NATA Names New President

Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2018/January 2019 issue

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Board of Directors has named Gary Dempsey its new president to succeed Martin (Marty) H. Hiller, who assumed the role of NATAs President in 2016, after 6 years on the association’s board of directors. The appointment became effective October 1, 2018.

“Marty stepped in to lead the association at a critical point and did an outstanding job,” said Greg Schmidt, President & CEO of Pentastar Aviation and Past Board Chair of NATA. “He has helped put the association in a solid financial position for years to come and led the battle on many of the threats facing our industry, including ATC privatization, workforce shortages and illegal charter.”

Gary Dempsey most recently served as Jet Aviation’s Vice President of Sales Americas, where he was responsible for forming and leading the company’s aviation sales team. He was also a member of NATAs Board of Directors for the past 6 years, serving as chair in 2014.

Dempsey first joined Jet Aviation in 2003 as Senior Vice President, Aircraft Maintenance & OEM Development. Prior to Jet Aviation, Dempsey served in various leadership positions at Gulfstream Savannah and General Dynamics Aviation Services, as well as top-rated FBOs and service centers for Raytheon Aviation Services and Beechcraft in the U.S.

Dempsey holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Wilmington University. He is a pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and an airframe and powerplant technician with FAA inspection authorization.

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