Board Chairman Steven P. Wathen is Co-founder of YAA and is primarily responsible for vision formulation and assisting in all aspects of operations. Steve’s interest in aviation started at a young age, and he earned his private pilot’s license in 1977 as a freshman at The Ohio State University. Steve graduated from Ohio State in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in administrative science, majoring in Aviation Management. In 2001, he joined with a partner to help him acquire an avionics company, now a full MRO known as Spirit Aeronautics. A passionate aviator, Steve currently owns and operates a Cessna 182, Cessna P 210, and a Beechcraft Baron. He serves on the National Committee for Aviation Exploring (a division of The Boy Scouts of America), and is a licensed private pilot, ground instructor, and holds both seaplane and instrument ratings. In his “day job,” he is the founder of Equity, a national commercial real estate company.