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The Van Nuys Airport Association (VNAA), a non-profit tenant membership organization, has announced the appointment of its new board of directors, including Helinet chief executive officer Kathryn Purwin. Committed to advancing aviation and economic growth, Purwin joins the 15-member leadership team that will oversee strategic development efforts and community partnerships at one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports.
With over 35 years of experience in the aviation sector, Purwin is one of the few female CEOs in the industry today. Her company, Helinet Aviation Services, was recently recognized by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as the number eight woman-owned business in the San Fernando Valley. The company’s recent achievements include entering the utility market, supporting multiple aerial firefighting missions, and becoming a shareholder in the newly formed technology company Shotover Systems Ltd.
With a mission to promote aviation, preserve business, and protect jobs, the board now includes men and women from a wider range of aviation segments, including jet, propeller and helicopter operations.