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National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Appoints Interim President & CEO

Washington DC, October 2, 2018 – Following the 87th NASAO Annual Convention and Tradeshow, held September 23-25, 2018 in Oklahoma City, the Executive Committee and Board of NASAO received the resignation of Mark Kimberling, who has served as President and CEO for the past two years. The Board has appointed John Shea to serve as Interim President and CEO.

 

NASAO Chair Cassandra Isackson, Director, Aeronautics Office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation stated, “NASAO thanks Mark for his service and we wish him the very best. John Shea’s work on our behalf and his willingness to step into the role of Interim President and CEO, as we conduct a nationwide search, is much appreciated.”

 

Founded in 1931, NASAO is one of the most senior aviation organizations in the United States, predating even the Federal Aviation Administration’s predecessor, the Civil Aeronautics Authority. NASAO was established 87 years ago to ensure uniformity of safety measures, to standardize airport regulations and develop a truly national air transportation system responsive to local, state, and regional needs.

 

NASAO is served by a management partnership with Interel US, a government relations and association management company. Bruce Wardle, CAE, Interel US Chairman, will be working closely with NASAO’s Chair, Cassandra Isackson and her President Selection Task Group, to ensure a smooth transition to a new President & CEO. Chair Isackson will head the NASAO Search Group, which intends to have NASAO’s next President selected by the end of this year.

 

During the search process, John Shea, who originally joined NASAO as Manager of Government Relations, is Interim President and CEO and will continue to ensure NASAO is well represented in the Federal arena. Prior to NASAO, John worked on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), and Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN-08).

 

“I’m honored to be appointed by the board as Interim President and CEO, and I’m excited to work with our members on advancing the association’s agenda”, said Shea. “NASAO has accomplished much. My goal is to keep that momentum going and to build off it.”

 

About NASAO: The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) is governed by the board of directors composed of the NASAO Executive Committee and NASAO Regional Directors. NASAO members organize, promote, and fund a wide variety of aviation programs across the nation. NASAO presents the views of the states to Congress and the Administration. NASAO works very closely with the Department of Transportation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Transportation Research Board and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. It is also the only organization of its type to have an official Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NASAO also maintains strong relationships with all related associations in the aviation community. www.nasao.org

 

About Interel US: Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Interel serves clients who value proximity to the large nonprofit community located in the D.C. area and who appreciate having their nonprofit perfectly positioned in the Nation’s Capital to make its voice heard. Interel staff uses this physical proximity along with long-standing relationships within the association community, and with legislators and regulatory agencies, to advance issues that benefit clients and achieve their goals. Interel’s relationships represent partnerships, formed as strategic alliances with client boards focused on governance, while Interel is focused on management and implementation. www.interelgroup.com
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