TAMPA, Fla. – The future of business aviation looked bright during a busy week at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) 2016 conference in Tampa this winter, where Phillips 66® Aviation and 22 of its FBOs joined more than 2,800 attendees and 517 exhibitors, both record-breaking numbers for this event.
Phillips 66 Aviation touched the lives of several attendees, providing a scholarship donation for flight professionals, a bevy of giveaways featuring sought-after designer bags, jewelry and more, plus a VIP party with a live, rollicking band.
Of course, the real stars along the festive Phillips 66 Aviation Fuel Row were representatives from Phillips 66 branded FBOs that brought smiles, games, giveaways and great reasons why their facilities, customer service and Phillips 66 programs can make schedulers’ lives easier.
During the annual S&D awards ceremony, more than $44,000 worth of monetary scholarships were awarded to nine people from a program that helps flight professionals further their careers through continuing education. The Schedulers & Dispatchers training scholarships were funded in part by a $5,000 donation from Phillips 66 Aviation.
Brande Waddle, an aviation coordinator from Dallas, and Jacque Clark, an aviation scheduler from North Canton, Ohio, won the big grand prizes from Phillips 66 during S&D's closing luncheon – a Tory Burch designer tote bag and registration to the 2017 S&D Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, respectively. Displayed at the Phillips 66 Aviation booth, along with designer goodies from Michael Kors, COACH, Tiffany & Co. and Kendra Scott, the prizes drew crowds of S&D attendees hoping to take home more than memories.
The record-breaking attendance and exhibitor numbers fueled an S&D filled with robust education and professional development sessions, networking events and opportunities to give back to the local Tampa community. This year’s conference featured a renewed focus on humanitarian efforts in support of the host city. Conference attendees volunteered time to pack hundreds of bags of food for Feeding America Tampa Bay. Also, more than 4,300 gently worn business garments were collected during the conference and donated to local charities.
Phillips 66 Aviation is already planning for next year’s S&D 2017, scheduled for February 7-10 in Fort Worth.