New AOPA Regional Program Focuses on Advocacy, Community

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has announced the hiring of seven new, full-time regional managers to better build strong local GA communities and strengthen the organization’s relationships with state and local governments across the country. 

AOPA has had a successful regional representative program for many years, which focused on state and local advocacy.  In 2012, the association re-organizes the country into seven regions, headed by regional managers who will work on state and local issues, handle pilot outreach and serve the membership.  Many of the previous regional representatives will continue to serve in the new AOPA program, attending aviation events as part of the association’s local engagement initiative.

The hiring of the regional managers marks the first overhaul of AOPA regional advocacy and representation in decades.  AOPA President Craig Fuller said they are pleased and fortunate that many of their ‘new’ regional managers are familiar faces, having served very capably as AOPA regional representatives. 
The new regional managers are:
· Great Lakes region: Bryan Budds
· Northeast region: Craig Dotlo
· Alaska: Tom George
· Southern region:  Bob Minter
· California: John L. Pfeifer
· Central Southwest region: Yasmina Platt
· Northwest Mountain region: David R. Ulane