Downey wins Gilbert W. Speed award

Jim Downey, Co-Founder of The EnCore Group, has received the Third Annual Gilbert W. Speed Award honoring outstanding leadership and collaboration across the global aerospace and defense supply chain, Aviation Week Network said.

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. The award was presented by the Aviation Week Network at its 31st Annual SpeedNews Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference in Beverly Hills, CA.

Downey is an aviation industry veteran who founded C&D Aerospace in 1972, growing the organization to a multinational, 4,000-employee, USD 400m enterprise before selling the business in 2005. Over that time, the company designed and manufactured interior products for nearly every commercial aircraft — from seats to galleys, lavatories, sidewalls, ceilings and more.

In 2011, he joined forces with Tom McFarland and launched the EnCore Group. The company has grown to over 800 employees in Southern California and Mexico. Downey remains at the helm of EnCore, promoting controlled growth, and striving to be the best interiors supplier in the industry.

The Aviation Week Network is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace, and defense industries that has a database of 1.2 million professionals around the world. Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week for analysis, marketing and intelligence. Customers include the world´s leading manufacturers, suppliers, airlines, business aviation operators, militaries, governments and other organizations that serve this global market.

SpeedNews and the Aviation Week Network are part of Informa, the international business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group. Informa serves commercial, professional and academic communities, helping them connect and learn, and creating and providing access to content and intelligence that helps people and businesses work smarter and make better decisions faster. The group has over 7,500 colleagues in more than 20 countries and a presence in all major geographies.