In addition to Pelton, local manufacturers were represented by Bill Brown, Hawker Beechcraft's executive vice president of global operations, and David Coleal, vice president and general manager of Bombardier Learjet. The event concluded with a speech by Pete Bunce, president and CEO of GAMA. He said: "This industry is an economic engine of growth and needs to be promoted and nurtured by our elected officials at every opportunity. It is very important to general aviation that Sec. LaHood, Gov. Brownback, Sen. Moran, and Congressman Pompeo recognized GA's tremendous impact in Kansas."