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Kirk was born in Colorado where his family is from, but he moved many times throughout his childhood and adult life. Along the way he got his Civil Engineering degree from University of Rhode Island, and attained his Professional Engineers license in Pennsylvania. Kirk is married to Rebecca for over 33 years now, and has two children Bridget (31) and Derek (29).
Kirk went to work for Kiewit Construction Company in 1979 and retired in 2014, 35 years later. During this time he ran 10 major heavy civil projects, started and ran the Florida office after Hurricane Andrew hit, and then ran the international Tunneling Group out of the headquarters in Omaha Ne. At Kiewit he joined the BOD in 2006 where he served until he retired. In 2008 he took over all the corporate operations and reported to the CEO where he ran a transformation of the company’s IT, Design Engineering, Estimating, Corporate University, Safety, Quality, Compliance, and many other corporate functions including the flight department with its fleet of nine jets.
Currently Kirk sits on several large and medium sized construction company BOD’s, a software company BOD, and he is on the airport Board for Sky Ranch Airport in Carefree AZ (18AZ).
Along the way during in his corporate moves, Kirk began pursuing his flying and ranching passions. Today he has 4000 hours of flying, his ATP multi with a 525-S type rating, Commercial-Instrument SEL, and his Commercial SEW ratings. He owns a 2010 CJ2+ and he flies a 2002 Husky A1B.
Kirk now resides in Colorado on his working cattle ranch in Westcliffe CO, and winters in Scottsdale AZ.
Marc Dulude retired as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rand Worldwide in November of 2014 after having served in that role since 2007 and where he also served as Chairman of the company. Rand Worldwide is a public company focused in the areas of CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM/BIM. Among its business units is IMAGINiT Technologies, the largest reseller of Autodesk products in the Americas and one of the three largest in the world. Marc was a General Partner at Ampersand Capital Partners from 2002 to 2010. During his eight years with the firm, Ampersand was a stage independent private equity firm that invested primarily in the industrial and healthcare markets. Spanning sectors such as information technology, software, life sciences, medical devices and specialty materials and chemicals, Ampersand had a broad spectrum of investments in almost every stage of development.
Prior to Ampersand, Marc was the President and CEO of Moldflow, the world’s leading developer of software solutions that enhanced the design, analysis, and manufacture of injection molded plastic parts, a role he held from 1996 until 2002. In this capacity, Marc directed all of Moldflow’s global operations from the head office he established in Massachusetts in the USA. Marc was the central figure in Moldflow’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) of stock on the NASDAQ market, an offering that was ranked in most every list of top IPO’s of the year 2000. Before moving to Moldflow, Marc was the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Parametric Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: PMTC), where he had overall responsibility for product line management of PTC’s products as well as the creation and dissemination of the supporting marketing materials and PTC’s marketing activities.
Marc has a B.Eng. and an M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University in Canada. Marc Dulude has served on the boards of numerous companies around the world including private and public companies.
Marc took up flying in 2001 and bought his first plane before he was done with the initial training. He went from that Skylane to a Mooney Ovation 2 then bought a Piper Mirage to move to a pressurized aircraft. He had the conversion done to make the plane a turboprop under the JetProp STC. Marc took four years off of flying and then returned to buy a TBM 700 C2 and then made the move to ownership of a Citation Mustang before upgrading once again to a Citation M2. He has a single pilot type rating for the Mustang and M2 as well as an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate for single and multi-engine aircraft. He runs, cycles, and swims and is an avid golfer. His grown children are out of the house and he and his wife, Carol, undertake golf trips since Carol is an accomplished player.
My name is Joe Fisher. I own and operate 3 New Car dealerships in Yuma AZ. I am married 35 years to Annie(a pilot also) and have 2 grown children Angie and John. We have 3 grand kids Demeri, Andon and Breven.
My aviation experience started in 1982; I purchased a Beechcraft Sundowner and earned a private pilot’s license. I told my wife that the Sundowner would be a great aircraft for our family and would last us for years. Well it lasted for about 6 months and was at least a dozen airplanes ago. We currently own and fly a CJ1, C182 and an AS-350/B3 Eurocopter.
Aviation quickly became my passion; I earned an instrument rating within a year. Then it was on to Commercial, ATP and Flight Instructor Ratings. In 1991 I sold my first Car dealership to pursue a carrier in Aviation. From 1991-1998 I Flight instructed, piloted a Corporate Citation 501 and 550. I was hired by NETJETS where I piloted a Citation 560 and a Hawker 1000.
