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AADA 2018 SummitThis year’s Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Summit will mark the 10thannual Summit .  While the Alliance continues to grow in membership each year, the Summit has remained a relaxed and approachable environment for relationship building. Though smaller than other national conventions, our summit is a great opportunity to make lasting impressions with national and international businesses and strengthen relationships with local partners.

Ten years strong and hosting around 200 attendees, the AADA Summit benefits as a smaller trade show providing smaller businesses ample opportunities to make connections and meet new companies and contacts. As AADA’s President Gina Radke said, “atthe Summit you get access to information and leaders within the industry, not just from Arkansas but from around the world. It's an excellent opportunity for networking and to explore new opportunities for training, grants, workforce and B2B connections.” The user-friendly floor allows for people to network in a low-pressure environment without sacrificing the ability to meet leading companies in the aerospace industry. This year alone,Dassault Falcon, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Aero Jet, and Triumph Group representatives are expected to be attending. At larger conventions, they don’t generally have B2B meetings, and when they do there’s such a large crowd many companies get lost in the shuffle.  

What else can you look forward to at this year’s summit? The summit will offer opportunities to learn about government and defense contracting, and feature recognition to those who have made an impact on Aerospace and Defense industry growth in Arkansas. There’s also useful, informative, and applicable content to be gained through our speakers for a wide range of attendees. At this summit we’ll hear from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Mike Preston, who’ll give us an update on what the state is doing to make Arkansas a friendlier state for Aerospace and Defense Growth. Radke added, “My goals for this year’s summit are to bring a new prescriptive on the Aerospace and defense industries in Arkansas. We want to display training and sales opportunities for our members.”

It’s exciting times as we wait for the Summit’s arrival on March 27-29thin Hot Springs. Make your reservations now! This will be a conference you won’t want to miss! Register for the Summit Today!