Founder and CEO of the largest public company in Miami – World Fuel Services, and other aviation luminaries will be honored at the Greater Miami Aviation Association’s 91st Gala on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Trump National Doral Miami Resort at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Kasbar co-founded Trans Tec in 1985 and transformed it through acquisitions and organic growth into World Fuel Services (WFS) a $35 Billion company who is an energy market maker, and supports many airlines, logistics and maritime companies. He will receive the Wright Brothers Memorial award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by pioneers in our industry, much like the Wright Brothers, who have contributed to the expansion of our industry, and created economic impact for our region. Mr. Kasbar will join the likes of Amin Khoury, Larry Mendelson, Gary Spulak, Gordon Bethune, David Storch and Fred Smith who received this honor previously.

Mr. Aviv Tzur, the President of the GMAA, also announced the following award winners:

  • John Dietrich, COO of Atlas Airlines, Juan Trippe Award
  • Luis Morell, President, Heico Repair Group for the Glenn Curtis Award
  • Col. Willard Shepherd, Anchor, NBC Universal, the Eddy Rickenbacker Award.
  • Judge A. Jay Cristol, the Pioneer Award
  • International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) for the Corporate Achievement Award

In addition, GMAA announced that over 20 students from local Universities and Colleges will be provided between $2,000 and $10,000 in scholarships under the George T. Batchelor Scholarship Fund and type rating training, sponsored by Pan Am International Flight Academy totaling $91,000, and a $2,000 Timothy Perseverance scholarship. Over the past five years the GMAA has provided close to $400,000 in scholarships to local young aviators.

The Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA), was established in 1927 and is one of the largest and oldest Civic and Business Aviation organization in the Americas. 

GMAA works in concert with other organizations, industry leaders, government and civic leaders to ensure that the interest of the aviation industry, with an emphasis on South Florida are constantly promoted. Additionally, it provides life-changing opportunities to young men & women with financial challenges, striving to become the next generation of aviators, through its Batchelor fund program.

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