Alliance Welcomes Mark Baker as New President of AOPA

Washington, DC— The Alliance for Aviation Across America this week welcomes the announcement of Mark Baker as the new President of Aircraft Operators and Pilots Association (AOPA). Baker replaces Craig Fuller, outgoing President of AOPA, who has led the organization for the last five years.

“We are delighted to hear of the announcement of Mark Baker as the new the President of AOPA. Mark clearly brings a wealth of business leadership and aviation experience as a pilot and the former President and CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware Corporation, President and COO of Scotts Miracle–Gro Company, President and CEO of Gander Mountain Company and COO of The Home Depot.”

“As an original founding member of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, we look forward to working with AOPA on the most important issues facing general aviation.”

Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 6,100 individuals, businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups working to increase awareness about the value and importance of general aviation and airports, particularly to rural America.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is one of the founding members and a current board member of the Alliance, along with the National Business Aviation Association, the League of Rural Voters, the National Association of State Aviation Officials and the Air Care Alliance. Recent new board members include the National Air Transportation Association, the Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council, the National Farmers Union and Helicopter Association International.