Bob Quinn, GSLBAA Board Member
Washington, DC, June 30, 2019 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that Bob Quinn, the association’s Central regional representative, will retire on June 30, after 13 years of service on behalf of NBAA members in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Since joining NBAA in 2006, Quinn has been a tireless advocate for the interests of business aviation in the Midwest. His significant communication talents and extensive knowledge of the business aviation industry have made him a highly credible and knowledgeable advocate for aviation at state legislatures, regulatory agencies, airport organizations and more.
“Bob’s unmatched networking skills have been highly effective in bringing a variety of interests together and in facilitating successful programs and partnerships,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His strong operational background and understanding of airspace and airport issues have greatly benefited business aviation operators in the Central region.”
Bolen noted that Quinn’s input for airspace redesign efforts--including RNAV arrivals and departures--in the St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit metropolitan areas was instrumental to their successful implementation.
“Bob has ably represented a large region of the country, and his knowledge and advocacy for business aviation will be missed,” said Steve Hadley, NBAA regional programs senior director and Southwest regional representative. “We wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life.”
Quinn is a past president and 30-year member of the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA), considered to be the second oldest regional business aviation group in the nation.
After graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial administration, Quinn started his aviation career as a design engineer with McDonnell Douglas, later working for the Trane Company and Emerson Electric in engineering and marketing positions. Over his more than 50-year aviation career, he has accumulated almost 17,000 hours with eight type ratings on his ATP plus an A&P and Inspection Authorization, and has more than 25 years of experience as a corporate charter pilot.
Prior to joining NBAA, Quinn was a Gulfstream captain with TAG Aviation, and has flown an array of Gulfstreams from the G-2 thru the G-550 and operated them in every continent except Antarctica. He is still flying his Christen Eagle II biplane, which is based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS).
According to NBAA’s Hadley, the association will soon be announcing a realignment of the U.S. regions covered by the regional representatives.
At the recent NBAA Regional Group Leadership Round Table, Bob Quinn was presented with the "Order of the Silk Scarf Award" by NBAA for diligence, industry, and persistence in nurturing, improving and enjoying aviation!
Edward Bolen, President and CEO of NBAA, wrote a personal note for Bob's retirement:
Congratulations to Bob on his years of service to NBAA and contributions to business aviation in general. Bob has been a cooperate pilot in the St Louis area for many years as well as a contributor and leader in the local business aviation community. He has served as a GSLBAA Board member, officer and BAAMO committee chairman, providing foundational leadership that has helped stimulate the growth of GSLBAA over the years.
Bob continues to serve on the GSLBAA Board and will be an integral part going forward.