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SLC 2017 – Analyze the Agenda

The 2017 Strategic Leadership Conference is the chance for maintenance community leaders to “engage for impact” at the highest levels of government. ARSA’s team is setting the stage for that work by (1) building a brief agenda of substantive content, high-level speakers and open discussion to prepare attendees to carry the industry’s message and (2) scheduling meetings for participants with executive branch leaders and policy makers as well as a few leaders in Congress.

To ensure you’re prepared – or to confirm you need to attend – review the agenda. See who will be joining us in Washington on October 18-19 and what they’ll be saying. It’ll be your turn, then, to add to the script:

2017 SLC Agenda (Click Here)


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Reception with the Administrator
Washington Court Hotel
Capitol Room
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Join industry and aviation policy community leaders for an evening of conversation and networking.  The FAA Administrator has been invited to share his agencies efforts to improve the quality of oversight and regulation.

The Honorable Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator*

Thursday, October 19, 2017 

Washington Court Hotel
Springwood Room
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW

8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m. Welcome & Setting the Stage
Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA

9:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Keynote Conversation
Our keynote speaker will share insights on Delta’s decision to start a repair station, the benefits and challenges of being a repair station associatied with an airline, risks and opportunities facing the global MRO sector, and how MRO companies can work together to ensure the industry’s growth and success.

Don Mitacek, Senior Vice President – Technical Operations, Delta TechOps*

9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Advocating for You
Panelists will, discuss how and why leading maintenance companies are getting engaged in the policy process, both on Capitol Hill and “back home.”

David Storch, Chairman & CEO, AAR Corp.
Aaron Hollander, President & CEO, First Aviation Services, Inc.
Jim Sokol, President of MRO Services, HAECO Americas
Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA (moderator)

10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Networking Break

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. International Opportunities
Panelists will focus on the importance of manufacturers and repair stations that are independent of type and production certificate holders. Discussion will revolve around supporting development of independent manufacturing and repair sources in the international regulatory arena and protecting intellectual property rights. 

Al Givray, Partner, Davis Graham & Stubbs & General Counsel, The Nordam Group
Mark Swearingen, Vice President of Technical Operations, Atlas Air 
Eric Mendelson, Co-President, HEICO 
Marshall Filler, Managing Director and General Counsel, ARSA (moderator)

12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch with Special Guest

1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Industry Meetings with Policymakers
Delegations of SLC attendees will fan out across the nation’s capital to meet with senior executive and legislative branch officials to build the maintenance industry’s visibility, promote ARSA policy objectives and gather information about policymaker priorities.

6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner
After a busy day, join senior industry colleagues for a relaxing evening of networking.


Event registration is extremely limited in order to maintain the high-level focus of the SLC. If you haven’t already, register today to ensure you have a place at the table:

Click here to visit the main event page (then bookmark it).

First round of sponsors to be unveiled soon, get your company on the list. Sponsorship opportunities available on the main event page; requests may be made via a registration form or by contact Brett Levanto at or 703.739.9543 Ext. 103.

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2017 Registration & Sponsorship Form (Click here)

2017 SLC Registration & Sponsorship Form


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