The Experimental Aircraft Association has appointed Tom Poberezny as chairman of the board, it said on March 4. EAA’s founder and long-time chairman, Paul Poberezny, 87, stepped down as chairman a few days earlier. The younger Poberezny will continue his current duties as president while also assuming the chairman’s role, the organization’s announcement said.
Tom Poberezny also is putting a leadership succession initiative in place, to prepare the organization for the next phase of its growth. He said that he will begin working with the board to initiate and lead a search for a new president, with “continued success and continuity of leadership” the key objectives.
After EAA’s next president joins the organization, he or she will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations and will focus on enhancing membership value and growth, Poberezny said. As chairman, Poberezny will “provide ongoing counsel to the organization while focusing specifically on building EAA’s endowment, which will lay the foundation to a secure future,” he explained.
“It is my goal to responsibly secure the future of this organization and provide continuity of leadership,” Poberezny said. “I’m very proud of EAA’s accomplishments over the past half century. The organization is financially strong and ready to invest in its long-term future. I look forward to dedicating my experience and energies toward ensuring EAA’s ongoing success.”
EAA has about 160,000 members at 1,000 local chapters, who “enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft,” Poberezny said.
For information: www.eaa.org or 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322)