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CEOs recall working with or for late President Bush

Calio with Bush
Airlines for America CEO Nick Calio, then a White House legislative aide, walks with the late President George H.W. Bush.

Dec. 14, 2018
By William Ehart

Three association executives who worked with or for former President George H.W. Bush in the 1980s and ’90s remember a man far different than his public image at the time.

They shared their reminiscences with CEO Update during the first week of December, when Bush lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda and was memorialized in services at Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral and in Houston, Texas.

The Bush that Nick Calio, Rob Nichols and Kevin Burke knew was successful with key legislation, bipartisan, unflappable even in times of war, humorous and gracious to all. He was also the author of an unceasing flurry of thank-you notes.