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 2018 Annual Conference: Leading Through Change

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Over 600 decision makers and strategists from the world's most influential aerospace companies attended PNAA's 17th Annual Aerospace Conference!

2018’s 17th Annual Conference saw continued growth over previous years with 623 attendees from around the globe.  Executives representing over 330 companies from 10 nations gathered to hear how the aerospace industry is transforming and how they can stay ahead of their competition with the use of digital technologies, analytics, automation, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing techniques.  Ten countries, 30 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces were represented at the four-day event at the Lynnwood Convention Center. 

In addition to this year’s robust attendance, the lineup featured 43 expert speakers and aerospace analysts -- a 34% increase over last year.  “The addition of 11 tech sessions, 24 B2B buyers and a 44 exhibitors – all record numbers – made for a banner year.” said PNAA’s Chairman Ted Croft.

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The B2B Fair:

PNAA’s B2B meetings bustled with activity as suppliers from hundreds of global companies met with 24 representatives from OEMs and Tier 1-2 suppliers in 10 minute one-on-one sessions. These sessions were an opportunity for the supplier to discuss their products and services and learn about the requirements for entering the representative’s supply chain.  This year, 414 connections were made during the B2B.

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11 Technical Sessions Offered:

PNAA collaborated with 11 industry partners to host technical sessions on a broad range of topics including building robust shop floor processes, digital marketing, account management, change leadership, paid internships and apprenticeship programs, lights out machining, visual performance tools others and more.  These one-hour sessions, presented by leaders in their fields, provided in-depth information and tools for attendees to take back into their businesses.

Four Industry Excellence Awards Presented: 

Past Executive of the Year, Paul Michaels of GMN Aerospace welcomed attendees to this year’s Excellence Awards Banquet, recognizing several fellow past award winners in the audience.  Over the course of the evening, four exceptional executives were recognized for their contribution to excellence in the Pacific Northwest aerospace industry.

  • Inspire Award: Mary Kaye Bredeson, Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing,
  • Aerospace Executive of the Year: Tim Komberec, Empire Aerospace, Empire Aviation, Empire Unmanned
  • Aerospace Company of the Year: Tool Gauge, Inc.
  • Chairman’s Award: Norbert Steinkemper, Niedersachsen Aviation

$31,750 in Scholarships Awarded to 22 Northwest Aerospace Students

As part of its ongoing commitment to educating the next generation of aerospace workers, PNAA awarded $31,750 in scholarships to 22 northwest students pursuing aerospace educations.  

“The PNAA Scholarship Program is designed to support the educational dreams of students preparing for careers that will to take our industry into the future,” said PNAA’s Chairman Ted Croft. This year, 14 sponsors provided funding for scholarships of $1,000 for students at 11 colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest. Twenty-two ambitious students with a love for aerospace design, maintenance and engineering are the recipients of the industry’s generosity.

Thank you Scholarship Program Sponsors: LMI Aerospace, ASKO Group, 360 Hotel Group, Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, SPEEA, Umbra Cuscinetti, Moss Adams, Thyssenkrupp, Orion Industries, Aviation Partners Boeing, Pacific Northwest Law Group, Aero Plastics, Locus Analytics and PNAA


2018 Aerospace Conference

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Leading Through Change: Managing Transformation

PNAA's 17th Annual Aerospace Conference at the Lynnwood Convention Center - February 12-15, 2018

Transformational Times are Upon Us Throughout the Aerospace Manufacturing Industry

The nature of how we design, develop and produce airplanes is transforming. In an era where innovation, increased efficiencies and cost reduction are paramount, digital technologies, data analytics, automation & robotics, advanced materials & manufacturing techniques are key enablers to the future success of aerospace companies.

The Pacific Northwest’s premier aerospace conference delivers the latest market intelligence on these enablers, with first hand examples of their successful application. A must-attend conference for C-Suite Executives, Strategic Planners, Business Development and other management professionals, this dynamic 4-day event in the heart of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Cluster convenes a unique cross-section of the supply chain and industry experts to address global supply chain issues, discuss the latest forecasts and engage on the latest trends.

• Connections & Collaboration
• Market Intelligence
• Exclusive B2B
• VIP Meetings
• Global Supply Chain Issues
• Meet the PNW Supply Chain
• Exhibit Booths
• Foreign Delegations
• Optional Boeing Tours
• Industry Awards


• Industry Experts from Teal Group, ICF International and McKinsey
• Boeing Supply Chain and Marketing Leadership
• Tier 1 Integrators and Partners from around the globe
• Airbus Americas Marketing and Procurement
• Executive Networking, Tech Sessions, Leading Keynotes and more!

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 Who Should Attend

This is a must-attend for C-Suite Executives, Strategic Planners, Business Development and other aerospace management professionals.


 Pre-Conference Boeing Tours are Monday, February 12: 

North End Tour: Boeing Factory in Everett, WA / South End Tour: Boeing Factory in Renton, WA

Click here for details


 Click here for a conference flyer to share with your aerospace business associates

Click here to see our Pre-Conference Webinar Slide Presentation

A special thank you to PNAA Affiliate Members and other partners that help promote our events:
British American Business CouncilCIMdataEconomic Alliance Snohomish County, Economic Development Council of Seattle King CountyFrench American Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Aerospace Alliance, Impact Washington, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, Washington State Department of Commerce, 





Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance

Mail Stop: 16625 Redmond Way, Ste M #187,
Redmond, WA 98052

Phone: 425-885-0290
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Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance is a non-profit organization that promotes the growth and global competitiveness of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Cluster. Please consider donating to our scholarship fund.