Karen Gebhart assumed the role of Vice President of Business Development for the Helicopter Association International in 2011. She oversees HAI HELI-EXPO, the world’s largest annual vertical flight trade show and conference. Under her direction she also leads HAI’s membership, sales, insignia merchandise, trade show participation and business development departments.
Prior to HAI, Gebhart served as Executive Vice President at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. During her tenure at AOPA she ran the communications, convention, membership, aviation technical services, fundraising, sales, and public relations departments.
She holds a fixed wing private pilot license and has served as Chairman of the Board for the Women in Aviation.