Leadership

MESSAGE FROM THE CO-CHAIRS

Unbound by earlier paradigms, Exploration of Flight will be free to pursue with energy and imagination its fundamental purposes: To honor the importance of the aerospace frontier, to celebrate aerospace as a cornerstone of our culture, to guard against complacency, and to inspire future generations through aerospace education. These purposes follow the longstanding Wings Over the Rockies mission statement: “To educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present, and future.”

In pursuit of our mission, now is the time to build on past success. Now is the time to move ahead with plans that are visionary and bold. Now is the time to make dreams come true.

Honorary Co-Chairs

Harrison Ford

“We’ve got to encourage young people to be part of aviation if we want to preserve the freedoms and opportunities that we all enjoy.”

Governor John Hickenlooper

“As Colorado’s Official Air & Space Museum, Wings Over the Rockies honors a distinguished aerospace heritage marked by the very kind of discovery that Exploration of Flight will continue to inspire.”

Steering Committee

Mark Van Tine

Mark Van Tine is the former President and CEO of Jeppesen, a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services providing information solutions for global air, rail, and sea transportation. Active in civic and industry relations, Mark has served in leadership roles with General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and is involved in several organizations related to public aviation education. An active general aviation pilot, Mark earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Aviation from San Jose State University in 1980 and has attended the Harvard School of Business Program for Management Development.

Tony Mayer

Tony Mayer is President and founder of Captiva Resources, Inc., a Denver-based oil and gas exploration and production company, a well as founder/owner of ARTA Tequila, an ultra premium tequila with multi-state distributions. Tony is also a Trustee of the JFM Foundation and the Delisa and Anthony Mayer Foundation focusing on unsolicited projects in the areas of art and education. He is a 3,000-hour commercial pilot with a type rating in Citation Jets and has a rotorcraft endorsement. He graduated in 1985 from Denison University with a B.A. in Economics.

Jeff Puckett

Jeff Puckett — is founder of USAero, the Denver-based seller of new EXTRA and Diamond Aircraft as well as several lines of pre-owned aircraft. He is partner/CEO of the Jet Linx Denver jet membership and aircraft management company at Centennial. An avid aerobatic pilot, he also flies his own Cessna CJ3 and Bell 407 helicopter. Jeff is the first recipient of the Harrison Ford Legacy of Aviation Award and is a recent inductee to the “Living Legends of Aviation.”

Linden Blue

Linden Blue is Chairman and CEO of Spectrum Aeronautical LLC. Located in San Diego, he is also Vice-Chairman of General Atomics, whose Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) is the world’s leading producer of advanced composite unpiloted aircraft. Linden has also served as President and CEO of Beech Aircraft and as Executive VP and General Manager of Learjet. An accomplished pilot, Linden has logged over 10,000 hours as pilot in command and also flies helicopters and seaplanes. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Terry Combs

Terry Combs has over 40 years of experience in the aviation industry. Prior to founding IAS (originally know as American Cargo Handling and Equipment) in 1984, Terry established, owned and operated Combs Freightair, an all-cargo airline, and Frontier Commuter Airlines, a commuter passenger airline. He founded Airline Parts Supply Company in 1983 and has successfully managed several aviation companies in a highly competitive and volatile aviation and airport environment. Terry is a graduate of Yale University.

Phil Ecklund

Phil Ecklund studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder. During this period he attained his wings in the USAF and flew fighters for ten years with the Colorado Air National Guard at Buckley AFB. Not long after pilot training, he began a 36-year tenure with United flying domestic, Pacific Rim, and for a short time, Europe, South America, and India. He was a founding director of a satellite communications company and a satellite data company in Boulder where he still resides.

