Fourth Quarter 2014
Issue No. VI
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Have you noticed the snow is falling. It's holiday season again!


Where does the time go when you are busy with family, friends, and yes your jobs? Our team here at NBP in beautiful Claremont, California, is getting ready to ring in the New Year. The books will close in December which, as we all know, will be here before you can say "start shopping!"


This is our final newsletter of 2014 and it has been a pleasure

Steven Ozuna

brining this to you. Team NBP is putting the last minute details on our plan to smoothly move us into 2015 and beyond. New faces have joined our group along with upgrades in the manufacturing and production (new ERP System). Our marketing team is in the process of designing a new website and making travel plans and procurement is ongoing and flowing well. The engineering/service groups are in the middle of R & D and proposal mode. All the while, the accounting team is crunching the year end numbers.


But as they say in show biz, the curtain closes one day and opens again the next. Such is the life, here at NBP, we are steadfastly on our way into the 49th year in the aviation business. So when you are out there running about for that last gift or heading frantically to your in-laws for the joyous family gathering, just remember, you are not alone. We are right there with you!


Happy Holiday!




Steven Ozuna


AAAE Report


By Aiden Ozuna, May 17-21 AAAE San Antonio 2014 - The American Association of Airport Executives held its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas this year, with the official roster of attendees well

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over one thousand. The turnout of participants included corporate Vice-Presidents, airport managers and representatives from the industry.


The NBP team that went to the show included (myself), Andrea Orr, and Steven Ozuna.


NBP Attends NATCA Communicating For Safety (CFS)


The NATCA CFS show is held in Las Vegas, Nevada every year, and is attended by members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, members of the FAA, as well as leaders of Industry.  


The NBP booth was bustling with visitors throughout the three day event, and some good contacts were gathered for follow up. The final award ceremony was a nice wrap up and left everyone inspired and proud to be working in such an amazing industry with such diverse people.


The NBP team in attendance included Andrea Orr, Steven and Aiden Ozuna.

NBP had a very successful show and we look forward to seeing you at CFS 2015.
NBP Team


The NBP team has been burning the midnight oil to complete the SE2025 teaming partner experience forms, besides their normal duties.

NBP is on two different SE2025 teams, one for Research and Mission Analysis, and the other for System Engineering.


The NBP team consisted of Tom Semanie, Bryce Neilson, Fernando Ramirez, Veronica Guzman, Rick Angeloni, Larry Davis, Aiden Ozuna and Andrea Orr. The hard work is not over yet, the team will be providing support to the primes on the total package submissions.

Industry News


Argos Ingegneria is an Italian company specializing in photometric calibration systems for Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL). Argos currently has equipment being utilized in over 20 countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East. Argos and NBP began working together when the company approached NBP looking to test their SMF PAPI, a portable device allowing a PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) to be quickly and easily aligned in the field, eliminating the need for a flight check, with NBP's new LED PAPI.


Upon successful demonstration, talks began about how NBP could bring these two technologies together in ways that will not only be cost effective, but also increase the safety of aviation around the globe.

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In May, an NBP crew consisting of Ken Harter, Noe Rivera, Tien Tran, Jesus Luna, Ken Castellanos and Tony Gonzales were in Tulsa Oklahoma Airport to install Replacement Lamp Monitoring Systems (RLMS). The installation crew of six has over 145 years of experience at NBP.


RLMS, sometimes referred to as a "Sustainment Program" is a modification system to existing Airflo and Godfrey ALSF-2 systems. This modification provides a practical, working and approved method for monitoring all brightness steps thereby improving and facilitating ALSF-2 service and operational maintenance.

Giving Back


NBP Corporation is proud to announce their donation of $300 to the Reggie's Rambler's Walk Run, which was held on Sunday, October 12, and benefits the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Samsun Clinic.


The 22nd Annual Walk/Run was hosted by the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and the Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara.

To date, the Walk/Run has raised over $2.5 million dollars in support of local cancer research.

Giving Back

In September, NBP graciously contributed to NATCA Charitable Foundation. Our donation sponsored a tree/plant that will be used in the convention hall during the 2014 NATCA Biennial Convention. If you attended the Denver Convention in 2012, you will remember NFC's Show Your Roots campaign that benefited Habitat for Humanity. 


The tree/plant will be donated to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity for use in their St. Paul urban development project. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity envisions a Twin Cities region where every family can own a home in a healthy neighborhood that supports good job and education for all.

NBP Employee Appreciation Luncheon


Did You Know


Lauren O'Neill is a senior associate art director at Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, where she collaborates with talented folks to conceptualize and craft stories, art direct photo shoots, obsess over typography, and perfect details. Prior to that, she had freelanced as a graphic designer for a number of creative, small businesses.


"During layovers, I often find myself observing the activity on the runway and thinking that I'd love to see this from above. With a creative block on a project, I took to Google mapping airports and was enamored by the beautiful satellite shots on my screen. Since then, wanderlust has often inspired me to get lost in the satellite imagery of various destinations even when I'm glued to my desk," writes O'Neill.

