William (Wick) Searcy is a graduate of the University of Georgia, the University of Georgia Law School and Washington University Law School. He is a member of the Savannah Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association.
Wick is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key, Gridiron and Phi Delta Phi. He has served as President of Young Lawyers, Chairman of the Southeast Regional Special Liaison Tax Committee, Chairman of the Section of Taxation, Chairman for the Conference with the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and Vice Chairman of the Commission of Continuing Lawyer Competency. He served as Commander of the Georgia Air National Guard before retiring as a Major General.
He serves as a Trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation and the Starbase Savannah Foundation, Inc. He has served as Past President of Savannah West Rotary and the Voluntary Action Center of Savannah. He has served as a past Board member of the National Guard Association of the U.S. Wick is the senior partner of Brannen, Searcy & Smith, LLP law firm and Chairman of the Board of Citizens Bank Cairo, Georgia.
Wick and his wife Camille live in Savannah, GA.
General Shuler was born in Raleigh, NC. He grew up in Orangeburg, SC and Caracas, Venezuela. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and an M.S. degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. On 10 May 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Aerospace Science by The Citadel.
He served 32 years in the U.S. Air Force and was the Commander of the Eighth Air Force from March 1988 to May 1991. His flying career began in 1954 when he soloed in a J-3 Piper Cub. This would lead to his logging over 8,000 hours in 32 different types of aircraft. General Shuler was awarded his Air Force wings on 2 September 1960 and would log 7,650 hours including 225 combat hours in military aircraft. These included serving as a B-52 and F-4 aircraft commander. Gen. Shuler commanded two non-tactical squadrons, two B-52 Bombardment Wings, two SAC Air Divisions, and the Eighth Air Force. He also served as the Director of Operations for the Strategic Air Command. He retired with the grade of Lt. General effective 1 June 1991.
General Shuler is a member of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society; The Order of Daedalians, a national fraternal order of pilots; The Military Order of World Wars. The Air Force Association, The Sons of the Revolution; The Kappa Alpha Order fraternity and The Citadel Association of Graduates. He was selected as a distinguished Eagle Scout in 2007 and elected to the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame in 2010.
General Shuler served as the Chairman and CEO of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force from June 1992 to May 2004.
Buck and his wife Annette Fontaine Maury reside in Columbia, SC. They have three sons and eight grandchildren.
Brent E. Bracewell is a native of Georgia, attended the University of Georgia and received his Army Commission through the Reserve Officers Training Corp program as a distinguished military graduate in 1986. Brent went on to serve 26 years (13 Regular Army and 13 Active Guard) having the honor of leading the best soldiers in the world from the platoon level to the brigade command level, retiring as a Colonel in 2013. During his career in the Army, he served in Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom in Bosnia and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has successfully commanded soldiers at the Lieutenant, Captain, and Lieutenant Colonel level under both “imminent danger” and “combat conditions”. As an Army aviator, Brent had the privilege of qualifying and flying the UH-1, OH-58, C-12, and UH-60 Blackhawk. He earned awards from the Army Achievement and Air Medal to the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit.
Brent’s volunteer service includes leading the Men’s Ministry for New Hope Church which has a campus in both Fayetteville and Peachtree City, GA. He is an active member of the Civil Air Patrol,i where he serves as a Character Development Instructor mentoring and teaching cadets leadership and moral courage. He is the Vice President of the GA Chapter of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Historical Society, and is a moderator for the History Program for the Commemorative Air Force, Peachtree City, GA, Dixie Wing. Brent is both a member and long time supporter of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Historical Society and National Museum of Mighty Eighth Air Force, having no family connection with the Mighty Eighth but a life-long admiration and now a life time of friends who served in the Mighty Eighth. Brent is also employed as a corporate pilot for The Southern Company, flying the S76C+ Helicopter.
Brent was a single father of four daughters until he met and married his lovely bride, the former Jill Carnahan (of California) in 2011 and they became a family with six daughters. Jill is a career educator who loves history, exercise and shopping (not in that order). Jill and Brent reside in Sharpsburg GA with their youngest daughter, who will soon graduate from high school (2016) and join her sisters in attending college and pursuing careers.
John Telgener was born in Great Falls, MT. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Idaho, completed advanced studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a graduate of an Executive Management Development Program. He is also a recipient of the University of Idaho distinguished Silver and Gold Award.
John was employed by Pratt and Whitney, a company of United Technologies Corporation, in the firm’s Project Engineering and Customer Support departments where he became Vice President for Product Integrity and retired after 35 years of service as Vice President, General Manager of After Market Operations.
