9-Mar-2012 Source: HAI
Karen Gebhart, vice president of business development and expositions for HAI, was elected to the Board of Directors for Women in Aviation, International (WAI) during that associationâ€™s annual meeting in Dallas.
â€œI have long admired the work WAI has done over the years to build a dynamic and growing aviation organization focused on women, and I am honored to become a part of the direction for the future.â€
Gebhart brings a wealth of aviation experience to the position. She is a fixed-wing private pilot with more than 500 flight hours. Prior to her current position at HAI, Gebhart served the general aviation community for 16 years in a number of executive positions at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
In her role at HAI, Gebhart is responsible for expanding the Associationâ€™s presence worldwide, both through oversight of HELI-EXPOÂ®; advertising inÂ ROTORÂ magazine; increased visibility at air shows, conventions, and expositions; and through development of strategic alliances and partnerships. She also oversees HAIâ€™s Membership department and its efforts to achieve an even deeper penetration into the helicopter community.
â€œAs in other segments of aviation, women represent one of the great untapped pools for the helicopter industry,â€ said Gebhart. â€œI look forward to working closely with Women in Aviation to promote aviation as a real option open to women â€“ whether as a career or just a goal for personal satisfaction and enrichment.â€