David M. Olive became the Executive Director of the Aviation Workforce Alliance in December, 2018. AWA is a non-profit organization comprising a cross-section of the entire aviation community – airports, airlines, flight schools and economic development agencies – to address the critical shortage of aviation workers, now and into the foreseeable future.
David has more than 30 years’ experience in business, politics, law and public affairs. He served as chief of staff to then U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR3) (now Governor or Arkansas) and before that gained experience as a staffer to former US Senator Jim Allen (D-AL.) He founded the Washington DC homeland security consulting firm, Catalyst Partners, where he has represented numerous airlines, airports, aviation manufacturers, travel distribution companies and academic institutions. He serves as a Senior Advisor to an Austin, Texas based startup, Senseye, whose technology was at the core of the US Air Force’s Pilot Training Next program.
Before coming to Washington, David spent over a decade working for the Donrey Media Group, a multi-state publishing, broadcasting, real estate and outdoor advertising firm. They owned and operated the largest outdoor advertising firm in Wichita during the time he was there. He served on the board and was president of the Fort Smith Rotary Club, the Fort Smith Boys Shelter and helped start Leadership Fort Smith. He worked with the Fort Smith Airport to help them obtain the first grant from the FAA’s Small Community Air Service Development program.
David worked his way through undergraduate and law school at WAPI- Television in Birmingham, Alabama and served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Clarence W. Allgood after graduating from the Cumberland School of Law. His bachelor’s degree is from Samford University. He is a Senior Fellow at the Auburn University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. He created the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable and is a contributor to Security Debrief, a homeland security blog, where he has written on transportation security and other issues.
Brian Jackson was born and raised in OKC. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin he joined the United States Navy as a Logistics Officer. During his 4 ½ years in the Navy he was deployed for about 2 ½ years. Following his time in the Navy bring earned an MBA and joined the Supply Chain Strategy & Operations Practice of Deloitte Consulting. In 2014 Brian bought Woody Candy Company with his father and has served as the President and COO ever since. In 2018 he married his best friend and partner in crime, Dr. Camille Gunderson who spoke to Club 29 in May 2018. On Easter Sunday 2019 Brian and Camille became parents with the birth of Catherine Charlotte Jackson.