Aero-News has learned
that the Board of Directors of the International Council of Air
Shows (ICAS) has named Bruce A. Wilson of Silver Spring,
MD as President and CEO of ICAS. Sources at ICAS tell ANN
that Mr. Wilson, who began his term as president of the airshow
organization Friday, is an experienced association executive with
the ability to lead members, staff and outside groups to achieve
the goals of the association.
"I look forward to meeting with ICAS members, understanding
their successes and their challenges, working with the Board of
Directors to develop strategic goals for ICAS and then leading the
organization to achieve its full potential," said Wilson.
Prior to joining ICAS, Mr. Wilson completed a long and
distinguished term as Director of Government Relations for the
Physician Insurers Association of America. For five years prior to
that, Wilson helped lead the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
and its 10,000+ members as Deputy Director of the AAD’s
Washington, D.C. office.
Mr. Wilson also served in both the Reagan and Bush (George H.W.,
that is) administrations, after he founded and ran a successful
medical equipment leasing company for seven years.
"Bruce knows how to lead an association, he understands the
passion we have for our industry and he is the right man to convey
that passion as the voice of the air show industry," states Colonel
Larry Gallogly, Chairman of the ICAS Board of Directors.
Mr. Wilson earned bachelors’ degrees in Political Science
and Communications from the University of Michigan and a
Master’s of Science in Administration from Central Michigan
Also trained as a recreational pilot (although not current), Mr.
Wilson’s interest in aviation complement his leadership,
member service and development, and communications skills.