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Aerospace Center for Excellence and SUN ‘n FUN Announce New Business Development Manager

LAKELAND, Fla. (June 29, 2022) – With the ever-growing Aerospace Expo requiring more and more resources to meet demand, Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) and SUN ‘n FUN (SNF) announce the addition of Jana Filip to the team as Business Development Manager. In her new role, Filip will be responsible for creating and managing initiatives that …

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AOPA Sits Down with Eric Crump, ACE’s NEW Executive Director.

We could not be more excited about Eric joining the ACE team. Find out how Eric helps bring passion for helping youth get into aviation careers and more in the interview below. Click link for interview The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is the largest community of pilots in the world, providing aviation advocacy, …

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Aerospace Center For Excellence Is Proud to Announce NEW Executive Director

LAKELAND, FL: The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is thrilled to announce that Eric Crump has been named the organization’s new Executive Director commencing June 1, 2022. Crump, a lifelong lover of all things aviation and aerospace, opened the Polk State College Aerospace program in 2012. Since its inception, he has served as its Director …

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CEO Gene Conrad

AEROSPACE CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE & SUN N’ FUN AEROSPACE EXPO SELECTS NEW PRESIDENT/CEO

LAKELAND, FL: The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) and SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo (SnF) Board of Directors are thrilled to announce that Gene Conrad has been named the organization’s new President/CEO commencing April 11, 2022. Conrad, who was born in Oshkosh, WI and resides in Lakeland, FL, has been the Airport Director of Lakeland …

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Project: STRATOS

Project: STRATOS 2022

The Aerospace Center for Excellence is excited to announce the re-imagination of Project STRATOS: an aviation leadership and art competition. Project STRATOS finalist will continue to receive prizes and recognition associated with the 2022 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in. New this year, competitors will be provided the opportunity to participate in (1) Pathways to Aviation …

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President and CEO, John “Lites” Leenhouts Will Retire After 2022 Aerospace Expo

President and CEO John “Lites” Leenhouts has been at the helm of SUN ‘n FUN for over a decade and has worked in the industry for 48 years. During his tenure, the organization has transformed not only the operating state and organizational culture but also the perspective from which it operates. Tracy Neal, Chief Financial Officer, …

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