ARSA Strategic Leadership Conference

The Strategic Leadership Conference (SLC) provided industry leaders from around the world an informal setting to discuss important issues facing aviation maintenance. Federal agencies, elected leaders, customer representatives and industry partners are invited to share ideas, objectives and solutions to common issues.

Incorporation with the Annual Repair Symposium

After the 2017 SLC (which you can re-live below), ARSA chose to incorporate the executive-level engagement of the event into the association’s annual Legislative Day & Repair Symposium each March. Check out the symposium page to learn more about the spring event, including the “Executive to Executive Briefings.”

2017 – Event Information

The 2017 SLC was held Oct. 18-19 in Washington, D.C. To see what happened, visit:

SLC 2017 – See What Happened

Thank you to all of the organizations stepped up to sponsor SLC and facilitate engagement for the maintenance community. 

Gold Sponsors


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*To learn more about any of these organizations that stepped up to support ARSA, click the appropriate logo. To learn how to join them, click the “Sponsorship Opportunities” menu below.

Use the menus below to learn more about the event, then complete the form to register. 

2017 SLC Agenda (Click Here)


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
Washington Court Hotel
Executive Room
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Join industry and aviation policy community leaders for an evening of conversation and networking. Hear from an experienced international aviation policy leader about what’s “hot” in the global regulatory market and how maintenance community stakeholders can influence organizations like the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

William R. Voss, Independent Aviation Consultant and Former Air Navigation Commissioner, ICAO

Thursday, October 19, 2017 

Washington Court Hotel
Executive 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. Administrator’s Keynote
The FAA Administrator will share insight on his agency’s efforts to improve the quality of oversight and regulation. Participants will have the chance to discuss how the maintenance community can work together to ensure the industry’s growth and success.

The Honorable Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator

9:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 a.m.–11:15 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.”

Marcus Jadotte, Vice President of Government Affairs, 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)

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Importance of Independence
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
Alex de Gunten, Business Development Officer, HEICO
Mark Swearingin, Former Vice President of Technical Operations, Atlas Air Cargo, Polar Air Cargo and Southern Air (retired)
Marshall Filler, Managing Director and General Counsel, ARSA (moderator)

12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch & The Airline Perspective
A Hill veteran and aviation industry insider will share insights about life insight the beltway and the importance of engagement with the government.

David Richardson, Senior Director of Governmental Affairs, Southwest Airlines

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.

6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Reception and Dinner
After a busy day, join senior industry colleagues for a relaxing evening of networking.


Sponsorship Opportunities (Beyond SLC)

ARSA is grateful to the organizations that have stepped up to facilitate engagement for the maintenance community. You can see their logos above and should take a moment to learn more about them.

While the association is no longer accepting SLC sponsorship requests, the opportunity to support ARSA’s work never ends: Contact Vice President of Communications Brett Levanto ( to learn more.


SLC Location & Hotel Accommodations

The 2017 SLC will be held in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Court Hotel:

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Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

As of Sept. 12, the association’s block of discounted rooms is full. Individuals may still reserve an undiscounted room by visiting:

For individuals seeking other options, the following hotels can provide alternatives (click hotel name to view its website):

Grand Hyatt Washington 
Liaison Capitol Hill 
Renaissance Washington DC
Henley Park Hotel

Things To Do in Washington, D.C.

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