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16th Annual Cradle of Aviation Museum Air and Space Gala Honorees

SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY AWARD - Walter Cunningham

Ronnie Walter Cunningham (born March 16, 1932), (Col, USMCR, Ret.), better known as Walter Cunningham, is a retired American astronaut. In 1968, he was a Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 7 mission. He was NASA's third civilian astronaut (after Neil Armstrong and Elliot See), and has also been a fighter pilot, physicist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author of The All-American Boys. Walter Cunningham attended UCLA.


LEROY R. GRUMMAN AWARD - Teresa Ferraro

Teresa Ferraro is President of East/West Industries, Inc. [Full bio to come]

Founded in 1968, East/West is globally recognized for design and manufacturing excellence and as a trusted provider of choice for the industry’s most innovative new aircraft.


Aviation Leadership Award - Tyler Morse

Tyler Morse is CEO and Managing Partner of MCR. Since co-founding MCR in 2006, Mr. Morse has led the company to its position as the seventh largest hotel owner/operator in the United States. With $2 billion of assets under management, MCR owns and operates 94 hotels (11,264 rooms) located across 67 cities and 24 states.

Prior to founding MCR, Mr. Morse served as Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Barry Sternlicht) and contributed to Starwood's overall corporate investment and development initiatives. Mr. Morse was also President of Bliss, the upscale spa and beauty products company based in New York City. Previously, Mr. Morse worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in its Financial Sponsors and Mergers and Acquisitions Group. He started his career at Ernst & Young LLP, where he earned a CPA. Mr. Morse has also worked as a Ski Instructor at Squaw Valley USA and at Termás de Chillán in Chile, on Ski Patrol at Mammoth Mountain and a Baggage Handler at LAX for Delta Air Lines.

Mr. Morse serves on the Board of Directors of NYC & Company, the convention and visitor arm of New York City. He is a member of the Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) Courtyard by Marriott Advisory Board and the Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) Distribution Advisory Committee. He serves on the Policy Advisory Board for the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Mr. Morse is an active member of IREFAC, PREA and NAREIT. He serves as a Trustee on the board of Prep for Prep. 

Mr. Morse received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.