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Mark Baker

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
Mark Baker is a longtime general aviation (GA) pilot and only the fifth president in the Association's 78-year history of AOPA. Prior to his appointment at the Association, the Minnesota native served in numerous senior executive roles, including chief operating officer at Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, President and CEO of outdoor outfitter Gander Mountain Company, and Chief Merchandizing Officer and Executive Vice President for The Home Depot. Most recently, he served as CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corp., a leading retailer of home improvement and garden products. Having relied on general aviation for personal and business transportation for many years, Mark still prefers to fly low and slow in his Piper Super Cub, which he equips with floats or skis according to the season.