PMOPA Board of Directors

S. John Granmayeh, President

John Walters, Vice President

Victor RivasSecretary-Treasurer

Ryan OltmanPast President

Tom ArnoldAt-large

Manny Casianoex-officio; Chair of PMOPA SEF

Kim CoryatAt-large

Mike Nichols, CAM, CAEex-officio; PMOPA CEO 

Steve Nunn, At-large


PMOPA Executives

Mike Nichols, CAM, CAE
Chief Executive Officer

Mike Nichols is the Chief Executive Officer of the Piper M-Class Owners & Pilots Association (PMOPA) representing the interests of owners and pilots worldwide who fly Piper PA-46 derivative (Malibu, Mirage, Matrix, Meridian, M-Class, and JetPROP) aircraft. He also serves on the board of directors of Volato, a fractional aircraft program, charter operator, and aircraft management company, and on the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board, chairing its marketing committee.

Nichols is the founder and principle of an aviation and business strategy consultancy, Flieger Strategies, LLC, and was a senior executive at NBAA where he worked for 18 years. During his tenure at NBAA, Nichols advocated for the business aviation industry on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule making committees, effectively preventing the implementation of onerous regulations while facilitating those that enhance safety and operations; directed federal and state aviation tax policy and education initiatives; successfully lobbied state revenue agencies, IRS, Department of Treasury and the U.S. Congress for fair taxation treatment of ownership/operation of business aircraft; generated significant growth in NBAA’s conferences and seminars and regional forums lines of business; and led the team that produced ABACE - the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition - an annual business aviation trade show in Shanghai, China. Along with other forward-thinking initiatives, he created and was the principal author of the NBAA Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation Program which was designed to lead business aviation operations towards environmental sustainability objectives.

A life-long learner, Nichols earned the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM), Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) credentials. He is an active instrument-rated private pilot and owns a Grumman Tiger aircraft. 

Contact Information:

[email protected]



PMOPA Committees

Audit & Finance Committee

Victor Rivas, Chair
Mike Nichols, Staff Liaison
Tom Arnold
Michael Bentham
John Granmayeh, ex-officio
Kevin Jennings

Don Kukla
Nicholas Theyer

Editorial Committee

Deanna Casey
Monty Chicola
John Granmayeh, ex-officio

Valerie Steen
Rob Finfrock, Staff Liaison, Editor, PMOPA Magazine

Events Committee

John Walters, Chair
Mike Nichols, Staff Liaison
Bill Archer, Airport Logistics
Tom Arnold, Keynote Planning
Heather Cannon, Auction
John Granmayeh, ex-officioDoug Hiltz, Malibu Aerospace, Exhibitor Experience

Ron Johnson, Airport Logistics
Bob Luhrs, Regional Events Program and AgendaSteve Nunn, Maxcraft Canada, Exhibitor ExperienceChuck Olsen, Program and Agenda
Paul Rekieta, Data
Chris Savage, Meeting Planner
Dave Schiavone, Concorde Battery, Exhibitor Experience
Doug Steen, First Timer Mentorship Program
Kathy Yeater, Golf Tournament

Safety Committee

Kim Coryat, Chair
Mike Nichols, Staff Liaison
Bill Archer, Training Lead

Ferenc Csatlós, FDM Lead
Hank Gibson

John Granmayeh, ex-officio
Gary Harland, SMS Lead
David McVinnie

Victor Rivas
Mark Spitzer, QRH Lead

Edwin Trautman


Web & IT Committee

Jason Gilbert, Chair
Mike Nichols, Staff Liaison
Ryan Oltman
Paul Rekieta
Dan Stevens
John Walters