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Oshkosh Businessman to Receive Henry Kimberly Leadership Award at EAA Hall of Fame Banquet

SNC Mfg. CEO John Vette honored for volunteer efforts on behalf of EAA, community

 EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (Oct. 25, 2010) —SNC Manufacturing Co., Inc., CEO John Vette will receive the Henry Kimberly Spirit of Leadership Award for his volunteer efforts on behalf of EAA and the community. Vette will be honored during the EAA Hall of Fame banquet on Friday, Oct. 29, at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wis.

As part of the award, named for renowned Oshkosh business leader and EAA supporter Henry Kimberly, Vette will receive a $1,000 prize that can be designated toward any of EAA’s programs.

Vette, along with his wife Susy, has continued his family’s longtime commitment to EAA by helping develop and grow dynamic programs that facilitate interest in aviation among youth, ranging from the launch of WomenSoar to such events as the Gathering of Eagles fundraiser. Vette’s advice, knowledge of the community and region, and his passion for flight contribute to his effectiveness in his roles on EAA’s Foundation Board of Directors and the Gathering of Eagles Steering Committee. 

Vette, who owns the property around the EAA AirVenture Seaplane Base along with his sister Burleigh Blust, will be honored along with the 2010 inductees into the EAA Halls of Fame, which include Dean Wilson of Clarkston, Wash. (Homebuilders), Morton Lester of Martinsville, Va. (Vintage Aircraft Association), John Ballantyne of Millsboro, Del. (Ultralight), the late Jimmy Franklin of Spruce Pine, N.C. (International Aerobatic Club), and the late Hal Weekley of Mabelton, Ga. (Warbirds of America).

Renowned aviation writer Mac McClellan will serve as the keynote speaker for the ceremony.

A limited number of tickets remain for the dinner and program, which begins with a 6 p.m. reception. Tickets are priced at $50 each, with banquet tables and supporter levels also available. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.eaa.org/halloffame or call 800-236-1025.

EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 160,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAAupdate

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