Keynote Speakers

Joanne “Jo” Damato Image

Joanne “Jo” Damato is Senior Vice President of Education, Training, and Workforce Development for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Her responsibilities include leading the team for all of NBAA’s professional development activities – including the association’s Strategic Focus Team, Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program, Professional Development Programs, Certificate Programs and the Sustainability Accreditation, On-Demand Education, Scholarships, Student Outreach, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. 

Since January 2019, Damato has been the staff liaison to NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Committee, and she formerly served from 2005-2018 as staff liaison to the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee.  

In 2020, Damato was appointed to the Department of Transportation’s Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force. She is also active with Women in Aviation International, Women in Corporate Aviation and the Florida Tech College of Aeronautics Alumni Board. In 2010, she helped launch an all-volunteer non-profit organization, Sky Hope Network, which in 2018 merged with Patient Air Lift Services.  

Prior to joining NBAA, Damato worked in scheduling and was director of pilot training with Executive Jet Management at Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport (LUK). 

A current certified flight instructor and NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM), Damato holds a single and multi-engine land instrument rating and a commercial pilot certificate. She has a B.S. in aviation management, flight option specialization, from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Master’s in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.