Mon, Jul 26, 2010
New EAA Prez is Stearman Pilot/Rebuilder
During remarks in advance of the Piper press conference at
Oshkosh 2010, current president Tom Poberezny let loose with the
fact that EAA has selected new leadership to 'augment'
his aims for the organization.
Tom Poberezny, Rod Hightower
While little info is available for the moment, Hightower
noted that he has been a flyer since the age of 16, and has had a
lifelong involvement in aviation, and over the course of 5 years,
rebuilt the Boeing Stearmen that he flies currently. Hightower was
introduced along with his wife and five children after remarks in
which Poberezny noted that he had great plans for his involvement
in the future, but that Hightower was chosen so that he could
undertake tasks best suited to his experience and interests.
According to the EAA website, Hightower is a native of
Missouri and is a director of the National Stearman
Foundation. A businessman of 25 years, he has led companies both
domestic and interational with as many as 2,300 employees and
annual budgets of up to $470 million.
The search for a new EAA President began back in 2005, and while
the organization reportedly came close to
naming Pete Bunce to the position last year,
the process hit a snag, and the search continued.
ANN will post more info as it becomes available...
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