Today I fly for me; I fly 250-300 hours per year and have accumulated over 10,000 hours. I hold a ATP MULTIENGINE LAND with type ratings BAE-125, CE-500, CE-525S, DC-3, COMMERCIAL, AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND & SEA; ROTORCRAFT HELICOPTER INSTRUMENT HELICOPTER. FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR; AIRPLANE SINGLE AND MULTIENGINE; INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE; ROTORCRAFT-HELICOPTER
In 1974, Tracy Forrest founded Winter Park Construction (WPC), which focuses primarily on time shares, hotels and apartment complexes in the Central Florida area. Outside of Central Florida, WPC performs as owner’s representative and construction managers (not at risk) with construction management projects in Myrtle Beach & Las Vegas. Forrest has grown the company into one of the Engineering News-Record’s 400 largest General Contractors in the U.S. and one of the top 200 largest privately owned companies in Florida. A partnership of four key executives, in addition to Forrest, are currently acquiring the assets and ongoing operations of WPC. In addition to WPC, Forrest is involved in development, property management, banking and aviation facilities.
Forrest is a current member of the World Presidents’ Organization and former member of Young Presidents’ Organization. He sits on the Board of Directors for Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College in Winter Park, and the President’s Council of Experimental Aircraft Association, is a partner and Director for the Old Florida National Bank and is a member of the Florida Citrus Sports Association. Forrest attended the University of Central Florida, Orange Coast College in Santa Ana, Calif. and the Harvard Business School in Boston. Forrest is an active pilot with an ATP Rating in both SE Land & Sea and ME Land and is typed in the CE-500, CE-510S, CE-525S, CE-650 and FO-5.
Dr. Russell Boyd hails from Paris, Tennessee where his family has roots reaching back to the early 19th Century. Dr. Boyd left Paris for Washington University in St. Louis where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. He then matriculated to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and obtained his Medical Degree. While on the organ transplant service during his surgical residency at the University of Tennessee Dr. Boyd was first introduced to the wonder of aviation travelling on life flights to procure organs.
After his residency Dr. Boyd returned to his home town of Paris where he established his practice in General and Cosmetic Surgery. He has served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Henry County’s regional medical center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was elected as a regional governor in the College. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He serves as teaching faculty for the Academy and has been designated as a Master Surgeon. He heads a firm that provides medical consulting and management services to physicians and ambulatory surgery centers. In addition to his medical pursuits, he operates a business that sells and finances portable buildings across the south.
Paris is a rural Tennessee town situated two and a half hours from commercial airline service. It became obvious early on that the growth of his business interests would be impossible without general aviation. In 1999, Dr. Boyd partnered in a King Air B100 professionally flown by a retired naval flight instructor who encouraged him to pursue a private pilot’s license. Dr. Boyd has since obtained his Instrument, Multi-Engine Land, Commercial and ATP with C510S and C525S type ratings. He currently owns and operates at CJ2+ and has accumulated 2400 flight hours with a personal emphasis on safety and training in an effort to dispute the image of the “unsafe doctor pilot.”
Dr. Boyd plays guitar and has performed on Beale Street in Memphis and Music Row in Nashville. He has had the honor of singing the National Anthem for the Atlanta Braves on opening weekend. He is a PADI certified scuba diver, an amateur glass blower, and a student of French language and culture. He is a sports enthusiast and participates in field trials with his two Tennessee walking horses. He is most proud to have shared these experiences with Amy, his wife of 20 years, and their two teenage children.
Bernhard Fragner is the CEO and founder of GlobeAir AG.
A passionate aviator himself, Bernhard is a strong believer in revolutionizing short-haul travelling by applying an air taxi model, maximising aircraft utilization and building strong IT support. However, his main focus is on customer service. With this in mind, it is not surprising that GlobeAir, which is headquartered in Austria, was one of the first movers in the air taxi business. Since early 2011 the business jet airline has been operating the world’s largest homogeneous fleet of Cessna Citation Mustang, currently counting 10 planes with serious plans in place to ramp up to 15 aircraft in 2014.
Bernhard is driven by his personal mantra ‘Passion into Profession’ and pushes his team to new limits each day, making sure particularly customer service – one of the main pillars of GlobeAir’s business model – is performed with extreme precision and care to exceed clients wishes & expectations. He has become a very active and valued member of the entry light jet community.
