AOPA Welcomes Industry Veteran to Aviation Finance Team

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently welcomed Pamela Cooksey to the AOPA Aviation Finance team as an outside sales representative, where she will be taking on the role of Senior Account Executive.

Cooksey brings with her 30 years of experience and was notably featured in American Banker Magazine in 1996, as one of only a few women leaders in the aviation finance industry. Her career began in 1989 at the Central Trust Company in Canton, Ohio, where she focused on small piston aircraft financing. In 1996, she joined forces with FirstMerit Bank in Akron, Ohio, where she helped start the first Aircraft Department for the bank. In that role, she was instrumental in growing and managing the bank’s aircraft portfolio to more than $200 million.

“We are thrilled to have Pam join our team. AOPA Finance is committed to growing the GA industry by bringing the best and greatest number of financing options to our members. Her focus will be on supporting aircraft dealers and brokers by providing them a wide range of financing programs,” said Adam Meredith, President of AOPA Aviation Finance.

Before joining AOPA, Cooksey worked at Scope Aircraft Finance in Columbus, Ohio, where she specialized in financing high performance aircraft, turboprops and light jets for owner pilots. Throughout her career, she has built an impressive network of dealers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and clients, and will be an asset to the AOPA Aviation Finance Team.

Cooksey will work from her home in Louisville, Ohio, where she resides with her husband, Kim. They also have a son and two granddaughters.

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