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In This Issue
AAAE Report
NBP On The Road
NBP Update
Industry News-Argos
NBP News
Giving Back
NBP Luncheon
Becerra Golf Classic
Meet Tom Semanie
Meet Khai Le
Meet Liezel O. Lau
Meet Lisa Castano
Meet Robert Estrada
Congratulations Bryce

Becerra 22nd Annual 

Golf Classic

(Pictured L to R: Steven Ozuna, Jake Sanchez, Jess Casso and Jaime Casso).

Congressman Xavier Becerra's 22nd Annual Golf Classic was held on August 22, 2014 at the Montebello Country Club in Montbello. The event was enjoyed by all attendees, especially by the foursome of Steven Ozuna, Jake Sanchez, Jess Casso, and Jaime Casso, who claimed they had a great time competing.


Meet Tom Semanie


Tom Semanie joined NBP in April of 2014 as the General Manager, and brings with him over 25 years of Supply Chain, Business, and Operations experience. He comes to NBP from Flowserve Corporation as a Supply Chain/Operations Manager for a site that produced highly engineered pump systems for both the Oil & Gas and Nuclear Power Plant industries. He also has worked for several different divisions within the Parker Hannifin Corporation with increased levels of responsibility throughout a 22-plus year career with a primary focus in Aerospace and Plant Operation.


Tom has a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from California State University in Long Beach and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne. In addition, he is in the process of getting his CPSM from the Institute of Supply Management.

Tom, his lovely wife Vicki, and playful son Blake reside in Orange, California. In his free time, he primarily enjoys spending quality time with his family. He also makes time for playing golf, hockey, and any activities that help him stay in shape. He is an avid sports fan and when time permits, he enjoys watching hockey, college football and baseball.


Tom has enjoyed his move over to NBP and his new role as the GM. He is looking forward to working with his new team to help grow the business by the implementation of Lean Manufacturing Tools and improving Customer Service, Quality, and Costs by achieving operational excellence.

Meet Amir Akkad, Jr.

Please welcome Amir Akkad, Jr. Test Tech in the Engineering Department. He began working for NBP in September of 2014. He is half Egyptian and half Syrian, but he proudly states he was born and raised here in Southern California. He earned his Bachelor degree from ITT Tech and plans on going back to school to get his Master's Degree next year. On his free time, he likes to go hiking or to the gym. He also likes to snowboard in the winter and go to the beach in the summer.
Meet Khai Le

Khai Le began with NBP in May of 2014 as an Electronic Assembler in the Production Department. He brings with him over 15 years of experience in the Avionics field. He proudly shares that he was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in 1991. He has attended the Fullerton College and plans to transfer to California State University majoring in Computer Technology. Physics and Electronic Circuits are his favorite subjects.


Like his wife, he enjoys watching quality movies or using a personal computer during his spare time. He also adds he likes spending time with his family on the weekend and taking his little baby girl to the park for playtime.

Meet Liezel O. Lau

Liezel O. Lau started at NBP in July of this year as an Assembly person in the Production Department. She was born in the Philippines and came to California with her family in 1996. She was a Certified Medical Assistant in the Philippines before relocating to the United States. She is a devoted Christian and attends church and bible study regularly. Liezel loves cooking, baking, reading pocket books, singing, dancing, and most of all, watching the Filipino television channel. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing table tennis, basketball, Monky-Monkey and Pong-Pong cards. Liezel adds that she is very sensitive in nature.

Meet Lisa Castano

Lisa Castano began at NBP in May of 2014 as the new Production Control/Stockroom Clerk in the Purchasing Department. She comes to NBP from Cobham Aerospace, where she was Stockroom Lead in Arizona. She was born in Southern California and graduated from Rim of the World High School. She lived in Arizona for about 11 years, and now she is back to her home state, California, to be near her family. Lisa has a son named Kevin who she is very proud of. She beams, "He is the apple of my eye!" He graduated from Universal Technical Institute this year and she is looking forward to having him back in California soon.


Outside of work, Lisa enjoys gardening, working outdoors, backpacking, hiking and is an avid camper. She adds that one of her rewarding accomplishments was when she served as a missionary for a non-denominational group in Europe and Asia.


Lisa is happy to share that she feels she has been blessed with an awesome job at NBP where her co-workers are like family.

Meet Robert Estrada

Robert Estrada joined NBP in February of this year as a Quality Control Inspector in the Quality Assurance Department. He has previously worked for Ray Products. He has been married for 23 years to his lovely wife Esperanza and they have three wonderful children, Adriana, who is 23 years old, Alan, who is 22, and their youngest, Kevin who is 15.


Robert added that he has another responsibility other than his family, and that's their pet dog, Nanas. He is proud to share that his daughter, Adriana, has recently graduated from CalPoly Pomona University with a Bachelor's degree.


Robert enjoys listening to music, even mixing his own CDs. He also likes to go to the movie theater to watch action movies. His favorite sports teams include the Los Angeles Lakers and Anaheim Angels, and he like to watch and play soccer.

Newest Addition

 Congratulations to Bryce Nielsen in welcoming his new grandson, James Ryan Verkist. James was born August 20 and is the son of Bryce's daughter, Kirsten (Nielsen) and Brandon Verkist. At birth, he weighed in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and he was 19 inches long. 

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