THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (New York, New York) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release March 30, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES SEVEN MEMBERS TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL The President today announced his intent to nominate, Edward M.
Bolen, Geoffrey T. Crowley, Robert W. Baker, Debbie Branson, Kendall W. Wilson, Robert A. Davis, and Jerome Randolph Babbitt to serve as Members of the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council.
Mr. Edward M. Bolen of Bethesda, Maryland, is the President of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) located in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining GAMA in 1996, Mr. Bolen was Majority Counsel to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources from 1994 to 1995. Mr. Bolen served as Legislative Assistant to Senator Nancy Kassebaum from 1990 to 1992 and then as her Legislative Director from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Bolen his received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from Tulane University.
Mr. Geoffrey T. Crowley of Appleton, Wisconsin, is Chairman, President and CEO of Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation, a privately held company that is the largest United Express carrier in revenue passenger miles. Mr. Crowley has also served as the Vice President of Marketing Alliances for Northwest Airlines where he was responsible for strategic alliances with other airlines. Mr. Crowley received his B.S. from Purdue University and his M.B.A. from Xavier University in Ohio.
Mr. Robert W. Baker of Dallas, Texas, is currently Executive Vice President for Operations, American Airlines. Prior to this position, Mr. Baker was Senior Vice President for Operations. Since 1985, Mr. Baker has been responsible for American's operations, including maintenance and engineering, flight, operations planning and performance, corporate security, corporate real estate, cargo and safety. Mr. Baker is recognized as one of the airline industry's leaders in many of the technical aspects of the business. Mr. Baker has served in a variety of senior positions at American Airlines, including senior vice president-information systems and as vice president in various areas over a period of more than 20 years. Mr. Baker received his B.A. in Economics at Trinity College and his M.A. in Business at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Debbie Branson of Dallas, Texas, is a trial lawyer and has been with the law offices of Frank L. Branson since 1983. From 1980 to 1983, she practiced law with the firm of Arnold, Lavender, Rochelle, Barnette & Franks in Texarkana. Ms. Branson currently serves as president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and has just completed her term as president of the Dallas Women's Foundation. She is vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation and was chair of the Select Committee on Rate and Policy Form Regulation in 1994. She has also served on the Texas Judicial Council. Ms. Branson is active in several professional, political and civic organizations. Ms. Branson received a B.S.E. from Arkansas State University, a J.D. from the University of Arkansas and an MS from the University of Texas.
Mr. Kendall W. Wilson of Washington, D.C., currently serves as the President of First Financial Management Services, Inc., a firm he founded in 1981 specializing in business development, planning and financing of early-stage businesses, primarily in the high-tech area. From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Wilson served at the Department of Energy in the Offices of Commercialization and Transportation Programs. Prior to this service, from 1974 to 1977, Mr. Wilson worked at the Department of Transportation in the Office of the Secretary. Formerly an active pilot, he also served in the U.S. Navy as an Engineering Duty Officer. Mr. Wilson received his B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University and his M.S. degrees in Management Systems and Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Robert A. Davis of Seattle, Washington, has worked in a variety of capacities for the Boeing Company from 1958 until he retired from the company as Vice President of Engineering and Technology in 1999. Mr. Davis was awarded the Francois Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Prize for his part in the development of the 747 family of airplanes in 1997 and is President of the International Federation of Airworthiness, presently headquartered in London. Mr. Davis received his Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a M.S. in Engineering from the University of Washington.
Mr. Jerome Randolph Babbitt of Miami, Florida, is the immediate past President of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), a position held since 1991. ALPA is the largest labor union and professional organization of U.S. airline pilots. It is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and holds collective bargaining rights for 43,000 air transport pilots at 38 airlines. ALPA also serves as a strong industry safety advocate. Captain Babbitt was formerly a pilot with Eastern Airlines and additionally, was a leading figure in the recent Northwest Airlines pilots strike. Captain Babbitt attended the University of Georgia and the University of Miami.
With the enactment of the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996, Congress established the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council (Council). The Council shall provide advice and counsel to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and shall function as an oversight resource for management, policy, spending, and regulatory matters under the jurisdiction of the FAA.