Alaska ALPA Elects New MEC Officer

SEATTLE—- Leaders of the Alaska Airlines unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, International, have elected a new slate of officers to serve two-year terms. The Alaska Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC) elected Captain Gary Hansen as chairman and Captain Mark Bryant as vice-chairman. Captain Paul Emmert was re-elected to a second term as secretary/treasurer. All three officers ran unopposed and were elected unanimously. The new officers took office on March 1, 2003.

Captain Gary Hansen, a Seattle-based Boeing 737 pilot, is a 21-year employee of Alaska Airlines. He has previously served as an ALPA representative for Seattle-based Alaska Airlines captains. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, Captain Hansen flew for Braniff Int’l and Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (Cochabamba, Bolivia). He is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno. Captain Hansen resides in Reno, NV, with his wife Erin and children Alexandra and Wesley.

Los Angeles-based Captain Mark Bryant has been an Alaska Airlines pilot for nearly seven years. He currently flies as a Boeing 737 captain. Captain Bryant previously flew with Express One Int’l Inc. While at Alaska Airlines, has volunteered as a member of numerous ALPA committees, including the Professional Standards, Strategic Planning, Security and Special Representation Structure Committees. In addition, he served as an elected representative for Los Angeles-based first officers. He resides in Houston, TX, with his wife Janet and son Benjamin Wood.

Captain Paul Emmert is a 16-year Alaska Airlines pilot, based in Los Angeles. He has previously worked for Jet America Airlines, prior to its merge with Alaska Airlines, and has flown with the United States Air Force. Captain Emmert has served as the elected secretary-treasurer for the Los Angeles-based pilots; concurrently, he was elected secretary-treasurer of the Master Executive Council. This will be his second term in that position. Captain Emmert graduated from the United States Air Force Academy. He resides in Tucson, AZ, with his wife Gloria and daughter Kayla.

The Alaska Airlines pilots Master Executive Council is comprised of six representatives and three officers, who are elected from more than 1,500 Alaska Airlines pilots. The Air Line Pilots Association, International, is the world’s oldest and largest pilots union, representing 66,000 pilots at 42 airline carriers in the United States and Canada. ALPA’s website is