Tony Fiore Named Executive Director of The Ohio Aviation Association

Tony Fiore, of counsel, has been selected to serve as executive director for The Ohio Aviation Association (OAA).

Fiore brings more than 25 years of state government affairs and association management experience to the organization, including in his tenure as executive director of the Ohio Salon Association, and has provided government affairs representation to the OAA for more than four years as an advocate on behalf of Ohio’s commercial, cargo, and general aviation airports.

"I am excited for the opportunity to continue my advocacy on behalf of OAA and raising the needs of Ohio’s airports to the next level in this capacity," said Fiore. "Ohio is the ‘Birthplace of Aviation’ and the OAA has an outstanding track record of working to ensure that Ohio’s airports not only provide safety for air travel but are also equipped to keep Ohio an attractive place for economic development. It is my goal to keep the needs of airports front and center with policymakers."

Fiore replaces Stacey Heaton, who recently became southern regional manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ohio’s aviation industry has a significant impact on the state’s economy providing more than 123,500 jobs, generating $4.2 billion in annual payroll, $13.3 billion in annual economic output, and $29.6 million in aviation-related tax revenues.

Kegler Brown offers professional association management services through its government affairs practice, and its attorneys and lobbyists manage a number of associations, while also serving as legal and legislative counsel for national and state organizations. Fiore leads the firm’s association management efforts, serves as the firm’s federal and state political action committee (PAC) treasurer, and also manages the firm’s national lobbying compliance practice. He has been with Kegler Brown since 2011.

About The Ohio Aviation Association

Founded in 1965, the OAA is a nonprofit organization committed to airport development and safety in Ohio. Their mission has been to promote aviation by providing a medium for the exchange of ideas, methods, information, and experiences; to foster public recognition of aviation in Ohio; to promote and encourage better relations between airports, users, and communities served; and to cooperate with all organizations working for the general advancement and benefit of aviation. The association has over 800 members from over 75 airports and educational institutions, and over 40 companies. To learn more, visit their website.

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