General Manager | Reliance Aviation
Brad Nojaim currently serves as the President and Board Member of the Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA). He is the President and General Manager of Reliance Aviation Miami LLC, an FBO located at Miami Executive Airport, a position he has held since 2009. Prior to joining Reliance Aviation Miami LLC, he was the Real Estate Manager at AA Acquisitions, LLC at Opa Locka Airport. Mr. Nojaim began his career as a commercial real estate agent with ComReal Miami.
Mr. Nojaim graduated from Florida International University with degrees in Finance, Management Information Systems, and Real Estate. He resides in Miami with his wife and two daughters.
FABA Vice President
Mike Quinn served in the 82nd Airborne Division in the United States Army as a Petroleum Supply Specialist. He is actively the General Manager of Atlas Aviation's two locations at Peter O' Knight Airport in Tampa Florida and the Plant City Airport, Plant City Florida overseeing FBO, Flight School, and Commercial Maintenance operations. He has been a part of FABA for 15 years on the board for 3 years. Mike has worked with jet fuel since 1996 with 20 years of General Aviation experience. Mike is originally from Oklahoma and has been living in Florida since 2000. He also holds a Private Pilot Certificate.
Sue Folkringa, CPA
Sue Folkringa is a Certified Public Accountant and has been specializing in 'Aviation Taxology' since 2008. She is a licensed pilot and proud owner-pilot of a Piper Comanche aircraft and flies gliders in her spare time. Sure completed her Masters of Taxation from Florida Atlantic University in 2015, and also hold an MBA - Accounting and Finance and a BBA - Accounting from Grand Valley State University. Additionally, Sue is an FAA CFI Certified Flight Instructor and FAA CFII Certified Instrument Instructor and provides training and endorsements to aspiring pilots. Sue has been a longstanding member of FABA and is excited to be on the Board of Directors. She brings a unique perspective to the organization's issues given her vast experience in aviation tax and accounting issues. She is also a member of the NBAA Tax Committee and is a member of AOPA, EAA, AIPCA, FICPA, SFBAA and CalCPA. She is a frequent presenter at NBAA Tax Conferences and other industry events.
FABA Board Members and Committee Chairs
FABA Past President
Area Director | Signature Flight Support
Richard L. Richards
FABA Past President
Aviation Law | Richards Legal Group
Richard L. Richards, Esq. is an attorney partner with the Richards Legal Group and serves as Past-President and Board Member of FABA. Mr. Richards is an aviation law expert who is board certified by the Florida Bar in aviation law. The representative clients of the Richards Legal Group include FBO’s, aircraft owners, aircraft dealers, aircraft lessees, aircraft fuelers, and aircraft/engine repair stations in all aspects of aviation law including leases, sales contracts, liens, and lawsuits/FAA actions. Mr. Richards has over 26 years of experience in aviation law including private practice, vice president/general counsel for an airline, and airport counsel for an airport authority. Mr. Richards regularly lectures at aviation conferences and is an instructor of the aviation law board certification course for the Florida Bar. Mr. Richards is also very active in his community by being Scoutmaster of a local scout troop and serving on the boards of Kiwanis and his local church.
Sales Director | World Fuel Services, Inc.
Wesley Earl is Sales Director, Bulk Fuels, Business & General Aviation, for World Fuel Services, headquartered in Doral, Florida. Prior to World Fuels Services, Wesley managed the aviation fuel sales for The Hiller Group Inc., a Chevron and Phillips 66 aviation fuel distributor, based in Tampa, Florida. In December 2010, World Fuel Services acquired The Hiller Group, Inc. Wesley has over 30-years sales and management experience as a fuel supplier to the Commercial, Business, and General Aviation industry.
Wesley grew up in West Palm Beach and lives in Tampa, Florida. He earned his B.S. (1989) and M.B.A (1999) degrees at the University of Tampa and served in United States Marine Corps from 1983-1987. He previously served on the Executive Advisory Council, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University FBO Management Certificate Program and has been a board member of the Florida Business Aviation Association (FABA) since 2016.
Education Committee Chair
Director | Gaetz Aerospace Institute - ERAU
Dr. Colleen Conklin is an Associate Professor of Aeronautical Science as well as the Executive Director of the Gaetz Aerospace Institute at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. As Executive Director of the Institute, Dr. Conklin is responsible for the overall management and administration of programming. This past year 150 Secondary Schools, 261 teachers, and over 8,000 students participated in Gaetz programming. In total, the program has reached more than 30,000 students, including 16,000+ dual-enrolled students, since our program started in 2004. The Institute provides rigorous aerospace-based STEM-related courses that prepare students for college and careers in emerging industries such as Flight, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Robotics, Global Navigation Systems, and Commercial Space Operations. Professor Conklin has over 29 years in public education as a classroom teacher from the inner-city streets of Washington Heights and the South Bronx to the rural fields of Bunnell, Florida. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Brain-Based Learning. Outside of her role at Embry-Riddle, she is the Vice-Chair of the Flagler County School Board, where she was first elected in 2000 to today where she continues to serve the children and citizens of Flagler County. She is married to Christopher Conklin for the past 23 years and has two sons Patrick (22) and Ryan (20).