Tim Obitts is the Chief Executive Officer at Alder Renewables, bringing nearly three decades of legal and executive experience to the role. Prior to joining Alder Renewables, Tim served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), a trade association of more than 3,700 companies. NATA represents aviation businesses from across the entire sector, including aviation fuel suppliers, ground handlers, FBOs, on-demand air charter, fractional air carriers, and MROs.
In this role, Tim worked on emergent issues affecting aviation businesses, including sustainability, often representing the sector before the U.S. Congress, the administration, and various federal and state agencies. Prior to serving as CEO and President, Tim served as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for NATA. Before his time at NATA, Tim was the managing shareholder of the law firm Gammon & Grange, P.C., where he served as counsel for numerous for-profit and nonprofit firms and led advocacy efforts with Congress and federal agencies on behalf of his clients.
Tim also served as co-chair of the firm’s litigation section, focusing on constitutional law, and was with the firm for nineteen years. He is a member of the bars of California, Colorado, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Tim is admitted to practice before numerous federal District and Appellate Courts and is member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Tim is a recognized thought leader on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and speaks regularly at events worldwide. He helped found and served as the Chairperson of the Business Aviation Coalition on Sustainable Aviation Fuel and the Council on Sustainable Aviation Fuel Accountability, a collaborative effort between business and commercial aviation. In addition, Tim served on several working groups inside the Federal Aviation Administration and on a number of nonprofit boards. Raised in Santa Barbara, California, Tim received a B.A., double major in History and Philosophy, from Gordon College, where he was All-New England N.A.I.A in Tennis. He earned his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from California Western School of Law.