The National Aviation Research and Technology Park announced on Thursday that Sam Young has been named chairman.
Young, who is the owner, CEO and president of Tilton Fitness Management, has served on NARTP’s board for more than 10 years. He will be replacing Dr. Edward Salmon, who stepped down as chairman after serving in the role for nine years. Salmon will continue as a board member emeritus.
Young recently retired as a captain in the United States Navy Reserve after serving in a number of command and senior staff positions, including command tours in support of the United States European Command, Sixth Fleet, Second Fleet and the Center for Naval Leadership.
“I look forward to my new role with the NARTP, especially as it begins its next phase of development. Our growing relationships with research universities and aviation organizations such as the FAA, Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University and the National institute of Aerospace are a testament to the NARTP’s potential to help stimulate the development of an aviation industry in Atlantic County and the surrounding region. I am particularly grateful to outgoing Chairman Dr. Ed Salmon and Vice Chairman Dr. Anne Harlan, who is also stepping down after serving on the NARTP Board since its inception. They guided the organization through some of its most difficult and challenging times. If it were not for their dedication and hard work we would not be where we are today,” Young said.
It was also announced that Mark L. Loeben, a retired USAF major general, was named vice chairman, replacing Anne Harlan who will continue to serve as a board member emeritus, and Stephen M. Mazur was reappointed treasurer.
“As a naval aviator and officer, Sam has a unique background and valuable leadership experience. He will be an asset to the NARTP in his new role as chairman. With the recent addition to the board of Dr. Doug Stanley from the National Institute of Aerospace, David Sweet, a retired Boeing Executive and Lauren Moore, Executive Director of the Atlantic County Economic Alliance, the NARTP is well positioned to advance in emerging areas of research and development such as Smart Airport Technologies and Urban Air Mobility,” Salmon said. “I look forward to continuing my relationship as a Board Member Emeritus.”