OPA holds monthly dinner meetings the first Thursday of every month (with some exceptions; check our Calendar on this site) at the C.E. Page Building at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City (see map at left). Distinguished guest speakers present educational and safety related programs at the monthly dinner meetings. Visitors are welcome!
Dinner is $13 per person and payable by cash or check at the door. Social gathering starts at 6:30pm; dinner is served at 7:00pm; presentation usually starts around 7:30pm. Dinner is not required.
Please email Roger Walton (below) with reservations. Indicate if dinner is desired.
OPA hosts monthly FlyAways to interesting destinations for lunch or dinner and other activities. We like to fly, and we like to eat!
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JUNE DINNER MEETING
Thursday - June 7th
Speakers: Mark Baker & Katie Pribyl
AOPA President & AOPA Senior Vice President of Aviation Strategy and Programs
Social 6:30 pm; Dinner 7:00 pm
Mark will discuss the present state of business for AOPA and Katie will provide our members with a comprehensive overview of AOPA's efforts to grow the pilot population.
Mark Baker is a longtime general aviation (GA) pilot and only the fifth president in the 75-year history of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Prior to his appointment at AOPA, Baker served in numerous senior executive roles, including chief operating officer at Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, president and CEO of outdoor outfitter Gander Mountain Company, and chief merchandizing officer and executive vice president for The Home Depot. Most recently, he served as CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corp., a leading retailer of home improvement and garden products. He uses his extensive business experience to help AOPA build value for its members, with a special emphasis on aligning association resources with member priorities.
Baker, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, has also served on numerous corporate boards and has taken leadership roles with nonprofit organizations, including City of Hope, a top biomedical research, treatment, and education institution in Duarte, California. In conjunction with his role as president and CEO of AOPA, Baker is chairman AOPA's Political Action Committee, chief executive officer for the AOPA Foundation, president of the International Council of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations representing pilots in 72 countries, and publisher of AOPA Pilot, the world's largest and most influential aviation publication. Baker took the left seat at AOPA on September 6, 2013, following formal appointment by the Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting of Members in Frederick, Maryland.
As leader of AOPA's aviation strategy and programs division, Katie is responsible for its You Can Fly program and the Air Safety Institute. Under the You Can Fly umbrella, Katie and her team are building initiatives designed to get lapsed pilots back in the air, provide more affordable access to aviation through flying clubs, support best practices in flight training, and introduce high school students to aviation. The AOPA Air Safety Institute has been producing free programs with the goal of helping pilots fly safer for more than 60 years. From groundbreaking online courses, to popular live seminars and videos, ASI covers the spectrum of aviation safety education.
Katie earned a degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and flew the Canadair Regional Jet with Atlantic Coast Airlines/Independence Air before serving as the director of communications for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Katie is also a CFI and rated seaplane pilot. Her idea of the perfect weekend involves flying her 1956 Cessna 180 Skywagon in her home state of Montana.
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