HONORING A PNAA LEGEND 18TH ANNUAL AEROSPACE CONFERENCE | SOARING TO SUCCESS In the late 1980s, Boeing began to narrow its direct supplier base. Fortunately, through his work with The Washington State Department of Commerce, visionary Bill King was there to assist the State’s extensive supplier base in adapting to the change in the aerospace supply chain. By 1995, with assistance from a few suppliers and other aerospace enthusiasts, Bill was leading the formation of the Washington State Aerospace Alliance (WAA). In 2001, WAA merged with the Northwest Aerospace Association (based in Oregon) to create PNAA, a regional alliance strengthening the aerospace industry the Pacific Northwest to ensure the region’s manufacturing foothold for decades to come. As one of PNAA’s original board members, Bill King has dedicated his efforts over two decades to create a strong alliance of suppliers and manufacturers here in the Northwest. He has been a unifying force in a fierce and competitive industry, and he has worked tirelessly to ensure that PNAA would soar effortlessly into the future. PNAA isn’t the only organization to show its appreciation of Bill’s efforts for our industry. In 2007, the French Government knighted Bill as a ‘Chevalier’ of the French National Order of Merit for his contributions throughout his career to the development and enrichment of French- American relations in aeronautics and space. These days, Bill is retired from Washington State Department of Commerce where he was responsible for assisting with business access to the international aerospace marketplace. Continuing to promote the global competitiveness of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Cluster, Bill is currently the Principal of SubRosa Aero, an aerospace consulting firm When not fully engaged with industry issues, he can be found on ski slopes where he enjoys his free time. This past October PNAA had to say goodbye to Bill, as he decided it was time to turn over his PNAA board seat to a new board member and pursue even more free time on the ski slopes. “Bill has dedicated a lifetime to improving the aerospace industry in the Pacific Northwest,” said Emeritus Executive Director Melanie Jordan. “His contribution to PNAA and the impact it has left on the aerospace community is tremendous and cannot be understated. We will miss his leadership on our board, and we will cherish his friendship for years to come.” PNAA WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL TO FOUNDING MEMBER AND GOOD FRIEND BILL KING FOR HIS LASTING DEVOTION AND IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR ORGANIZATION AND OUR INDUSTRY. BillwithfellowPNAABoardMembersatthe2010AbbotsfordAirshow 14