Together with his partners Claudio Bruno (COO) and Mauro De Rosa (CMO) Bernhard has managed to position GlobeAir as an innovative market leader in Europe, providing clients with a newly enriched experience in customer care.
Bernhard graduated as a civil engineer in mechanical plant design from Vienna University and received an MBA in aviation management from the Blue Danube University in Linz, Austria. Furthermore, Bernhard holds an ATPL license, including a type instructor endorsement and an EASA FCL type rating examiner authorization. After having worked as a commercial director in industrial plant design for several years he was trained in all EASA post holder management positions at mainly JAAT in The Netherlands.
Bernhard currently resides in upper Austria with his wife Linda and their daughter Angelina.
Randy is a native of Texas and was raised on a small farm and ranch northeast of Dallas. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University as well as an MBA from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. He joined ExxonMobil in 1979 and is currently the Regional Vice President for Africa for the ExxonMobil Production Company where he oversees all operating and business performance matters in African countries where ExxonMobil produces hydrocarbons. Over his 36 year career, he and his wife, Cindy, have lived in Texas, Kansas, Alberta, and Nigeria. That said, Randy completed his private license while in high school and has owned an airplane longer than he's owned a home.
Randy and Cindy recently upgraded to a CJ2+ from a CJ1+. He’s accumulated about 250 hours between the two models out of about 2500 hours TT. He completed his multi-engine rating simultaneously with his C525 type rating after buying their CJ1+. Prior to the CJ1+, Randy accumulated about 500 hours in a TBM 850 with mostly Mooney's and Bonanza's making up the balance of his flying experience.
They have one daughter, son-in-law, and one granddaughter who also live in Houston and are regular Citation passengers. In addition, Randy and Cindy are advanced scuba-divers and enjoy hiking, travel, other cultures, art, automobiles, and good food, wine & conversation!
Chick’s background is in engineering, construction and development.
Having begun his career after college in the highway and bridge business and then founding a commercial design-build firm, which was sold after 15 years. He then became the EVP/Chief Operating Officer, stockholder and board member of a large Architectural, Engineering and Environmental design firm based in the southeast
In 1998 Chick joined a college friend in purchasing a central Florida based production home building firm. During the next 7 years, they doubled the size of the firm from approximately 300 homes per year to over 600 and then sold the firm to a large, publicly held production home builder.
Chick then retired for 8 years, but during retirement invested as a venture capitalist in some small, innovative manufacturers and serves on their boards. Gregg also continued to be involved with his partners in Commercial real estate and retail strip centers.
Gregg then, along with a partner, purchased an existing 135 certificate holder and began regular by-the-seat services to the Bahamas and the Florida Keys out of KSFB, along with charter services using his Mustang.
Gregg is currently on the Florida Hospital for Children’s Foundation Board, The Crummer Business School Board of Overseers at Rollins College and formerly a member of the Board of Trustees of Seminole State College. Gregg is a Life Member of the EAA and the AOPA and serves on the President’s Council of the AOPA.
He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Civil Engineering and then the Roy E. Crummer School of Business at Rollins College with an MBA.
Gregg is an active pilot and has been flying for 39 years, with an ATP Rating in ME Land and is typed in the C-510.
Mr. Talley is the founder and Chairman of Nuvio, a cloud computing company located in Southern California. Additionally, he is the founder of JetFuelX, a fuel analytics company that reduces operating costs for turbine operators. Prior to Nuvio, he founded and operated multiple technology companies in Internet infrastructure and computational computing. Mr. Talley currently serves as the Chairman of Bakers Burgers, Inc., and has served on multiple boards including Angel Flight West and Bendix-King.
Mr. Talley received his B.S. in Mathematics from MSSU, his J.D. from the University of Missouri and is licensed to practice law in California, Missouri and Kansas. Mr. Talley is an Airline Transport rated pilot and a Certified Multi-Engine Instrument Flight Instructor. He currently flies a Citation Mustang and Citabria. He lives in San Clemente with his wife of 17 years and their two boys.
