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The National Small Business Association (NSBA) is welcoming in new leadership for the organization, led by Mr. David Ickert of Air Tractor, Inc., in Olney, Texas. Formally elected in late-November during the association’s Annual Meeting, Ickert underscored his commitment to promoting NSBA as the nation’s leading small-business advocate. Ickert has been instrumental in numerous small-business wins over the past decade and, most notably, was a key player on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
“David is recognized throughout Washington, D.C. as a thoughtful and straightforward small-business owner and advocate,” stated NSBA President Todd McCracken. “Whether testifying before Congress or participating in high-level meetings at the White House, his leadership and stewardship of small-business issues will be a tremendous asset to NSBA in the coming year.”
As Vice President of Finance for Air Tractor, an employee-owned business, Ickert has been instrumental in making them a leader in their industry. Air Tractor is a 40-year old company that manufactures agricultural and fire-fighting aircraft and exports just over half of all their products. He has made improving exporting opportunities for America’s small businesses a top priority and continues to be a leader on issues of financing, regulatory fairness and tax reform.
Prior to his involvement with the NSBA Board of Trustees, Ickert served in various leadership roles, including Chair of the Small Business Exporters Association (SBEA)—the international trade arm of NSBA—along with various other trade groups and government advisory boards.
Ickert will take over for Chris Holman, CEO of Michigan Business Network.com and President of The Greater Lansing Business Monthly who heralded NSBA through a period of ongoing economic uncertainty.
“I am honored to represent the hard-working members of NSBA,” stated Ickert. “The road ahead of us is going to be tough, with many serious issues such as deficit reduction, tax reform and implementation of the new health care law. I have every confidence that we will face these challenges head on with the pragmatism and nonpartisanship that has made NSBA America’s leading small-business advocate.”
Celebrating more than 75 years in operation, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S., and we are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. Please visit www.nsba.biz.