B2B EXPO to feature AirTran CEO as keynote speaker
CANTON, OH (August 30, 2010) – The Business to Business EXPO, held Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, will feature keynote speaker Robert Fornaro, president and CEO of AirTran Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiary, AirTran Airways, Inc. at an exclusive luncheon. Fornaro joined AirTran Airways in March 1999 as president and CFO. He was named COO and elected to the board of directors in 2001. Fornaro became CEO on Nov. 1, 2007. Fornaro has 30 years of marketing, planning and management consulting experience. Prior to joining AirTran Airways, he operated a successful aviation consulting practice. He has served as senior vice president - planning for US Airways where he directed the company's route planning, pricing and revenue management and overall corporate strategy. Before joining US Airways, Fornaro held the position of senior vice president - marketing planning at Northwest Airlines. His responsibilities included managing Northwest's international alliances and regional airline partner relationships. Prior to Northwest, Fornaro was senior vice president - marketing and planning at Braniff, Inc. Fornaro also served as vice president - research for Jesup & Lamont Securities, Inc. and director of future schedule planning for Trans World Airlines. A native of Long Island, N.Y., Fornaro attended Rutgers College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also received a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University. He is a director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the Georgia Aquarium. Fornaro and his wife Karen reside in Orlando and have three adult children. His presentation, ‘AirTran Airways and Akron-Canton Airport: A true economic development partnership’ will focus on Fornaro’s career as the leader of one America’s largest airlines and the importance of the Northeast Ohio region to his company. The luncheon is made possible through the support of the Akron-Canton Airport. Reservations are required for the luncheon. Tickets are available for $25 per person through the event website, StarkB2BExpo.com or calling (330) 580-8524. Presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Repository, the B2B EXPO will offer small to large businesses an opportunity to showcase their products and services while participating in valuable networking and educational sessions. The Akron-Canton Airport is serving as the title sponsor of the B2B EXPO, with support from Mercy Medical Center and The Corporate University, Kent State University at Stark.