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Neil Planzer

Neil Planzer has a long and successful career providing solutions in air traffic management and aviation. For 14 years, he served as the vice president of Aviation Infrastructure and ATM for the Boeing Company, leading a successful and profitable business unit, designing and implementing the company’s ATM pursuits. As a member of the Senior Executive Service in the U.S. Air Force Neil served simultaneously in two significant positions: Executive Director, DoD Policy Board on Federal Aviation and Director, Civil Aviation. Neil was a key adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council after the September 11th attacks. Neil had a 25 year career at the Federal Aviation Administration including serving as the Director of the Office of Air Traffic Program Management and Air Traffic Systems Requirements Service.

Neil has developed processes, procedures and airspace solutions with Air Navigation Service Providers and their regulatory agencies across the globe. His solutions helped members of the European Union and Eurocontrol,  EASA, China, Indonesia, Canada, Russia and Bermuda.

In 2010, Neil received the Air Traffic Control Association’s (ATCA) Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award. Among the most prestigious awards in aviation, the award recognizes the outstanding, long-term achievement of an individual in the field of aviation.

Neil serves on the European Institute’s Board of Directors, Chairmen Emeritus on the ATCA Board of Directors, and served for 7 years on the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Executive Committee. Neil was appointed by the Secretary of Defense and served 3 years on the FAA Management Advisory Committee. Neil also served in the U.S. Air Force. Neil and his wife Andrea are active pilots and have operated their own aircraft for 30 years.

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Donna McLean

Donna has operated her own firm for the past 13 years, providing strategic advice, business development direction, and tactical plans for her clients.  She is a professor for Indiana University and teaches their semester in Washington program which focuses on the Congressional budgetary and Executive regulatory processes. In 2006, she was confirmed by the Senate to serve a five year term on the Board of Amtrak.  She was the first woman Chair of Amtrak and helped usher in an era of increased ridership, increased revenues and new leadership.  In 2001, she was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate as the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer of Department of Transportation.  After the horrific attacks of 9/11, Donna helped establish the newly formed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) including rapidly establishing TSA's user fees and flexible funding structure which were the only funds provided for the first few months.  Donna served as the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Chief Financial Officer and is an expert in federal budgetary treatment.  Donna also worked at the Office of Management and Budget, and was a staffer at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the Aviation Subcommittee.  During her time on Capitol Hill, she helped shape the flexible procurement and personnel laws that FAA now uses. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.