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MATA officers and directors are industry leaders who provide guidance and counsel to the membership.  The current 2022 officers and board of directors are shown below.


Mark Nelson, President

Hawk Aviation

Joe LaRue, Vice President

Prairie Air

Nancy Grazzini-Olson, Treasurer

Thunderbird Aviation

Kreg Anderson, Secretary

Alexandria Aviation

Bill Mavencamp

Wright Aero


Dave Weiman

Midwest Flyer

Dave Weiman has served on the MATA Board of Directors for many years in a variety of capacities. He and his wife, Peggy, founded Wisconsin Flyer magazine in 1978, renamed the publication Midwest Flyer Magazine in 1980, and expanded the area served from one to 12 Midwestern states including Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Midwest Flyer Magazine has grown from 12 black and white pages in 1978 to as many as 80 color pages today. 

Dave holds degrees from Metropolitan State College-Minneapolis (ALA), the University of Minnesota (BA), and the University of Wisconsin (MS). Dave was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in extension education prior to starting Midwest Flyer Magazine. He learned to fly in 1971 at Minneapolis-Crystal Airport, and holds a Private Pilot Certificate (Land & Sea), an Instrument Rating, and high altitude, complex gear and tailwheel endorsements. Dave owns a Cessna 182 Skylane.

Midwest Flyer Magazine is an award-winning publication, both in print and online ( National Journalism Award (National Association of State Aviation Officials, 2010), AOPA Presidential Citation (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, 2003), Aviation Business of the Year Award (Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association, 2000 and 2009), Award of Excellence for outstanding leadership and the promotion of aviation in the state of Minnesota (Minnesota Council of Airports, 2004), and the Blue Light Award (Wisconsin Airport Management Association, 1981 & 2005).

Joe Birkemeyer

NorthPoint Aviation

Mike Beard

Bollig Engineering, Inc

Gene DePalma

Executive Director

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