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  Special Feature

Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger to Keynote NACE, CARS

Posted 8/13/2009

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced that Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III, the heroic pilot who masterfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River earlier this year, saving 155 people, will serve as keynote speaker during the Opening General Session of the second annual Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas. The opening session will be sponsored by DuPont Performance Coatings.

His address, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 5, will focus on how paramount safety is in the proper operation, repair and servicing of vehicles, thereby keeping the motoring public safe on the road. The upcoming International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) are part of ASRW and are co-located at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Captain of what has been dubbed the "Miracle on the Hudson," Sullenberger is an aviation safety expert and accident investigator who also serves as the founder and chief executive officer of Safety Reliability Methods, a consulting company dedicated to management, safety, performance and reliability consulting.

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Sullenberger was born and raised in Denison, Texas. After high school, he enrolled at the United States Air Force Academy to pursue his childhood love of aviation. Recipient of a bachelor's degree from the Academy, Sullenberger majored in psychology. In the year he graduated, he received the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship Award. In addition to his bachelor's degree, he has two master's degrees - one in industrial psychology from Purdue University and one in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

After his graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Sullenberger served as a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force from 1975 to 1980. He advanced to become a flight leader and a training officer, attaining the rank of captain. His service in the military stationed him in both North America and Europe.

After serving in the Air Force, Sullenberger became a commercial airline pilot with Pacific Southwest Airlines, which was later acquired by US Airways. He has more than 40 years of flying experience.

After logging more than 19,000 hours of service in the skies, Sullenberger became an international hero Jan. 15, 2009, when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City's frigid Hudson River. The Airbus A320's two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Sullenberger and his crew have won international acclaim for their actions that day, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery.

Sullenberger is author of "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters (Winter 2009)." He was named one of the 2009 world's 100 most influential people by TIME magazine. He is married to fitness expert and television personality Lorrie Sullenberger. The couple and their two daughters reside in Danville, Calif.

For more event details, visit or

Nov. 4-7, 2009
Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW)

NACE International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE)
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Hanley-Wood,
(888) 529-1641,

CARS Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS)
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Hanley-Wood,
(888) 529-1641,


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