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CELEBRATING33 YEARS: 1984 - 2017
The Aero Club of Metropolitan Atlanta was founded in 1984 by Lockheed Aircraft Company executives and local business people to serve the aviation community.
Our January speaker was Stephan C. Brown, the president and chief executive officer of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). A former Army aviator and private pilot with more than 2,000 hours logged in military and civilian aircraft, he has more than 25 years of leadership, marketing and financial management experience. Brown assumed his post with the CAF on Oct. 17, 2007.
After graduating from Penn State University in 1983, Brown served as an Army commissioned officer and helicopter pilot, earning the rank of captain. Upon his discharge from the Army in 1988, Brown began a career in consumer products, sales and marketing at the leading marine electronics manufacturer, Humminbird Fishfinders in Eufaula, Ala. He quickly rose through the ranks from territory sales manager to vice president of sales/marketing, product development and finally as Managing Director.
In 1997, he left Humminbird to form the Consumer Products Division at Valley Recreation Products, Inc., in Saginaw, Mich. When the opportunity came along a short time later to work at EAA – and reconnect with his passion for aviation – he quickly accepted the position of executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Brown was recruited by EAA in 1998 to bring the organization’s marketing into the future. Under Steve’s leadership, a web presence was developed, a branding effort was implemented and what is today known as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh was solidified. Brown remained with the organization for nearly five years.
In 2002, Brown left EAA launched his own business: RSVP Wisconsin, a national franchise direct mail marketing publication. He continued to own and direct this operation while serving as president and chief operating officer of Chi-Mar Construction, LLC, in Destin, Fla.
Through his leadership, the Commemorative Air Force has become the leader in warbird aviation with a voice among decision makers in the field of Aviation as well as in Washington, D.C. The CAF owns and operates 168 vintage military aircraft which are cared for by 12,000 members in over 60 unit locations within the United States and four foreign countries. The organization continues on its mission to Honor American Military Aviation, through flight, exhibition and remembrance.
From Our November Special Event--FlightSafety International Simulator Center Open House
FlightSafety International opened their Simulator Center for Atlanta Aero Club members, providing the exceptional opportunity to fly their State of the Art Jet and Turboprop Simulators at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Each year, this is one of the highlights of the Atlanta Aero Club.
Our sincere thanks go out to FlightSafety International for making this event possible! We appreciate everything you do for the Atlanta Aero Club.
About the Atlanta Aero Club
The Atlanta Aero Club is dedicated to providing a forum for matters affecting aviation in the Atlanta area, both commercial and general; recognizing and awarding those making the greatest contribution to furthering aviation in the Atlanta area; communicating and disseminating information affecting aviation; and promoting all aviation and recognizing its importance to the metropolitan area and to the State of Georgia.
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