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EAA Names Chaimson as Vice President of Business Development
February 25, 2014 - Dave Chaimson, an aviator who has more than 25 years of marketing, sales and senior management experience, has joined the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as Vice President of Business Development.
In this role, Chaimson will be responsible for diverse areas such as sponsorship development and fulfillment for EAA programs and activities, including the EAA® AirVenture® OshkoshTM fly-in; EAA publication and online advertising; and the creation of new opportunities for businesses to become partners within EAA’s mission of growing participation in aviation.
Chaimson will be a member of EAA’s senior management team and report directly to Jack Pelton, EAA Chairman of the Board.
“Dave brings a unique blend of aviation enthusiasm and extensive, successful business acumen to a role that includes relationship work with multi-national corporations and emerging companies, as well as EAA members and volunteers,” Pelton said. “His experience and knowledge, along with his passion for flight, will be very valuable in new opportunities for partners within the varied programs and activities that are part of EAA.”
Prior to joining EAA, Chaimson was divisional vice president and vice president of worldwide marketing of Sony Creative Software, a technology arm of Sony Electronics. In those positions, he enhanced business development through launches of award-winning products and services, and led partner initiatives with other industry leaders, including Sony’s first corporate program with Goulian Aerosports. His other career experience includes extensive work and knowledge with commercial relations, branding, sales, and customer service.
Chaimson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.
Chaimson holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating and has been a longtime EAA member. He is very active with his hometown airport association in Waunakee, Wis., just north of Madison. Chaimson has also started his commercial pilot training and hopes to complete that certificate in the near future.
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