By Rob Finfrock
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) recently honored CJP Member Michael Herman with its prestigious Silk Scarf Award, in recognition of Herman’s many contributions to the business aviation community throughout his career.
Named to NBAA’s Board of Directors in 2005, Herman also served on NBAA’s Tech Committee for more than 15 years. He chaired the NBAA Audit Committee from 2007 through 2014, and participated on NBAA’s Membership Programs and Strategic Planning Committees as well.
“Mike’s commitment to being a professional and proficient business aviator is matched by his dedication to supporting the industry, and to helping others,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen in a release. “NBAA is honored to present Mike with this award.”
A skilled aviator, Herman has accumulated more than 18,000 flight hours throughout his pilot career, primarily in multi-engine aircraft. That includes approximately 3,000 hours in turbine aircraft, beginning with a Learjet 23 Herman acquired in 1965 through to his current aircraft, a Cessna Citation CJ3.
In addition to his past service on CJP’s Board of Directors, Herman is currently a board member of the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, which supports aviation educational scholarships in celebration of Hoover’s distinguished service as a World War II fighter pilot, test pilot, air show innovator and mentor.
“Mike Herman is a pilot’s pilot; a man that other pilots hold in high regard,” added CJP Treasurer, Director and founding member Tracy Forrest, who also serves with Herman at the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation. “I have repeatedly observed Mike demonstrate a selfless character in his commitment to mentoring, training, educating, and giving help an aid to those in need through charitable and philanthropic organizations. He consistently puts the needs of others ahead of himself.”
Herman founded North American Communications, which over the course of more than 50 years has grown from a small print shop into an international provider of direct mail manufacturing and distribution to its Fortune 100 customers. Business aviation has been a crucial aspect of its success, providing NAC employees with unparalleled flexibility and efficiency.
NBAA’s Silk Scarf Award honors outstanding business aviation community members, recognizing individuals for special contributions to the industry throughout their careers.