Pelton Could Remain 'Volunteer' EAA Leader
EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said Monday he could remain the leader of the organization through 2015 depending on the outcome of board discussions this fall. Pelton told a Q&A session with media Monday at AirVenture 2013 that the search for a president/CEO has been suspended as the board considers whether to make those duties the responsibility of the volunteer chairman. "I'll be here for three years," said Pelton, who was elected as the chairman of the board in late 2012 for a three-year term. At about the same time, former President and CEO Rod Hightower suddenly announced that he was resigning to spend more time with his family. It was widely assumed that a replacement for Hightower would be hired and that Pelton would be in the running.
But Pelton said some members of the board have said they'd be interested in taking on the job as volunteers and those discussions are forthcoming. Pelton did not say if he was one of those board members but he did indicate that if the existing role became the permanent mandate of the chairman, he would fulfill it. Meanwhile, he said he is in regular contact with former EAA President Tom Poberezny, who, like last year, will not be attending the show. Poberezny is a member of the board of directors of Garmin and is attending meetings in Europe. He and his wife are going on a cruise after the meetings.