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Career Story: Trade Show Organizer For Business Aircraft

Trade Show Organizer For Business Aircraft

Job Title: Director Regional Forums And Static Displays

Type of Company: I work for a trade association in Washington, DC which lobbies on behalf of corporate and private aircraft operators and fleet owners.

Education: AS, Travel and Tourism Management

Previous Experience: I worked with corporate aircraft at an airport before taking my current position.

Job Tasks: The trade association I work for puts on trade shows all over the world for corporate aircraft owners, flight departments and related service companies, and I'm responsible for picking the sites, organizing the exhibitors and setting up and moving the shows. At any one time, we have as many as a thousand exhibitors, with over 140 aircraft on display at a nearby airport. People in the market or the business come to network and make connections and to buy or sell products and services.

We have a couple of international venues: one in Geneva and the other in Sao Paulo. But we've also done shows in Singapore and Hong Kong. Putting on trade shows takes a lot of hard work and attention to detail and a focus on customer service, but the opportunity for travel it offers is worth the long hours.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the travel. If it weren't for my job, I'd never have gotten to see some of the places I've been.

The worst part of my job, on the other hand, is dealing with exhibitors: not all of them, just the demanding ones. But this is part and parcel of working with the public in any capacity. Some people are difficult and you just have to deal with them.

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