SENIOR vice president, strategy & innovation, National business aviation association (NBAA)
Mike Nichols, CAM, CAE, is senior vice president of strategy and innovation for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). He leads the NBAA division charged with creating opportunities for emerging technologies relevant to business aviation, such as urban air mobility/eVTOL technologies; providing innovative strategy perspectives to enhance existing programs, products and services; and promoting a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within NBAA.
Nichols also oversees NBAA’s professional development initiatives – which includes leading the team members who manage NBAA’s professional certification programs – and provides overall direction for the association’s many educational offerings. His responsibilities include defining the vision and strategy for enhancing NBAA’s conferences and seminars, including 10 annual events, through an increase in attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and engagement.
Nichols first joined the association in June 2003 as manager of tax and finance issues. Subsequent positions included director of tax, economics and operational services; vice president of operations, education and economics; and vice president of operational excellence and professional development.
During his tenure, Nichols has served as liaison to several NBAA standing committees as well as the Operational Excellence Strategic Focus Team, and he led the team that produced the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), an annual trade show in Shanghai, China.
He has represented the association on many policy matters, including serving on the FAA’s Part 135/125 Aviation Rulemaking Committee and the Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment Aviation Rulemaking Committee. He also has served as an advisor to the FAA, International Business Aviation Council and International Civil Aviation Organization on various aviation economic policy panels.
Prior to joining NBAA, Nichols held positions at the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, Right Management Consultants, and the American Association of Blood Banks.
He has achieved several industry certifications, including the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM), Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Institute for Organization Management (IOM) credentials. As an undergraduate, he earned a B.S./B.A. in business administration/international business from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, studied abroad in England and interned in Germany.
An active instrument-rated private pilot for land and seaplanes, Nichols owns a Grumman Tiger aircraft and is a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Seaplane Pilots Association, American Yankee Association, AHS: The Vertical Flight Society and the American Society of Association Executives. He is a lifetime member of the Phi Chi Theta co-ed professional fraternity for business and economics.