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S: David Coleal - Bombardier Learjet Journey 2008 - 2011

BC: Bombardier Learjet | Creative Content Author: Courtney Houghtaling - August 2011

FC: Bombardier Learjet

2: My first memory is the breakfast where we gathered to welcome David to Learjet. I was impressed that he wanted to greet the whole leadership team, and that was a theme he continued during his entire tenure: You are the people who run the business. Very empowering and inspiring, right from day one!

3: Some other things I will always remember: lots and lots of Starbucks, a passion for the latest and greatest technology for himself and our aircraft, a never-ending capacity to connect with every member of our teams (thousands of handshakes and at least one bear hug in Completions!), a zealous journey to obtain every article of Learjet-branded clothing, powerpoint presentations at the speed of light (click-click-click!), learning the definition of the ever-present BFA, and of course, the tours! Frantic, last minute changes, rarely running on schedule, in all kinds of weather, but what an honor to show Learjet to the world! Thanks, David, for everything you have done for us - you gave us new reason to be proud to be Learjet! | Jacque Coleman


5: David, It was a great professional partnership and personal friendship. Never will I look at Yoko Ono and the Beatles the same way again. I wish you all the best in your future. A | NBAA LJ Technical Comittee

7: "And with boiling water comes steam" "And steam can power a locomotive" Raising the temperature of water by one extra degree means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine - a beautiful, uncomplicated metaphor that ideally should feed our every endeavor - consistently pushing us to make the extra effort in every task we undertake. 212 degrees serves as a forceful drill sergeant with its motivating and focused message while adhering to a scientific law - neutral law. It reminds us that seemingly small things can make tremendous differences. So simple is the analogy that you can stop reading right now, walk away with the opening thought firmly planted in your mind, and benefit from it for the rest of your life. David when I read this I thought of you and how you were so motivated and motivated me. Remember the number 212 as I will operate with this intensity cause of you. | Mike Mitchell

9: David was great at bringing us together as a site, and allowing us all to learn from one another, and as a result, to be greater than the sum of all of our parts. Thanks to Dave, I made new friends, and will miss his leadership. Cheers! Michel K-17

11: Thank You for leading us down a successful path and helping us achieve goals that we never thought possible! We wish you all the best. Sincerely, The Learjet Family

12: David - I have many, many fond memories working with you over the past 3 years. I still laugh to myself about the many times we were asked to be present for different tours, visits etc. and they always seem to be early morning. Oh my!!! With you not being a morning person and I also not being a morning person, I know I dragged myself into the facility trying to put on my happy face and I was always amazed how energized you would be. Thanks for some great memories!! Wishing you all the best. Debbie Winter

13: David, I will always remember the Strategic Transformation Presentation we made together to Pierre Beaudoin and the ALT. That was a Great Day. The Journey of Tranformation is "never ending". It has been a "good ride". Wishing you the best! John Dieker

16: "This is going to be a busy week." David would speak these words either at the beginning or the end of his Monday morning, weekly staff meeting. It was always the source of a few smiles from all in attendance, not due to the levity of the sentence but due to the literal truth and repetitive nature of those few words. In fact, each and every week in David's tenure was always filled with much activity. There was never a dull moment with David as the leader of Bombardier Learjet. David has the rather unique ability to fill not only his calendar with meetings, briefings and "dry runs" but also the calendars of those with whom he closely works. Sometimes, meetings would be changed so quickly that the schedule would barely be established when it would change at a moment's notice, generally to fit yet another appointment into an already jam-packed day of events.

17: It took me a while to finally realize that this was the way David set the pace for the organization. It also reminded me of a quote I read in the early years of my career: "The pace of the leader determines the speed of the pack." With David as the leader of Learjet, we accomplished things that were deemed impossible just months prior to his arrival, most always because of the excuse that we did not have enough time to do those "things". David showed us that based on his pace and organizational abilities, we could (and did) achieve results that few thought were possible, whether involving new products, adding enhancements to current offerings, organizing and leaning out processes of critical activities, or dozens of other projects over the last three years. David, you will be missed by all of us. But because of your lasting impact on this company, we will continue to set the pace for business aircraft in the years to come. Best of luck in all your endeavors, and God speed. Don Pufahl

19: In our journey through life, we as social beings have opportunities to meet many people. Some times these produce memories that are short-lived, others end up lasting a lifetime. Through your diligence and dedication to Learjet and its employees, you will be described in many different ways. As for me, you will forever be remembered as a single word - friend. Best of luck, Your friend - Jack Kramer

20: David, Your impact on me is immeasurable. You challenged me, mentored me and gave me opportunities that helped me to strive to reach my potential. (You wore me out sometimes, too!) Your passion and vision for Learjet was evidenced by the transformation in not only our facilities, but our culture and the people. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you and call you my friend. I wish only the best for you and Gina. Peggy Gross

21: David, Day one on the job you ask me a very profound question, "Can I trust you?". I remember walking out of that discussion thinking this is going to be interesting! Over the course of the next three years we established a deep and sincere level of trust, sharing everything from our thoughts on the strategic direction of the company to the trials and tribulations of our personal lives. When one of us was travelling, which was far too often, we made sure to connect over the phone in the evenings. In fact, my Montreal colleagues were so tuned into this that they would ask me before making dinner arrangments what time my call with you would end. Many of the times, I walked into the restaraunt, still visiting with you. I am very thankful for the opportunity to have worked so closely with you. I learned a tremendous amount from you and Learjet is a far better place to be as a result of your time here. Our friendship will not end just because your paycheck now comes from a new address. I wish you all the best in your new endeavor. Give me a call sometime, I have no idea what to do with all this free time in the evening now. Justin Welner

23: "Big thinking precedes great achievement." Wilferd Peterson | Thank You!

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