The International Aviation Club of Washington, D.C. (IAC) and Aviation Week Network have announced they plan to award the 2018 L. Welch Pogue Lifetime Achievement Award in Aviation for four former U.S. Government officials, the company said.
The Award will be presented jointly to Susan McDermott, Bob Goldner, Paul Gretch and Mary Street whose long careers were dedicated to serving the public through the liberalization of passenger and cargo air transport markets around the globe, and also the approval of immunized joint venture alliances.
McDermott served as U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2000 to 2018 and Assistant Director for Negotiations from 1987 to 2000 in the Office of Aviation and International Affairs.
Goldner served as Special Counsel within the DOT´s Office of Aviation and International Affairs from 1985 to 2018, where he guided decisions on international route awards, U.S. Open Skies policy, and antitrust immunity approvals for international joint ventures, among countless other aviation issues.
Gretch served as DOT Director of Office of International Aviation from 1987 to 2016, where he had a central role in devising and carrying out U.S. Open Skies policy and supervising the negotiation of over 100 Open Skies Agreements.
Street served as Assistant Director for Negotiations within the DOT Office of International Aviation until 2013, where she supported the negotiation, interpretation, and enforcement of countless bilateral agreements, including the U.S.-E.U. Agreement.
This year´s honorees will be celebrated at the L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., on September 12, 2018.
The IAC of Washington D.C. brings together aviation professionals who support a common objective of fostering and promoting the development of the global commercial air transportation industry.
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