Dave Franson

Dave Franson: Professional Experience

Dave is a veteran communications executive with more than 35 years experience in corporate management and consulting roles. He has served as Vice President of Meetings and Membership at the National Business Aviation Association; VP of Public Affairs at AlliedSignal Aerospace in Los Angeles, California; Vice President of Public Relations at Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas; and as Director of US Public Affairs for Bombardier Aerospace. He is currently the principal of The Franson Consulting Group, a public relations and marketing communications firm serving a variety of domestic and international clients, and the President of the Wichita Aero Club, one of the nation’s leading aerospace networking organizations.

In each of his corporate posts, he was the senior communications officer and media spokesperson, as well as the organization’s principal representative with state and local government. He is equally at home interacting with trade and business media, developing and overseeing public relations plans, creating ongoing relationships with state and local government officials, directing employee communications, coordinating marketing and promotional activities, or leading branding and corporate identification efforts.

While at NBAA in Washington, D.C., he represented the business aircraft industry with the general and business media as a principal spokesperson and also held the primary responsibility for managing the association’s annual meeting and convention, the largest purely business aviation event in the world. He provided direction and oversight to the Association’s extensive membership activities, as well.

During his tenure in Wichita, he was tapped by then Mayor Bob Knight (the 2002 President of the National League of Cities) to serve on various task forces and advisory councils, including the Air Service Task Force, the Midcontinent Airport Terminal Area Planning Council, the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce “Flying in Formation” Marketing Committee, and the “Fair Fares” Board of Directors. An active community leader, he has served on the boards of directors of Learjet, Inc., Exploration Place, the Kansas Technical Training Initiative, the Greater Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Kansas Aviation Museum, and Newman University.

In 2008, Dave drafted the business plan and was chosen to head the Wichita Aero Club. Since its inception, the WAC has been a focal point of industry leaders. It has attracted prominent government, industry and media personalities and is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s most important forums for addressing aerospace-related issues.

Dave originally founded Franson Consulting in 1996. In 1997, after securing Bombardier Learjet as a client, he transitioned into a full-time role as Director of U.S. Public Affairs and was named to the Learjet, Inc. Board of Directors. In 2004, he left Bombardier and revived Franson Consulting. Today it serves a long list of companies including Baldwin Aviation, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, International Communications Group (ICG), Midcontinent Instruments, Yingling Aviation and the Wichita Aero Club. Other clients include BeLite Aircraft, Cessna Aircraft Company, Honeywell Aerospace, Downing Aviation Associates, Embraer, Globalair.com, Millennium Concepts, Mooney Airplane Company, and Winglet Technology.

A private pilot, Dave graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He subsequently earned a Master of Arts in communications from Wichita State University. He is the author of numerous articles and professional publications.