August 22, 2013 - EAA Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton welcomes the opportunity to work with AOPA's new president/CEO, Mark Baker, a longtime EAA member who will begin his new role next month.
"We congratulate Mark on being named to lead AOPA and look forward to working with him," Pelton said. "Mark is, at heart, a grassroots pilot who has a passion for flying. He also has long EAA ties and connections to Wisconsin. That enthusiasm for flying and his professional background makes him a marvelous fit for AOPA and he will represent the general aviation pilot community very well."
A native Minnesotan, Baker, 55, has been an EAA member for nearly two decades, including participation in the Young Eagles program. He is also a regular attendee at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Baker became a pilot in his 20s and has logged more than 7,500 hours of flight time. He enjoys flying everything from light seaplanes to turbines to helicopters, but his favorite airplane continues to be his Piper Super Cub.
Baker, EAA 503968, and his wife, Vickie, have four children and six grandchildren. Not only did Baker encourage his father to learn to fly, but two of his sons-in-law have their pilot certificates and his own son will become a pilot soon as well.
"With Mark is the leadership position at AOPA, we will be able to build on the solid collaboration EAA established with AOPA under Craig Fuller's leadership," Pelton said. "There are many challenges and issues that GA faces, so it's imperative that our organizations work in a united way so we can be stronger together."