Alexandria, VA, November 6, 2009 - National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James K. Coyne announced the hiring of Timothy J. Heck as the association's new vice president, financial operations. Heck takes over for Alan Darrow, who recently retired from the organization after more than 15 years of service as NATA's chief financial officer. Heck assumed responsibility for handling all of the association's financial operations effective October 19th.
Prior to joining NATA, Heck was the comptroller for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and held similar positions with other associations. Heck earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
"Tim is a fantastic addition to the NATA staff," stated Coyne. "His strong financial management background and vast experience with non-profit organizations will be invaluable to NATA, especially as our industry works through one of the worst economic downturns in recent memory."
Heck, who also holds a Certificate of Public Accounting, has a proven track record in affecting change by implementing best practices in the areas of operations, cash and treasury management, budgeting, process reengineering and strategic planning to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
"NATA and its membership are quite fortunate to have someone of Tim's caliber assuming the vice president of financial operations position," concluded Coyne. "I look forward to working with Tim as we build off of the solid financial foundation that Alan provided during his service to the association."
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