North State Aviation Names New CEO

North State Aviation named Gary L. Smith CEO this week.

Smith was most recently Vice President and General Manager of the Wabtech Elastomers Group where he oversaw sales, operations and finance elements of the company. 

“I am very excited to be a part of the North State team," Smith said. "North State has achieved many accomplishments in its first six years. I look forward to partnering with the management team to take the business to the next level. Aviation is a huge part of the history of this great state and the opportunities are excellent for North State.” 

Smith received his MBA from the Bryan School of Business at UNC Greensboro . 

North State was introduced on January 27, 2011 and has now accomplished maintenance checks on over 600 aircraft at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem and Global TransPark in Kinston, NC. 

“We are very pleased that Gary has decided to join the team at North State Aviation," Al Bodford, Chairman of the Board and majority shareholder said. "Gary brings a wealth of expertise that will complement our group and enhance our continued efforts to build and expand our company.” 

The company was recently awarded the state's Small Business of the Year Award in 2015. 

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