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Duncan Aviation Creates a Path for Future Leaders

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Submitted by Steve Gade, VP of sales and marketing

NBAA Leadership class

Jeannine Falter, Duncan Aviation Vice President of Business Development, conducts a class on leadership at NBAA 2013.

It may sound cliché, but every employee at Duncan Aviation is a member of the family, a fast growing family. And because many of our current employees will help to shape the future course of Duncan Aviation, we find it important to go the extra mile to make sure our people are empowered to do the right thing, and have access to training to enhance their expertise and advancement opportunities.

In order to accommodate our growth at Duncan Aviation, while continuously supporting and strengthening our culture and service to our customers, it became evident that investing in personal and leadership development within our own ranks was simply the right thing to do. Our approach was to create a program called Leadership Dynamics that immerses approximately 25 team members from across all areas and locations of the business into three intense two-day off-site sessions that spanned three months. Every year since 2005, we’ve held several classes facilitated by members of the Duncan Aviation Senior Management Team.

Based on feedback we’ve heard from attendees, the course has been well received and beneficial from a personal, family, as well as a professional perspective. An addition bonus benefit has been the executives and team members getting to know each other on a much more personal level.

There has been interest expressed in briefings with customers and discussions with Duncan Aviation Advisory Board members in having this type of leadership development exported to a wider audience. As a result, we boiled down some of the key concepts into a 60-minute NBAA leadership class led by myself and two other members of Duncan Aviation’s senior management team. This class is offered from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Our objective is simply to prime the pump and introduce leaders in our industry to the concept that the soft stuff is important stuff and does not have to be the hard stuff.

For more information, please visit Duncan Aviation at booth #C8543 at NBAA 2013 held Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas, or watch for announcements at

Steve Gade, Duncan Aviation’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, provides leadership and strategic direction to enterprise marketing and communications, Aircraft Sales and Acquisition's services and sales and production in the areas of accessory, avionics and instruments, avionics satellites and parts and components. His aviation career began in 1991.

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