
  • David Keys
  • Yann Lemasson
  • William McNease
  • Rodrigo Mulchi
  • Donald Paddock
  • Paul ‘BJ’ Ransbury
  • Sarah Rovner
  • Gregory Scott
  • Jim Weaver
  • Scott White

The peer-nominated award – created to honor Dr. Tony Kern, a co-founder of Convergent Performance, distinguished U.S. Air Force veteran and author of five books on human performance – recognizes individuals who excel in leadership in the following areas:

  • Professional ethics
  • Vocational excellence
  • Continuous improvement
  • Professional engagement
  • Professional image
  • Selflessness

“We are again impressed by the number and caliber of the nominations submitted,” said Mark Larsen, NBAA senior manager of safety and flight operations. “These 18 individuals perfectly meet what Dr. Kern defines as ‘professional’.”

The nominations were vetted by a panel of NBAA Safety Committee Professionalism Working Group members. NBAA will be accepting nominations for the 2017 awards starting in January. Learn more about the Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award.

Learn more about NBAA’s efforts to promote professionalism in business aviation.

For more information about the numerous scholarship opportunities offered by NBAA Charities, contact Tyler Austin, manager of professional development, at (202) 783-9267 or taustin@nbaa.org, or visit www.nbaa.org/scholarships.


Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.