Photo above – From left are, Colorado Aeronautics Division Director David Ulane, Shahn Sederberg, Aviation Planner Kaitlyn Westendorf, and Program Manager Todd Green.
The Colorado Division of Aeronautics Communications & Multimedia Manager Shahn Sederberg received the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) “2019 State Aviation Distinguished Service Award”. The award was announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 held in conjunction with the 2019 NASAO Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The NASAO State Aviation Distinguished Service Award recognizes state aviation personnel who have excelled in their service and dedication to aviation progress and development in their state. Recognizing that the vitality and effectiveness of a state aviation agency directly reflects the quality of agency personnel, NASAO resolved to identify and honor a staff member that has performed in an exemplary manner and whose contributions will serve as an inspiration to other state aviation agency personnel.
Sederberg was nominated for his contributions to effectively tell the positive stories of aviation and aerospace in Colorado through a variety of communication mediums including video production, photography, graphic design, and web development. “I’m really blessed to report on the amazing things our staff works so hard to accomplish,” said Sederberg.
Some of Sederberg’s nationally-recognized productions include the Colorado Airport Directory, Colorado Aeronautical Chart, Airport Stories Video Series, and the Discover Colorado Airports exhibit located at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. His work has helped advance and improve aviation safety and has allowed the Division to effectively communicate the story of Colorado’s innovative programs and the importance of aviation and airports to Colorado’s entire community.
Sederberg began his aviation career in 1998 as a Centennial Airport (APA) intern funded by the Division’s Internship Program. His tenure with the Division began in 2001 as an Airport Planner and Airport Safety Inspector. In 2005, Shahn was successful in his pitch to create his current position as Communications and Multimedia Manager which combined his passion for both aviation and multimedia arts.