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IADA launches NextGen Initiative to inspire young professionals

The International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) has appointed a committee of young aviation professionals to lead the aircraft resale organization’s focus on its future.

NextGen is a new IADA initiative aimed at supporting and empowering young professionals in the business aviation industry. The IADA NextGen Committee recently held its first meeting at IADA’s annual fall meeting.

“IADA is delighted to unveil the establishment of our young professionals committee, IADA NextGen,” said IADA Executive Director Wayne Starling. “We look forward to supporting their initiatives and eagerly await the promising influence of their voices within our association.”

Chairing the NextGen Committee is Jessica Belcher of Exclusive Aircraft Sales. Joining her on the new committee are Richard A. McEachin from Aviation Legal Group, P.A., Patrick Bradley of Global Wings LLC, Kyle Wagman of Leading Edge Aviation Solutions LLC, and Sam Gilchrist of Gilchrist Aviation Law, P.C.

IADA NextGen is dedicated to the future progress of the industry, identifying challenges and supporting solutions related to sustainability, technology, fuels, manufacturing, and other key aspects of aviation.

The IADA NextGen Committee focuses on networking, professional development, mentorship and community outreach to help cultivate the next generation of aviation leaders.

The committee offers unmatched networking opportunities through industry events, an internal member directory, and online forums. NextGen members have access to webinars, career development resources, and recognition programs for emerging leaders. IADA’s Accredited Dealers and Verified Products and Services Members will serve as mentors, passing on knowledge and experience to help NextGen professionals succeed.

The NextGen Committee will also connect with students and universities through internship programs and campus events. Committee members will work with the IADA Foundation to advance these outreach efforts, including scholarship opportunities.