Kevin McAllister

Executive Vice President, 
The Boeing Company
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

13th Annual AFA Aerospace Summit

AFA's Annual Aerospace Summit is one of the most anticipated aerospace events of the year, with presentations, fireside chats, and in-depth analyses from top executives in the aerospace industry with unique and insider views of the trends and developments that are changing the industry today and into the future.





Keynotes and Presenters 

Kevin McAllister

Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company
President & CEO, BCA


Kevin McAllister is executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). He is a member of Boeing's Executive Council and serves as Boeing's senior executive in the Pacific Northwest.

Named BCA president and CEO in November 2016, he is responsible for delivering on a record backlog and overseeing the growth of its commercial airplane programs.

Bob Smith, PhD

CEO of Blue Origin


An inspired and inspiring leader in the space industry, Smith is CEO of Blue Origin, overseeing the building of reusable launch vehicles, modern powerful rocket engines and the capabilities to enable millions of people to live and work in space. He has a distinguished career at Honeywell Aerospace, United Launch Alliance, and The Aerospace Corporation.

Ashish Kumar, PhD

Founder and CEO of Zunum Aero


Inspired by the disruptive power of electric aircraft, Kumar founded Zunum Aero following a long record of commercial leadership across Microsoft, Google, Dell, and McKinsey. His startup experience includes helping launch Aeroxchange, now the largest electronic marketplace for the aviation industry.


Hybrid-to-Electric Aircraft are on the horizon! Kumar talks about being on the leading edge of this innovative new approach to regional air travel in this short preview of his presentation for the AFA Summit.

COO - Horizon Airlines

Constance von Muehlen



Constance von Muehlen is responsible for leading the operational performance strategy of Alaska Airlines' regional partner, Horizon Air. She oversees the system operations, customer service, pilot and maintenance teams with a results driven-approach that emphasizes safety, data analysis and continuous improvement. She is a respected leader with a reputation for valuing people and doing the right thing.


Constance von Muehlen, COO of Horizon Air, previews her presentation for the AFA Aerospace Summit on October 10, 2018 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

CEO, Tool Gauge

Debbie Lee


"Evolving in the Global Aerospace Supply Chain"

Debbie became CEO of Tool Gauge, a manufacturer of complex, high-value plastic and metal assemblies for global aerospace OEMs and tier-one aircraft interior integrators, in October 2016. 

Partner, Moss Adams

Kurt Lippmann


"Utilizing Incentives to Grow Your Business"


As the national aerospace practice leader of the Moss Adams, Kurt provides services to a variety of businesses dedicated to maintenance, repair, overhaul, composites, avionics, interior design and manufacturing, engineering and design, tooling, and precision machining.

President, Meridian Capital

Brian Murphy


"Mergers & Acquisitions in Aerospace"


Brian is President and Managing Director at Meridian Capital and also leads the firm's Aerospace & Precision Manufacturing Practice. As President, Brian is responsible for managing the firm's activities and driving strategic initiatives. 

Senior Manager, Moss Adams

State and Local Tax Practice

Shane Griffiths, JD, CPA


"Utilizing Incentives to Grow Your Business"

Shane Griffiths has been consulting since 2011. He assists clients with state and local tax matters—audits, refund requests, tax planning and structuring, and letter rulings—and provides insight on multistate income and indirect tax. He primarily works with clients in the software and technology, aerospace, manufacturing and distribution, and retail industries. 

Director- Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Carroll A. Thomas


"Importance of Cyber Security to the Aerospace Supply Chain"

Ms. Carroll A. Thomas, Director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) leads a nationwide network of centers focused on helping U.S. manufacturers strengthen their supply chain integration and access new technology thereby helping them to compete globally. 


FIRESIDE CHAT — Women in Aerospace

Dr. Fariba Alamdari

Vice President, Customer & Partner Education, LLOC, The Boeing Company

Fariba Alamdari and her team lead the creation and delivery of Boeing-branded leadership business and operation learning to commercial and defense customers as well as partners.

Previously Fariba’s key responsibilities as Vice President of Marketing, included BCA’s global go-to-market strategies, as well as analytics, modeling and simulation in support of sales and product development. 

Capt. Linda Orlady

President, Orlady Associates

Linda has had a long involvement in aviation, human factors, and safety as a pilot, instructor, safety volunteer, researcher, accident investigator and author. She is a third-generation pilot and most recently served as a Chief Pilot for the Boeing Company. Prior to that, Linda flew for United Airlines (UAL) for twenty-five years, also working in management. She is rated in the Airbus 319 and 320 and Boeing models from the 737 through the 787 and holds a commercial rotorcraft rating.

Diana Birkett Rakow

Vice President of External Relations, Alaska Airlines

Diana Birkett Rakow leads Alaska's government affairs, corporate communications and community relations teams in Alaska, Hawaii, San Francisco and Seattle. Together, they are responsible for developing Air Group's legacy of good corporate citizenship.

Beth deYoung

Vice President; Business Development - Lease Customers, Zodiac

Beth de Young, VP Business Development – Lease Customers, Zodiac Aerospace.


Beth de Young brings a wide variety of leadership and experiences with customers, suppliers and employees all over the globe as an SFE and BFE supplier to the airlines and airframe manufacturers.   


Currently, Beth is responsible for Zodiac Aerospace’s relationship with the lease company market segment working with Zodiac business units to provide best in class solutions for the unique needs the lessor community.

AFA's 13th Annual Aerospace Summit
BEING BOLD in the Age of Innovation Presented by the Aerospace Futures Alliance
Oct 10, 2018, 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Lynnwood Convention Center,
3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036, USA

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2017 Governor's Aerospace Summit

The 12th Annual Governor's Aerospace Summit was an incredible success, thanks to the support of our attendees, sponsors, and speakers.


Congratulations to our 2017 Award Recipients

AFA Titan of Industry Award

Ray Conner, Vice Chair 

The Boeing Company

AFA Legislator of the year Awards

Rep. Ed Orcutt

Senator Karen Keiser

AFA Company of the Year Award

Mike Brown, CEO



AFA Leadership Award

Star Fischer, Partner

Moss Adams

AFA Aerospace Executive of the Year Award

Matt Yerbic, CEO


Ray Conner Accepting AFA 2017 Titan of Industry Award

Brad Tilden, CEO Alaska Air Group, with Ray Conner, vice chair The Boeing Company


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