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NATA President Announces Leadership Change

March 4, 2016 – Today, National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks announced his intention to resign effective August 31, 2016. 

Tom Hendricks was named president of NATA in July 2012. He began his flying career in general aviation in the mid-1970s when he received his private pilot certificate in Hamilton, Ohio. He comes from a family of aviation enthusiasts. 

“It has been an honor to lead NATA through this period of significant change by greatly enhancing its position as the voice of aviation business on Capitol Hill, at the agencies, and in the states. 

"I am also pleased to have led the association’s move to downtown Washington, DC, overseen the expansion of the association’s membership, and the development of new products and services to help our members operate safely and effectively in the marketplace. Having accomplished these initiatives, I now look forward to new challenges and opportunities,” stated Hendricks. 


“NATA is deeply appreciative of Tom’s leadership,” stated NATA Chairman Andrew Priester (Chairman and CEO, Priester Aviation), “Under Tom’s steady hand the association moved forward on a number of fronts particularly enhancing its reputation with policymakers and expanding benefits for NATA’s membership. We respect and appreciate his decision and willingness to remain through August to aid in this transition.”

A member of NATA’s board of directors will be designated to assume the duties as interim President/CEO effective September 1st until a successor is named. NATA’s Senior Vice Presidents, William R. Deere and Timothy R. Obitts will oversee the association’s daily activities.

Bill and Tim are an important part of Tom’s legacy to this association,” concluded Priester, “Their work executing on Tom’s vision continues the association’s path toward long-term success.  The NATA Board is delighted they will continue Tom’s work.”


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