September 30, 2008
By Ian J. Twombly
Mooney named Robert B. Gowens its new CEO late last week. Dennis Ferguson will remain on as president. Gowens brings extensive experience from the marine industry, serving as high as CEO, Mooney said. “He has the expertise and practical, hands-on experience to help us move to the next level of efficiency and profitability,” said Chairman of the Board Steve E. Karol.
Gowens is a graduate of Kent State University in Ohio. He has served as a consultant to the manufacturing industry, CEO of a boat manufacturing company, vice president of sales and marketing at Mercury Marine’s Mercruiser Business Unit, and president of Evinrude/Johnson Outboard Engines. Mooney said it chose Gowens because he “understands how to preserve and enhance the value of a company like Mooney in a challenging business environment because he’s done it before.”
AOPA staff members updated attendees of the Montana Aviation Conference Feb. 27 through March 1 on the association's involvement in issues that affect pilots.
Pilots from Maine and New England turned out in numbers for the annual Maine Aviation Forum hosted by EAA Chapter 1434.
A bill to move aircraft tax revenues to the state aviation fund needs member support to get through the Washington State House.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.