President (Chicago, IL)
Brian grew up under the final approach path for runway 22L at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. As a kid he was always looking skyward, and by the age of 6 proclaimed that he wanted to be a Pilot. After a discovery flight at age 14, Brian focused his energy on his lofty dreams by heading to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science, with a minor in Air Traffic Management. Right after college Brian attained his first job in the airline sector, spending 8-years learning and honing his skills; abilities that would land him his dream job at JetBlue Airways where he currently flies the Airbus 320/321.
Brian was very lucky to have parents who not only supported his aspirations for the sky but also stood by his side when he came to terms with his sexuality. He also found the support of the NGPA in 2008 and attended his first Palm Springs event that very same year. Fast forward through a few years of membership and Brian began to take on a leadership role as the Director of the Industry Expo event in late 2015. In that role, the NGPA has seen the Industry Expo grow from an event of less than 100 attendees to one which see’s over 1,400 attendees and exhibitors each year. This connection to our Industry Partners and sponsors has given Brian the opportunity to sign many of NGPA’s current sponsorship agreements as well as further relationships for our organization across the industry.
Brian lives in Chicago with his husband Jon who works in global marketing. Outside of work and NGPA, Brian and Jon are passionate about traveling to new areas of the world and tasting wines throughout the areas they visit. They love reading a good travel blog and they have a knack for redeeming airlines miles for fancy travel around the globe.