Aviation in Colorado: Perspectives from Industry Insiders


The Joy Burns Center at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, University of Denver
Classroom 229
2101 S University Blvd
Denver, Colorado

Event Details

Colorado is ranked as the third-largest aerospace economy in the United States. There are approximately 140 aerospace companies employing more than 25,000 Coloradoans resulting in a $3.2B payroll.Presently, the Colorado aerospace economy is about 80% space (satellites, rockets, and software) and 20% aviation (planes, drones, and software). The aviation market is undergoing revolutionary changes with drones, electric propulsion, and over 11 new commercial aircraft entering service.

The discussion panel is comprised of executives from aviation companies in Colorado and throughout the US. The panel will address key questions such as why companies choose Colorado and what they need from the Colorado business community to grow. Panelists include:

Jay Lindell, USAF (Ret), Major General, Colorado Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion

George Bye, Bye Aerospace, CEO

Vivek Lall, General Atomics, Chief Executive US and International Strategic Development

Bill James, Boom, Vice President Operations

John Welch, Spirit Aerosystems, Senior Technical Fellow, Composites

The panelists will each provide a brief introduction and answer several questions led by the moderator, followed by open questions from the audience.

After audience questions there will be time to network and socialize with the panelists.


$30 early bird

$35 standard


Register Online

Deadline: 11/9/2017


Dana McLeod, '12