Air Tractor News

NSBA Elects David Ickert of Texas 2013 Chair

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Washington, D.C. – The National Small Business Association (NSBA) is welcoming in a new spate of 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.

“David is recognized throughout Washington, D.C. as a thoughtful and straightforward small-business owner and advocate.”