KALAMAZOO, MI (December 11, 2012) The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) announced the election of Robert Meder as the new Chairman of the NAFI Board of Directors this past weekend at its Teamwork in Training Dinner after the regular Fall Board of Directors Meeting.
A member of the NAFI Board since May of 2010, Meder said, "I have big shoes to fill taking over for Ken Hoffman, but will work hard to continue the growth of NAFI and efforts to ensure that the voice of the flight instructor community is heard at the national level." Meder is succeeding Hoffman as chairman, but Hoffman will be continuing to serve as a member of the NAFI Board of Directors. Hoffman has served as chairman of the board on two occasions historically, with this most recent period covering the past three years.
"I look forward to working with Bob," said Executive Director Jason Blair. "We have worked closely together while he has served as NAFI's treasurer during his time on the board, and I know that he is dedicated to this organization. NAFI members can be confident that Bob will work hard to continue the hard work that this organization needs to be successful."
Meder is a CFI with single-, multi-engine, and instrument privileges. He has more than 3,800 hours with 2,000+ hours of instruction given. He was the 2009 St. Louis FSDO and 2010 Lincoln FSDO CFI of the Year, the 2010 Central Region CFI of the Year, as well as the 2009 St. Louis FAASTeam Representative of the Year. He is also a manager with the Union Pacific Railroad with 33 years experience. Meder is married, with two adult children. He lives in St. Louis, MO, and Omaha, NE.
NAFI selects officers of the board of directors from its current board members in a regular election process. For more information on the NAFI Board of Directors, visit www.nafinet.org/nafibod.aspx.
The National Association of Flight Instructors’ members work at flight schools, universities, FBO’s, corporate flight departments, in the military and as independent instructors. NAFI was founded in 1967 and its members, who now teach in 17 countries, are dedicated to raising and maintaining the professionalism of flight instruction.
NAFI members influence active pilots daily; pilots training to advance their skills with new ratings or certificates and students working to become pilots. NAFI staff also works with industry and government and serves as a voice for flight instruction. NAFI shapes the direction of flight training.
For more information, visit www.NAFINet.org or call 866-806-6156.