Mr. Abood is an investor. Currently, he sits on the board of directors of New Leaf Travel Company, a Canadian ultra low cost air fare provider, and Titan CNG, an energy company which sells compressed natural gas to commercial vehicles. From 1994 to 2014, Mr. Abood was an owner and Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Dougherty Financial Group LLC. His principal responsibilities included leadership and management of DFG’s investment advisory business division and supervision of its legal, compliance and human resources departments. Prior to 1994, Mr. Abood was an associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Mr. Abood is Chair of the Archdiocesan Finance Counsel of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Chair of the board of governors of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Chair of the governance committee and a member of the board of directors of MacPhail Center for Music and President and Governor, The Minikahda Club. Mr. Abood is a past director and Chair of the Board of the Minnesota Children’s Museum and a past director of the Notre Dame Club of Minnesota.
Mr. Abood is an active pilot and aviation enthusiast. He has 3000 hours and has operated and flown four aircraft of his own, a Beech Bonanza, Beech Baron, Beech King Air and a Citation CJ2. He is a lifetime member of the American Bonanza Society and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Mr. Abood was raised in Lansing, Michigan, received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude and his BBA from the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude.
David Miller was Chairman, President and CEO of Auto Wax Company, Inc., in Dallas for 30 years until selling the company to ITW, Inc., in 2005. Since then, Miller has focused his efforts as a volunteer partner of Dallas Social Venture Partners, developing effective boards for start-up nonprofits. He is also a volunteer pilot for Lighthawk, in which he flies endangered species to release points in North America.
Miller has an ATP rating and has accumulated over 5,000 hours. In addition, he has type ratings in the Sabre 40/60 (NA265), Falcon 10/50 (DA 10 and DA 50) and Mustang 510S.
Miller is a former board chair and life trustee of The Lamplighter School, Oak Hill Academy and an advisor to Greenhill School in Dallas. Miller writes monthly columns in Twin and Turbine magazine and Citation Jet Pilots magazine and speaks on aviation topics. Miller and his wife Patty have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Roxanne Howell was named Vice President of North American Service Centers for Textron Aviation in June 2018. Equipped with more than 20 years of expertise that spans operations and customer service, Howell oversees Textron Aviation’s 11 U.S-based company-owned service centers that perform maintenance, modification and repairs on Citation, King Air and Hawker aircraft.
Joining Textron Aviation in 1990, Howell began her career as an Interior Installer at Cessna and progressed within the organization where she held key leadership roles across Customer Service in Product Support, Parts Distribution, Warranty Administration and the Wichita Service Center. Before moving into her current position, Roxanne gained vital operations expertise within the Integrated Supply Chain organization, where she was Director, Assembly Operations and was responsible for all of Textron Aviation’s west campus assembly.
Roxanne graduated from Friends University with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt, as well as a graduate of the Textron Executive Leadership Program from the University of North Carolina and sits on the board of Citation Jet Pilot Association. Roxanne and her husband reside in the Wichita area and have three children.
Mr. Sperley is a Vice President at Textron Aviation, Inc., where he has leadership responsibility for both new and pre-owned aircraft sales in the northern U.S. and Canada. Steve began his Textron career in 2005 at Textron Financial, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility.
Steve learned to fly from his grandfather and currently holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate with experience in all recent production Citation’s. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Portland State University.
Steve currently resides in Oregon with his wife Myra, two young daughters, and two permanently adolescent dogs. Together they enjoy snow sports, hiking, horses, and fly-fishing.
Cyrus Sigari is co-founder and President of jetAVIVA, an industry leading light jet sales/acquisition, training, and delivery firm based in Santa Monica, Calif. In 2011, jetAVIVA was ranked the #1 light jet sales/acquisition firm with over 40 light jets bought and sold within the year. Prior to co-founding jetAVIVA, Sigari served as a propulsion systems engineer on the initial design team for the Eclipse 500 jet.
Sigari is a type rated instructor pilot in the Citation Mustang, Citation CJ series, Embraer Phenom 100 and Eclipse 500 jets. Sigari is also a graduate of Purdue University's Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering program, an experienced acceptance test pilot and nationally ranked competitive aerobatic pilot.
Sigari is a sought after aviation author with articles having been published in AOPA Pilot, CJ Magazine, Twin & Turbine, Plane & Pilot, Aviation International News and Pilot Journal magazines. He has also been asked to speak on the light jet market at AOPA's annual national conventions, NBAA annual national conventions and the CJP annual national conventions. In addition to his board of director duties for CJP, Sigari is the Regional Event Coordinator and serves on the membership committee. Sigari is also scheduled to go to outer space onboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two in 2014.