Executive Biographies
 

Martin (Marty) H. Hiller

President 
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.


 

William R. Deere

Senior Vice President for Government & 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, Bill 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.  Bill was AOPA’s principal representative to Capitol Hill and managed its Washington, DC, 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.
 
Bill 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.    

Timothy R. Obitts

General Counsel
National Air Transportation Association
 
Prior to joining NATA, Obitts was the Managing Partner of the law firm Gammon & Grange, P.C., specializing in the representation of nonprofits, including trade associations.  During his 17 year tenure at Gammon & Grange, P.C., Obitts also created and sold several businesses, most recently a radio station that was moved from a minor market to a major market. Prior to becoming an attorney, Obitts was an executive with a national retailer.

Jason Miller

CFO
National Air Transportation Association