NAA Selects Amy Spowart as President and CEO

The Board of Directors of the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced the appointment of Amy Spowart as its new President and CEO. Spowart brings considerable association leadership experience and a track-record of developing proactive initiatives.

Amy Spowart

“Amy comes to the NAA with a background of visionary leadership and the ability to cultivate and strengthen strategic alliances. We have no doubt she will take the NAA to a new level of national relevance,” said board chair Jim Albaugh.

In her most recent role as President and CEO of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF), Spowart successfully led the effort to significantly expand the reach of the not-for-profit from a regional focus to a national level. Over her seven years as the NAHF leader, Spowart brought the organization current by developing processes and policies and providing agile change management. She oversaw the formation of critical partnerships, including with PBS, to develop the STEAM-based educational and workforce program, Discovering Flight with the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

“The opportunity to continue celebrating aviation’s most impactful people and their accomplishments is really exciting,” said Spowart. “I look forward to combining the knowledge I gained at the hall of fame with the worthy mission of the nation’s oldest and most historically relevant aviation association. The NAA is the established leader in celebrating aviation achievements. It’s an honor to be chosen to ensure that the NAA remains the leading voice in recognizing the past and future of this innovative industry.”

Spowart will replace Greg Principato, who has served as the NAA President and CEO since 2016. Principato announced his retirement from the association in early March and will vacate the position this fall. Spowart will serve as the 33rd President of the NAA and the first female in the position in the organization’s history.

“Amy has already impressed the board’s Executive Committee with her ideas and vision for the NAA. We are excited by her energy and have no doubt she will build on our current momentum as our new President and CEO”, said Albaugh.