Ricci's creative amalgamation of business aviation services created a higher standard of expectations. His current vision and leadership at Directional Capital as an umbrella facilitator have created efficiencies in fractional aircraft ownership, aircraft management and services that improved the entire industry. Ricci embodies the entrepreneurial spirit in every sense of the word.
John Travolta, the official Ambassador of Aviation, hosts the event. Other honorees this year at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards include:
- Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO of the General Dynamics Corporation will receive the "Aviation Industry Leader of the Year Award."
- Mark and Scott Kelly, twin brothers, astronauts and Navy captains will each receive the "Aviation Inspiration and Patriotism Award."
- Steve Hickok, president of Hickok and Associates, will receive the Bell Helicopter "Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award."
- Peter Paul Luce, board member for "Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum" in Denver, CO, will receive the "Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award."
- Clay Lacy, founder of Clay Lacy Aviation, will receive the "Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award," a continuation of the award named for the late aviation legend who passed away last fall.
The Living Legends of Aviation will also welcome several new members into their ranks at the event:
- Ray Conner, vice chairman The Boeing Company
- Dr. Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group
- Elling Halvorson, founder and chairman of the board for Papillon Group
- Nick Popovich, airplane repossession man extraordinaire
- General Mark Welsh III, recently retired Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force
The Awards are produced by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization. Kiddie Hawk's mission is to educate children about and spark their interest in aviation. A few seats are still available for this "Red Carpet, Black Tie" event. Please visit LivingLegendsOfAviation.org for more information.
Media/Red Carpet Access Patty Kovacevich,
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