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Stick Shaker: Chris Willenborg – Saying Goodbye to State Service

kim6I value the relationship that I’ve built with every state aviation director over the last 20 years. Whether they are still active, retired, deceased or working on the dark-side, I count it a privilege to know or have known and worked with so many. We are a relatively small family within the broader aviation industry and I think that helps tie us together with a unique bond.

It is with this understanding that I say I will miss working with Chris Willenborg of Massachusetts on a regular basis. That bond I feel with all of the NASAO men and women was heightened by the unusual circumstances that Chris and I found ourselves in last year – he as NASAO Chairman and I as Interim President and CEO, working through the loss of a friend, a mentor and an institution, if you will, in the state aviation business – that of Henry Ogrodzinski.

 As you may have already heard, Chris will be stepping down from his position as Administrator of the Aeronautics Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in July to pursue other opportunities. Whatever that opportunity turns out to be, I have no doubt that Chris will be successful. I base that not only on the experience of working closely with Chris and witnessing his drive, commitment, integrity and outstanding professionalism, but on comments that I have heard from others, including his colleagues in Massachusetts, thanking him for all of his contributions to the aviation community within the state and wishing him well.

Chris not only has served this association well, but has taken a program in Massachusetts that has seen some great accomplishments throughout the years and added his own mark that will benefit the state for years to come. Chris will be the first to give credit for any success to his valuable team there at MassDOT, and to those that he worked with in state and federal government and within the aviation industry, and that is what you would expect from the leader that he is.

Thank you Chris for your years of service to NASAO, for your commitment and for the many sacrifices that you made that no one will ever be aware of.

Willenborg at Airventure.

Willenborg at Airventure.

 

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