David Fetter

David Fetter has worked with global brands including Reuters, Fidelity Investments and Paine Webber (now UBS) as well as boutique wealth management firms, D.E. Frey and C.E. Unterburg Towbin. His efforts have notably improved the ability of independent, bank and insurance company owned wealth management firms to manage their businesses more efficiently and effectively.
Mr. Fetter is a scuba diver and an avid pilot, rated to fly the Citation Mustang single pilot. He has also served on a variety of Boards including the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Radio Club, The Morgan Adams Foundation (for pediatric cancer), Citation Jet Pilots (of which he was a founder) and the Wingspan Steering Committee.

Dave Hurley

Dave Hurley has over 40 years of aerospace experience. In 1984, he founded Flight Services Group, Inc., a corporate aircraft management company, and currently serves on the board of Aviation Partners Boeing, Inc. and Corporate Angel Network “CAN.” He served on the board of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for ten years and is now Chairman Emeritus. Hurley, who began flying at age 14 in a Stinson Voyager, holds an Airline Transport Pilots License, FAA Check Airman Authority, and numerous business jet type ratings.

Lynn M. Krogh

Lynn Krogh graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University and went directly into professional aviation. Early on, he held management positions with several aviation firms and, in 1979, co-founded International Jet Aviation Services, serving most recently as CEO. He was an instructor and eventually a senior captain for a major U.S. airline. Lynn has extensive flight experience in a variety of commercial and general aviation aircraft, including gliders and seaplanes. He owns and flies his own Cessna 172 for recreation and to introduce others to aviation.

Jerre L. Stead

Jerre Stead is Chairman and CEO of IHS, Inc., the leader in information, insight, and analytics for businesses and governments in more than 160 countries around the globe. IHS provides industry data, technical documents, custom software applications, and consulting services. Jerre began his career at Honeywell, Inc., and has also held significant posts with Ingram Micro, Square D Company, and AT&T Global Information Solutions (NCR Corporation). He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and of the Harvard University Advanced Management Program in Switzerland.

Jack Thompson

With a background in Engineering Science and Statistical Mathematics, Jack Thompson was one of three founders of JD Edwards and Co., one of the world’s top Enterprise Resource Planning software companies, where he was heavily involved in the technological underpinnings of software products. Jack has partnered again to create Silver Spring Networks, one of the leading companies providing the intelligent grid for utility companies. Jack is a private pilot and currently enjoys flying Cirrus airplanes. He is also an aerobatic pilot, having built his own Christen Eagle.

Randy Hammond

Randy Hammond serves as the Managing Director for the J.P. Morgan Private Bank high net worth segment, covering an area encompassing the Rocky Mountain States, and is based in Denver. He started his career in financial services with Merrill Lynch in Houston and has served in market and regional management roles in Florida, Atlanta and Los Angeles as well as in a corporate level Director role. He was named one of the ‘Top 100’ leaders in the industry in 2009 by On Wall Street magazine. Randy graduated from Millsaps College where he was a member of an undefeated football team. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel where he served as a flight leader in Desert Storm and graduated from Command and Staff College. He was decorated three times for heroism and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Randy is married with four children and resides in Denver. He currently serves on the boards of Legatus, Operation Homefront, Denver Civic Ventures, the general board of Seeds of Hope and the executive board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts.

Steve Strachen

President, Treasurer and Founder of Strachan Exploration, Inc. in 1984, he began his career in the oilfield as a roughneck for Goldrus Drilling Company out of Lafayette, Louisiana while a Junior at Occidental College. Stephen is active in the non-profit and philanthropic community, currently serving as President of the Colorado Children's Chorale, Chairman of the Director's Cabinet at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD in La Jolla, California, Chairman of the Library Board of Governors at Northwestern University and as a member of the Wingspan Steering Committee.

David L. Taylor

Dave Taylor is former President and CEO of Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., a 2,800-employee aerospace and defense company specializing in high-capability spacecraft, space sensors and instruments, RF and microwave systems, technical services and advanced aerospace components. In 2008, Dave was elected to the board of the Space Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing initiatives and educational endeavors that increase awareness of the benefits and importance of space. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

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