John A. Berges Lecture Series in Business Ethics – Kenneth Ricci


Location: 102 DeBartolo

Speaker: Kenneth Ricci, CEO, Directional Aviation

Title of Lecture:  Ethics: Nature or Nurture?

Kenneth Ricci is a 35 year aviation industry veteran beginning in 1980 with Corporate Wings, an aircraft charter operation. Today, Kenn is the principal of Directional Aviation Capital which owns various aviation enterprises including Flexjet, Flight Options, Sentient Jet, Sky Jet, Nextant Aerospace, N1 Engines, and Constant Aviation.

Kenn is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Cleveland Marshall School of Law. He is an airline transport pilot with extensive international experience and was Governor William Clinton’s pilot when he ran for President in 1992.

Kenn was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year and received the Harvard Business School’s  Dively Entrepreneurship Award. He was also the youngest recipient of the prestigious William Ong Award for extraordinary achievement in the general aviation industry. 

Kenn serves on the Board of Trustees for University Hospitals, the University of Notre Dame and the Smithsonian. He also serves on several Corporate Boards and is the aviation advisor to the Guggenheim Aero Opportunity Fund.

Kenn’s management strategies have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and he is the Author of “Management by Trust”, a book featuring practical management techniques for building employee trust and success.

For a full list of speakers visit: Berges Lecture Series  

Free and open to the Notre Dame Community and the Public

Contact: Deb Coch