Kenneth Minor Mead

Title: General Counsel, Executive Vice President, Secretary
Company: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Location: Frederick, Maryland, United States

Kenneth Mead, General Counsel, Executive Vice President, and Secretary at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of public policy.

Mr. Mead studied at Southern Connecticut University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1970. He continued his education at the University of South Carolina, earning a JD in 1975, and starting as a senior attorney in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. General Accounting Office. In 1982, he rose to the rank of assistant director of the Office of Quality Assurance, a position he held until 1986. Mr. Mead then transitioned to a role as the assistant director of transportation, eventually becoming the director of transportation & telecommunications issues, where he worked for more than a decade, until 1996. After a brief stint as deputy assistant comptroller for policy with the U.S. General Accounting Office, he became the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1997.

As the inspector general, Mr. Mead worked through the terrorist attack of September 11th, 2001. He was tasked with diagnosing deficiencies in aviation security, and played a major role in reporting and tabulating those issues. Afterward, he was responsible for recommending possible solutions and methods for improving airport security to the U.S. Congress and the Secretary of Transportation. Through his career, he worked to prevent fraud and waste in government programs, testifying before congress more than 250 times. From a young age, he always liked government and appreciated the mechanism by which hardworking, dedicated individuals could rise to positions of responsibility and make a difference on important issues.

Mr. Mead’s propensity for public service led him to enlist in the United States Navy at a young age, where he served from 1970 until his honorable discharge in 1972. For his military service, he received a Meritorious Service Medal, and for his work with the U.S. General Accounting Office, he earned a Distinguished Service Award. He credits the late Senator John McCain as a mentor in his career. Mr. McCain confirmed Mr. Mead and was supportive of him at many hearings. In 2006, Mr. Mead started to work as special counsel to Baker Botts LLP, and in 2013, he became general counsel, executive vice president, and secretary of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Mr. Mead is a member of the American Numismatic Association and the DC Bar Association. He worked as comptroller general of the U.S. Domestic Accountability Board from 2001 to 2005, and from 1997 to 2005, he was a member of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency. In 1991, he graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Senior Managers in Government at Harvard University. In the coming years, he plans to sail to the Caribbean, and possibly pursue politics in 2020. As a testament to his success, experience, and service, Mr. Mead has been included in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in America.

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