Jetrader - Winter 2015 - (Page 28)

The ISTAT Quarterback A tribute to Executive Director Ron Pietrzak's contributions to the growth of ISTAT A After 10 years of distinguished service as the executive director of ISTAT and the ISTAT Foundation and more than 37 years of association management (24 of those years at SmithBucklin, ISTAT's professional management company), Ron Pietrzak announced this year that he would be retiring. Under Ron's leadership, ISTAT has grown substantially. Membership increased from 1,463 to 3,900. ISTAT Europe leapt from 250 attendees in 2006 to more than 1,200 this past October. ISTAT Asia, the ISTAT Holiday Receptions and the ISTAT Latin America Forum were only ideas that have come to fruition, further expanding ISTAT's footprint. And ISTAT Americas, the organization's flagship conference, saw attendance more than double during his tenure with the 2015 event drawing over 1,700 aviation professionals from 39 countries. The entire ISTAT community would like to thank Ron for his faithful and energetic service to the organization over the past 10 years. The photos and memories shared on the next pages illustrate his leadership and commitment throughout the years. I have been around long enough to remember when we interviewed SmithBucklin, and Ron was brought to the initial meeting as an example of an association executive director. We decided to have ISTAT and the ISTAT Foundation managed by SmithBucklin and were presented with several candidates for executive director. Tom Heimsoth, John Vitale, Greg May and I interviewed several candidates, but we kept coming back to Ron, who we were told was not available. Ron was busy with the wallcovering, ladder and steel associations he managed, and he simply did not have time for us. I am so glad that we fought for Ron, and eventually he became the ISTAT man! Ron's dedication, professionalism, true interest in our mission and the business of our members have enabled huge growth in our membership and programs. We have grown from an organization run from someone's kitchen table to a professional, audited organization with best practices that have been led by Ron. There is no way that a volunteer board could manage all of the ISTAT programs and member services in a responsible way without the systems and processes Ron has put in place, and all of our members are the beneficiaries of Ron's work and dedication. I am sure that in retirement, Ron will have the best organized home in Chicago! Michael Platt Chief Executive Officer, Lease Corporation International 28 The official publication of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jetrader - Winter 2015

A Message from the President
Calendar/News
Q&A: John Grant, Senior Analyst, OAG
ISTAT Europe: A High-Flying Success
The ISTAT Quarterback
State of the Regions: Asia & Middle East
Old Guys Rule
ISTAT Foundation Sponsors Herb Kelleher Trophy
Trend Watching
Aviation History
Aircraft Appraisals
ISTAT Foundation
Advertiser.com
Advertiser Index

Jetrader - Winter 2015

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