...Meanwhile, Over At GAMA...

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As the NBAA wraps up its search effort, GAMA must ramp up to find a replacement for Bolen. (Maybe the NBAA can FedEx them those 49 other resumes they have on file.) For now, Ron Swanda, GAMA's senior vice president of operations, will manage the association's day-to-day affairs. Bolen had been with GAMA since 1995, starting out as senior vice president and general counsel, and took over as CEO in 1996. "Ed Bolen has been a tremendously effective leader," said GAMA Chairman Clay Jones in a news release last Thursday. "While GAMA will miss Ed's leadership, we are pleased that he will continue to serve the general aviation community in his new role." Bolen also served as chairman of the FAA's Management Advisory Council, which provides advice and oversight on management, policy, spending and regulatory matters. Bolen also serves as an advisor to NASA, and holds memberships on the aviation advisory board of the MITRE Corporation, the policy board of RTCA, and the board of directors at the National Aeronautic Association.