Gary Dempsey was named the National Air Transportation Association’s 9th President on September 14, 2018. Founded in 1940, NATA represents the interests of the general aviation business community before Congress and federal, state and local government agencies. NATA’s membership is comprised of aeronautical service providers at over 2,300 locations that own, operate and service general aviation, commercial and military aircraft. Dempsey leads a highly skilled group of professionals who provide industry-leading safety training programs, professional development events, aviation business insurance products and advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues.
In July 2018, Dempsey retired as Jet Aviation’s Vice President of Sales Americas – a position he held for two years. Prior to this appointment, Dempsey was appointed President of Jet Aviation Holdings USA, Inc., in July 2006. Based in Teterboro, New Jersey, Gary previously led the network of high-quality fueling bases, its aircraft management services, satellite line maintenance centers, air carrier charter division, South and Central American operations and the aviation staffing company Jet Professionals.
Before joining Jet Aviation, Gary was Vice President of Service Center Operations for Gulfstream Savannah and General Dynamics Aviation Services. Prior to Gulfstream, he led top-rated FBOs and service centers for Raytheon Aviation Services and Beechcraft in the U.S. and dedicated to serving the general aviation transportation industry.
Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Wilmington University. Additionally, Gary is an FAA licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and he is also an A&P technician with FAA inspection authorization. Gary was a member of NATA’s Board of Directors for the past 6 years, serving as Board Chair in 2014. He is a former member of the NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council, he is a Wings Club member, and supports the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, Florida. Gary was inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015 for his contributions in the field of business aviation.