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Okstad named 2018 chair of Northern Aero Alliance

Vance Okstad

Northland aviation industry group Northern Aero Alliance has named Vance Okstad its chairman for 2018.

Okstad is director of talent acquisition and workforce planning at Cirrus Aircraft and a human resource advisor with the 148th Fighter Wing. A native of Proctor, Okstad is an Air Force veteran who has been with Cirrus and the 148th for 17 years, according to a news release.

“Vance is a solid choice for leading the NAA into 2018,” said Sue Boudrie, outgoing chair. “His experience with both Cirrus Aircraft and the 148th Fighter Wing will benefit the NAA members and industry partners.”

Established in 2011, the Northern Aero Alliance brings together more than 40 industry and agency representatives to promote the sector, which has added more than 1,100 jobs regionally in the past 10 years.