AAR Chairman & CEO David P. Storch Named First Winner of Penton Aviation Week Network’s Gilbert W. Speed Award

March 4, 2015

New leadership award honoring legacy of industry pioneer & SpeedNews founder presented during Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference

NEW YORK – March 3, 2015 – David P. Storch, Chairman & CEO of AAR, is the inaugural recipient of the Gilbert W. Speed Award honoring outstanding leadership and collaboration across the global aerospace and defense supply chain.  The award was presented today by the Penton Aviation Week Network at its 29th Annual SpeedNews Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference in Beverly Hills, CA. 

Award judges noted that Storch’s passions for collaboration, skills-focused education and business-driven solutions have translated into business success at global aerospace and defense firm AAR, where he has grown revenues by more than 300 percent since becoming only its second CEO in 1996.  During his career, he has emerged as “an important advocate of public-private partnerships to advance skills, build a pipeline of talent and share prosperity,” according to judges.

“David Storch is the ideal industry leader to receive this first Gilbert W. Speed Award,” said Greg Hamilton, President of the Penton Aviation Week Network.  “Like Gil, he has embodied integrity and success throughout his career, serving as a role model for collaborating across the aerospace and defense supply chain and mentoring next generation leaders.”

“I am honored to receive this award named for an industry pioneer and my respected friend and colleague Gil Speed," said Storch. “Gil was an accomplished entrepreneur who dedicated his life to the aviation industry and truly made a difference.”

The Gilbert W. Speed Award honors the legacy of the man who founded SpeedNews, the aviation industry’s newsletter of record, in 1979 and established its annual suppliers conference in 1987.  Speed, who passed away in January 2014 at age 81, was a well-respected industry partner and touched many lives during his 60+-year tenure in the aviation industry.

For more information about the Gil Speed Award, visit http://speednews.com/commercial-aviation-industry-suppliers-conference.




About AAR

AAR is a global aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 4,500 people in over 20 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial aviation and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include inventory management; parts supply; OEM parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and component repair. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include airlift operations; mobility systems; and command and control centers in support of military and humanitarian missions. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.


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