ARLINGTON, VA (April 22, 2016) Today Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey, Chair of the Aerospace States Association (ASA), announced the expansion of the ASA management team. Charles H. Huettner will continue to be the Executive Director of the association. He will be joined by Ross Garelick Bell as the new Deputy Director, and Robert E. Mansfield Jr. the new ASA Director for National Programs.

“I am delighted to announce the expansion of ASA’s management team. This brings important management focus and daily leadership to ASA at a time of great expansion through state chapters across the country, the collaboration with the Aerospace Industries Association and other associations, and national programs like our very successful Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment Exposition last October. The new management team will grow ASA and increase the influence and ability of state Lt. Governors and other state elected officials in growing high paying aerospace jobs and supporting STEM education” said Lt. Governor Ivey.

Mr. Charles Huettner will continue to serve as ASA’s Executive Director. Mr. Huettner is the President of Charles Huettner Associates LLC, a consulting firm specializing in cross-agency aviation strategies. Mr. Huettner retired after 33 years of government service as the Executive Director of the Presidential “Commission on the Future of the US Aerospace Industry”. Prior to this, he was the Senior Policy Advisor for Aviation for the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), in the Executive Office of the President. Mr. Huettner was also the Director for Aviation Safety Research at NASA and at FAA, he rose through the ranks from inspector to serve as a Flight Standards Division Manager and Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety. Mr. Huettner is an Airline Transport Pilot rated in the B-747, B- 727 and the Air Force C-141 Starlifter. He has a BS Degree in Industrial Management from the University of Akron and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Huettner retired as a Colonel in the USAF Reserves where he last served as the Reserve Augmentee to the Air Force Chief of Safety.

“It is an honor to work with and represent our nations Lt. Governors. I deeply appreciate their trust in me to lead the day to day operations of ASA under Lt. Governor Ivey’s leadership” said Mr. Huettner.

Mr. Ross Garelick Bell will become the new Deputy Executive Director. In this role he will focus mainly on overseeing the creation and operation of state ASA chapters. He has most recently served as the Chair of the State Legislative Affairs Committee of ASA. In this capacity, Ross has launched new Chapters in Alabama  Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico. He has advised legislative offices and testified before both the California State Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees on UAS policy and vision. Mr. Garelick Bell has over 20 years of policy experience at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels of government policy development. He is the lead consultant for MRGB Consulting, specializing in UAS, Space, Aeronautics, Children’s Vision, and Tribal policy. Previously, Mr. Garelick Bell was responsible for UAS, Space, National Security, and Defense Policy at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Mr. Garelick Bell holds a Bachelors of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Arizona State University and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Legislative, Executive, and Regulatory Affairs from The George Washington University.

BG Bob Mansfield will become the ASA Director of National Programs. He most recently lead ASA’s successful Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment Exposition as a volunteer. He previously served as Executive Director, Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership (CAAL), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide. Mr. Mansfield is a retired Air Force Brigadier General, gaining 34 years of experience in logistics planning, operations, and supply chain management. In his final assignment at HQ USAF in Washington DC, he served as the Air Force Director of Supply, and was the chief architect of the Air Force's supply transformation initiative to improve weapons systems' availability and manage cost. Prior to entering private practice in May 2009, Mr. Mansfield was the Director, National Center for Aerospace Leadership (NCAL) and Principle Investigator, National Aerospace Leadership Initiative (NALI) at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) in East Hartford, CT. Prior to joining CCAT, Mr. Mansfield was at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (2005 - 2007) as Director of Global Supply Chain Services. Mr. Mansfield worked for the Altarum Institute, a non-profit innovation and research firm in Ann Arbor, MI from 2003 to 2005. There he pioneered work in supply chain risk management and Lean practices in defense logistics. Mr. Mansfield holds a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) from the University of Arizona in Business Administration, and a Master of Science degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Acquisition Logistics Management. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager's Course, and the Air War College.

About ASA: ASA is a non-partisan 501(c)3 scientific and educational organization of state Lieutenant Governors, Governor-appointed delegates and associate members from the aerospace industry, academia, and non-prophet organizations. ASA was formed in 1993 to promote a state-based perspective in federal aerospace policy development and to support state aerospace initiatives that enhance economic development opportunities and student/teacher education outreach including the Real World Design Challenge STEM initiative. ASA maintains direct ties to the executive branches of state governments throughout the nation. ASA state chapters work to educate state lawmakers on the benefits and issues of the aerospace community in their state.

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