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 vertical flight trade show and conference. HAI HELI-EXPO produces over $1.5 billion in floor sales annually for the vertical flight industry and attracts attendees from over 90 countries. Under her direction she also leads HAI’s membership, sales, education and business development departments. And recently she managed the massive project to overhaul HAI’s 30 year old database to a new state of the art AMS, along with new LMS, registration, floor plan software, and website all done in 7 months from start to live.
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, technical services, fundraising, sales, and public relations departments.
Gebhart and her husband Ray reside in Frederick MD, are the proud grandparents of two adorable grandsons, and are also enjoying getting off the grid in their new RV.