Dan Linginfelter to speak at SGTC’s Griffin Bell Convocation Wednesday, March 29th at 11am

March 20, 2017
SGTC President John Watford is shown above with Dan Linginfelter, who will be speaking at the 2017 Griffin Bell Convocation at South Georgia Technical College in Americus on Wednesday, March 29th at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

Dan Linginfelter, Senior Airworthiness Inspector for Gulfstream Aerospace and a 1979 Aviation Maintenance Technology graduate from South Georgia Technical College, will be the featured speaker at the South Georgia Technical College Griffin B. Bell Convocation on Wednesday, March 29th, at 11 a.m. in the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on the South Georgia Technical College campus.  The event is open to the public.

Dan Linginfelter was recognized as the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Commissioner Gretchen Corbin at the TCSG Leadership Summit in Atlanta.  He was also recognized by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal for his contributions to technical education through his aviation maintenance career at a special “Taste of TCSG” event in Atlanta.

Linginfelter used his education from South Georgia Technical College, where he earned an A & P (Airframe and Powerplant) license, to make a tremendous impact in the aviation maintenance industry.  He is currently living on St. Simons Island and enjoying his second “retirement” job.

He joined Gulfstream in 2015 after working with Certified Aviation Services, a leading provider of Maintenance Repair Operation (MRO) services for fleet operators around the world.  He served as Director of Operations and was responsible for supporting management and staff in both East Coast and West Coast stations as well as  Los Angeles, Seattle, Ontario, CA; San Diego, Las Vegas and San Francisco.    Prior to that he had retired from Delta Air Lines, where he worked for 32 years, most recently as Atlanta Station Manager, International.

The Griffin B. Bell convocation was made possible by a donation from the late Judge Griffin Bell in an effort to bring outstanding individuals with expertise in business, science, or technology to the SGTC campus to encourage and inspire young people.

Other speakers have included:  Eric Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh who soloed over the grounds of South Georgia Technical College; Charles Loudermilk, founder of Aaron’s Rents; Tom Young, retired Lockheed Martin and NASA executive; Dan Amos, AFLAC; Thomas A. Gales of Caterpillar, Inc.; Cliff Oxford, STI Knowledge; James Blanchard, Chief Executive Officer of Synovus; Virgil Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Williams Group International, Inc, a diversified multi-company a conglomerate with major subsidiaries in construction maintenance, civil and environmental engineering;  A. James Clark of Clark Enterprises, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States;  George and Jackie Bryce of Star Racing in Americus; William Eames from Ireland who trained over the grounds of South Georgia Technical College as a young member of the Royal Air Force during World War II; and Bruce Goddard, a best-selling author from Reynolds, Georgia.