EAA chooses next president

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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EAA made a big announcement at its biggest event.

On Monday – the first day of AirVenture 2010 – the organization named longtime pilot and EAA member Rod Hightower to be the organization’s third president. He replaces Tom Poberezny, who remains on as EAA chairman. In the July issue of Insight, Poberezny was profiled and he talked about the challenges ahead for the organization as well as his future. In Monday’s announcement, Poberezny says he plans to stay very active with EAA, fostering the organization’s business relationships and philanthropy.

Hightower is the first EAA president from outside of the Poberezny family. Tom’s father, Paul, founded EAA.

Hightower, a Texas native, has a distinguished career in business leadership. His career spans more than 25 years of business management for manufacturing and industrial companies. He has led both U.S. and international operations with as many as 2,300 employees and annual revenues of as much as $470 million.

Hightower is also a vintage aircraft enthusiast, having restored his own Stearman biplane, which he flies. His duties as EAA president will begin Sept. 7 and include the day-to-day operations as well as direction of EAA programs and strategy.

“This is a very exciting time for EAA and general aviation," says Hightower. "I'm honored to be selected as the next leader of such a passionate group of aviation enthusiasts as EAA members. I've been a part of the organization for more than 20 years. There is much work ahead, but I am eager to start."

— By MaryBeth Matzek