Executive Biographies

Martin (Marty) H. Hiller

National Air Transportation Association

Marty Hiller is the current Chief Executive Officer of Hiller Carbon, a leading supplier of carbon to steel mills and foundries and was named President of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) in August 2016. NATA represents aeronautical service providers at over 2,300 locations in the U.S. and beyond.  NATA’s members own, operate and service general aviation, commercial and military aircraft. Hiller leads a highly skilled group of professionals that provide advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues before federal, state and local governments. NATA also provides an array of member services including the highly renowned Safety 1st Program, viewed as the “Gold Standard” for training professional line service personnel and other staff. 

Entrepreneur Marty Hiller is a principal in North Shore Holdings, LLC, with interests in aviation, carbon, and minerals. Primary aviation activities include the ownership of fixed-base operations, including Marathon Jet Center, Marathon General Aviation, Marathon Florida, Harbour Air Services, Traverse City, Michigan. Hiller Carbon, a North Shore Holdings subsidiary, provides carbon and specialty minerals to steel, rubber, and plastics industries. He is most known in aviation for the ownership of The Hiller Group, a leading supplier of branded fuel to over 600 airports in North America. The Hiller Group, Inc. was acquired by World Fuel Services [NYSE:int] in December 2010.

Timothy R. Obitts

Executive Vice President of Operations and Business, General Counsel
National Air Transportation Association
Timothy R. Obitts serves as the Executive Vice President of Operations and Business, General Counsel, for the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).  In this role Mr. Obitts oversees the day-to-day operation of NATA and also serves as its general counsel.  
Prior to joining NATA in November 2014, Obitts served as the managing partner of Gammon & Grange, P.C., a national practice law firm specializing in nonprofit and communications law, and also co-chaired its litigation practice.  During Obitts' 18 years at Gammon & Grange, he served as corporate counsel and general counsel for many nonprofits and trade associations, handling a wide array of issues that affect their day-to-day activities and also lobbied Capitol Hill and federal agencies. 
Obitts earned a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from California Western School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree, double major Philosophy and History, from Gordon College, where he also was named All-New England in Tennis, NAIA. Obitts is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, and Virginia, as well as numerous federal and appellate courts, and the U.S Supreme Court.  Obitts co-founded several nonprofit organizations and serves on several nonprofit boards. Obitts and his wife of 19 years, Krista, have five children, ranging in age from five to fifteen.

William R. Deere

Executive Vice President of Government and External Affairs
National Air Transportation Association

Bill Deere joined NATA in April of 2014 and leads the association’s policy, advocacy, and communications efforts. No stranger to aviation, Deere twice served as a professional staff member at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), rising to the position of Senior Vice President for Legislative Affairs. Deere was AOPA’s principal representative to Capitol Hill and managed its Washington, D.C., office. In between stints at AOPA, Deere served on the House Appropriations Committee staff for Rep. Jim Lightfoot (IA). Representative Lightfoot, a pilot, was a leading member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee and was deeply involved in the development of FAA reform legislation designed to improve the agency’s personnel and procurement processes. Deere also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, overseeing the day-to-day interactions between the Department and the Senate, including the confirmation of the Department’s nominees and the ratification of treaties. Most recently, Deere was Vice President for Government Affairs at the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom), an association of voice, video and data providers including AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink, as well as mid-size and smaller rural communications providers.

Jason S. Miller, CPA

National Air Transportation Association

Jason Miller joined NATA in December of 2012 overseeing the association’s finance and accounting functions. Jason’s involvement with the aviation industry includes previous work as the CFO of the airline owned charge card business, Universal Air Travel Plan.  Jason’s background also includes the hospitality sector, previously serving as both Senior Manager of Internal Audit and Senior Manager of Marriott’s Security Exchange Commission Reporting function for Marriott International. 

Jason began his career with the Big Four Accounting firms (Ernst & Young LLP/ KPMG LLP) where he specialized in both entrepreneurship and non-profit organizations as a financial statement auditor. In addition, he also serves as Treasurer for a number of non-profit organizations.