NBAA Announces 2017 Kern Professionalism Award Recipients

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) recognizes 18 recipients of its annual Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award, which honors individuals in the business aviation industry for outstanding professionalism and leadership in support of aviation safety.

The 2017 Kern Award winners are: 

Robert Agostino

James Albright

Richard Boll

Russell Bryan

Steve Charbonneau

Gerald Ferriss

Jason Herman

Fred Karnik

David Keys

Yann Lemasson

William McNease

Rodrigo Mulchi

Donald Paddock

Paul ‘BJ’ Ransbury

Sarah Rovner

Gregory Scott

Jim Weaver

Scott White

The peer-nominated award—created to honor Dr. Tony Kern, a co-founder of Convergent Performance, distinguished U.S. Air Force veteran and author of five books on human performance—recognizes individuals who excel in leadership in the following areas:

  • Professional ethics
  • Vocational excellence
  • Continuous improvement
  • Professional engagement
  • Professional image
  • Selflessness

“We are again impressed by the number and caliber of the nominations submitted,” says Mark Larsen, NBAA senior manager of safety and flight operations. “These 18 individuals perfectly meet what Dr. Kern defines as ‘professional’.”

The nominations were vetted by a panel of NBAA Safety Committee Professionalism Working Group members. NBAA will be accepting nominations for the 2017 awards starting in January. 

To learn more about the Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award, visit:

To learn more about NBAA’s efforts to promote professionalism in business aviation, visit:

For more information about the numerous scholarship opportunities offered by NBAA Charities, contact Tyler Austin, manager of professional development, at (202) 783-9267 or, or visit

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