NGPA's strength comes from the incredible people who make up the organization. As pilots and aviation enthusiasts helping each other, volunteering exemplifies the spirit of NGPA more than anything else. We can always use a hand, and volunteering is a great way to meet people and make new friends.


Executive Leaders

Brian Gambino

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.


Troy Merritt

Vice-President (Atlanta, GA)

Troy’s journey to aviation began in 2011 when he enrolled in the University of North Dakota's flight program. Upon completing his degree and flight training, Troy spent time as a flight instructor before moving on to his career as an airline pilot. Throughout his airline career, Troy has served as First Officer, Captain, Pilot Recruiter, and Assistant Chief Pilot. Today, Troy is thrilled to be a part of United Airlines flying the A320.

With the support of his close friends, Troy came out as gay in 2011 during his freshman year in college. Troy joined the NGPA in 2016 and quickly found a home in the LGBTQ aviation community. For Troy, the NGPA allowed him to combine his career and interest in aviation with his identity in the LGBTQ community. 

Troy’s first volunteer work with the NGPA involved the building of university and flight school chapters of the NGPA on multiple college campuses. Most recently, Troy was Director of Member Services and Support, and now serves at the Vice-President of the NGPA. Troy lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his partner, who is also a member of the NGPA, an airline pilot, and, curiously enough, is also named Troy.


Steven Tustin

Chair (Long Beach, CA)

Steven serves as co-chair of the NGPA board of directors and sits on the Governance, Finance, and Marketing committees. Before being named co-chair in 2020, he volunteered as director of marketing and chaired that committee for two years. Prior to that he served as a board member and secretary of the NGPA Education Fund as well as serving on the NGPA Alliance Committee that was responsible for combining the NGPA and NGPA Education Fund into a single nonprofit in 2017.

Before becoming an airline pilot, Steven was responsible for safety and quality assurance for S E Pipe Line Construction and then as an administrator for environmental, health, and safety compliance at Gulfstream Aerospace.

Steven accomplished his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot in 1989 when he earned his private pilot license at Corona Municipal Airport near Riverside, California. After many years of being an active general aviation pilot and flight instructor he decided on a career change and joined Trans States Airlines as a first officer in 1998. Since then, Steven has flown a variety of commercial aircraft and is now captain for Southwest Airlines on the 737 based in Los Angeles.

He earned a BA in International Relations from the University of Redlands in 1988 and now resides in Long Beach, California with his husband Christian where they are active supporters of the LGBTQ and aviation communities.


Scott Konzem

Vice Chair (Raleigh, NC)

Scott Konzem is proud to serve as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the NGPA, the worldwide LGBTQ aviation community.  Prior to this role, Scott served as Chair of the Development Committee for three years where he directed individual donor fundraising for the organization.  He also serves as the NGPA Military Liaison, where his goal is to facilitate greater communication and cooperation between Department of Defense entities and the NGPA.

In Scott's day job, he serves as a Pilot in the U.S. Air Force.  Scott earned his commission and BS in English in 2004 from the U.S. Air Force Academy and since then has earned his MBA, MS in International Relations (Troy University) and MA in National Security and Strategic Studies (U.S. Naval War College).  Scott considers himself lucky to have served as an instructor and evaluator in a variety of U.S. Air Force aircraft from small propeller and training aircraft up to the C-17A.

Scott lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his husband Don and their very spoiled Shih-Tzu, Max.