AAA Executive Leadership Team
David PolanskyExecutive Vice President, Association ServicesView Full Bio
David Polansky serves as Executive Vice President, Association Services at AAA. In his role at North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, he has oversight of Automotive, Accounting & Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Human Resources, Purchasing, Corporate Services and Strategic Partnerships departments. He has been with the Association since 2016, most recently serving as senior vice president of Association Services. He also serves as a board member for AAA Life.
Prior to joining AAA, Polansky served as CFO and chief operating officer of Global Operations at The Institute of Internal Auditors, a professional association of 109 affiliates representing the global profession of internal auditing. In 2005, Polansky was CFO for a publicly traded human capital management software provider. His experience also includes the top financial post for Arnold Palmer Golf and similar positions within the hotel and timeshare business.
Polansky holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Central Florida.
- Advocacy and government, state and federal safety and mobility policy, new vehicle technologies, transportation funding and infrastructure, teen and senior driver safety, and evolving mobility issues.
- Featured Expert In:
- NPR, Washington Post
To interview Kathleen, contact Andrew Gross, 202-942-2079, AGross@national.aaa.com
Kathleen F. BowerSenior Vice President, Public Affairs & International RelationsView Full Bio
As Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & International Relations, Kathleen F. Bower directs AAA’s national-level public affairs activities for the 62 million member organization, including government relations, traffic safety policy and programs, public relations, association communications, community relations and international public policy.
Kathleen also serves as officer on the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s Board of Trustees, and oversees the day to day operations of the Foundation.
A 28-year veteran of the association, Kathleen has directed comprehensive public affairs initiatives to achieve AAA’s goal of improving mobility and enhancing the safety of the traveling public. During her tenure, Bower has guided the federation’s efforts to address distracted and impaired driving, teen and senior driver safety, automated vehicles, and represent motorists’ interests relating to transportation and energy policy.
Before coming to AAA, Bower worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to then-Congressman Bill Nelson. Bower currently serves on the board of ITS America, and has previously served on the board of the Public Affairs Council and on the University of Florida’s College of Journalism’s Public Relations Advisory Council.
Kathleen has a communications background, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida, and an MBA from George Mason University. She earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University in 2016.
- Travel trends, travel industry, cruising, air travel and touring
- Featured Expert In:
- Travel Weekly, Skift, Travel Market Report
To interview Paula, contact Ellen Edmonds, EEdmonds@national.aaa.com, 407-444-8011.
Paula TwidaleSenior Vice President, TravelView Full Bio
Paula Twidale serves as senior vice president of AAA Travel, one of North America’s largest leisure travel agencies. Twidale brings more than 35 years of experience to the nearly 60 million-member organization.
Twidale provides leadership and strategic direction for all of the association’s travel services. She creates and manages strategic alliances, maximizing relationships with preferred suppliers in an effort to increase member benefits. Additionally, her responsibilities include guiding the development of innovative technology solutions to support AAA clubs in the delivery of differentiated travel products and services to members.
Twidale most recently served as executive vice president of Collette Vacations, and was the first female board chair of United States Tour Operators Association, a nonprofit professional association that serves as the unified voice of the tour operator industry, protecting consumer interests. In addition, she has been nominated five times as one of the most powerful women in travel by Travel Agent Magazine.
Twidale holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rhode Island College. Additionally, she has completed several executive education programs (including Strategy & Innovation and Executive Leadership) at Harvard Business Continuing Education and MIT Sloan. In the community, Twidale is an active volunteer of Tourism Cares and supports breast cancer awareness. Previously, she served the Rhode Island Chapter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital and was a board trustee for Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, a non-partisan group that provides research aimed at improving state and local government.
Margaret Diego PittelkowVice President, AAA AutomotiveView Full Bio
Since 2014, Margaret Pittelkow has served as Vice President of Automotive, overseeing AAA’s roadside assistance, affinity programs and benefits, field operations, driver training programs, and engineering and automotive repair services and partnerships.
Pittelkow began her association career at AAA Wisconsin in 1990, where she managed the communications center and then became Automotive Services director. She joined AAA, Inc. in 1994 as a regional manager and later progressed to Emergency Road Service (ERS) director. In 2000, she was promoted to ERS network managing director.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and public relations from Regis University in Denver.
Jason HosaflookVice President & Chief Financial OfficerView Full Bio
AAA member since 1990
Jason Hosaflook serves as vice president & chief financial officer (CFO) at AAA. He has worked at North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization for more than 25 years serving in progressively responsible roles, including Controller.
As CFO, Hosaflook has direct oversight for all accounting operations, including financial reporting, tax, compliance, payroll, accounting operations, as well as Building Facilities and Procurement. In addition, Hosaflook serves as Assistant Treasurer for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Treasurer for AAA Life Re, Ltd
Hosaflook holds a Bachelor of Arts including the Post Baccalaureate Program in Accounting from Stetson University and is a licensed C.P.A.
Scott ParkerVice President, Strategic Partnership DevelopmentView Full Bio
Scott Parker was named Strategic Partnership Development vice president in April 2016. He has 18 years of experience in business development and strategy, most recently with the Walt Disney Co., where he served as Walt Disney Parks & Resorts global business development vice president before assuming the role of Disney corporate alliances operations and planning vice president. Parker earned an MBA and a master’s degree in international studies from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
Douglas KellyVice President & General CounselView Full Bio
Douglas Kelly serves as Vice President & General Counsel at AAA, North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization. He joined the organization, which serves more than 60 million members, in August 2020 bringing more than two decades of legal experience. Kelly provides strategic direction to AAA’s Legal, Corporate Affairs and Insurance Services departments.
Prior to joining AAA, Kelly served as Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. Previous to that position, he held various legal positions with Marriott International, Inc for nearly six years. He also worked in the Orlando office of the law firm Holland & Knight LLP, specializing in commercial litigation, and served as an adjunct professor of law at Florida A&M’s University College of Law.
Kelly holds a Juris Doctorate with Honors from the University of Florida College Of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Florida A&M University. He is an active member of the Florida Bar and a member of the board of directors of the Central Florida chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, where he previously served as the chapter’s president.