While in Connecticut, he served on a city Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and as an Incorporator and Advisory Committee member of a community bank. Since retiring to Savannah he has served as a Red Cross Volunteer for servicing military deployments to war zones, and as a member of Citizen Review Panels for the State of Georgia Juvenile Court System. He is a charter committee member of The Landings Military Family Relief Fund.
John has been a museum Volunteer since 1998, and in addition to serving on the Finance Committee has spearheaded the external refurbishment of the Museum’s B-47 Bomber and F-4C Fighter display airplanes, and the installation of the large American flag that flies adjacent to I-95 in the Memorial Garden. He was instrumental in developing a formal Museum Volunteer Guide training manual and continues to assist our Educational Staff with monthly tour guide scheduling and training.
John and his wife Penny live in Savannah, GA.
Scott W. Loehr is a third generation Floridian, having been born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. He earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and an M.A. in History, with concentrations in Historic Preservation and Museum Studies, from Colorado State University.
In his more than thirty years in the cultural-resources management profession, Scott has held leadership positions with the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex (Fayetteville, NC), the Augusta (GA) Museum of History, the Newport (RI) Historical Society and the Delaware Historical Society.
He is a past grants reviewer and evaluator with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as well as a Museum Assessment Program assessor. Scott has served on numerous non-profit boards, particularly state museum associations. He is a co-editor and author of local history books.
Scott and his wife Deborah reside in Savannah, Georgia.
Lt. Col. Doug Andrews, USA, Ret, served in the US Army for 22 years, retiring as a Lt. Col. His last assignment was as General Court Martial Judge for Hunter AAF/Ft. Stewart.
His military assignments included a tour in Vietnam with the 199th Infantry Brigade; 82nd Airborne Division where he earned his wings; Germany as a circuit military judge; the Pentagon as an Army Federal Litigation Attorney; and Army CID Command HQ as Chief Legal Counsel/SJA for MG Paul Timmerberg and MG Eugene Cromartie. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit with Oak Cluster, The Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and other awards.
Following his Army service, he prosecuted cases in the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office for 3 years and then opened his law office for private practice in 1991. Doug has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Juris Doctor degree from Emory University Law School in Atlanta, GA. Presently, he serves as Judge Pro-tem in various municipal and State Courts in Chatham and other communities.
He is known for his contributions to teaching lawyers, judges and police officers. Doug is active in veterans’ organizations, is a life member and past Commander of the George K. Gannam American Legion Post 184 in Thunderbolt, GA, The VFW Patrick Anthony Russell Post 4392, Chapter 671 of Vietnam Veterans of America, the 40 & 8 Military Honor Society, Military Officers Association, Military Order of World Wars, the Eighth Air Force Historical Society, Foundation Board, 82nd Airborne Association. He also served as Past Commander of Tybee Light Sail and Power Squadron.
Randy Bolinger holds a BS in Organizational and Resource Management.
Prior to joining Gulfstream Aerospace, Randy operated a successful marketing, strategic planning, branding, event management and public relations firm, which he founded, called AMPT Associates, Inc.
Serving the Aviation, Marine, Powersports and Transportation industries, his firm attracted such notable clients as Rolls-Royce, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Continental Motors, FLYING Magazine, Aerosim Flight Academy, American Legend, Werner Publishing, Ballistic Recovery Systems, Mooney Aerospace, and many others. In 2009 Randy authored a book on marketing, communications and public relations techniques titled Unload the Clip.
Prior to founding AMPT Associates, Randy was recruited by the Ministry of Finance of the Malaysian government to engineer the turnaround and successful sales of an aircraft manufacturing company the government owned. The depth and breadth of his unique background includes executive marketing, business development and public relations positions with notable companies such as Volvo, Suzuki, Bombardier, Cirrus and Columbia Aircraft.
Randy is a retired superbike roadracer, speedway motorcycle ice racer and is also an active instrument-rated pilot and aircraft owner.
Randy and his wife Susan live in Savannah, GA.
Robert T. “Bob” Buck was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; He earned a B.A. in Economics from Allegheny College. Mr. Buck was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant from Air Force R.O.T.C. He received his pilot’s wings at Goodfellow Air Force Base, training in B-25s. Including training, and flying T-29s, Mr. Buck accumulated some two thousand hours of flying time.
Following three years in the Air Force, Mr. Buck began a career in the steel industry. He served as Senior Vice President with LTV Steel Corporation for eleven years as well as Chairman of the Auto Steel Partnership of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), a group of all US and Canadian steel producers to the automotive industry. While with AISI, Mr. Buck oversaw the expansion of that group to include steel companies around the world, increasing the participants to thirty-six and working with the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), in Brussels, Belgium.
Mr. Buck and his wife, Sheila, retired to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. They have four children, thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Buck has been a docent at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force for more than ten years. Mr. Buck has served as President and Secretary of the Board of the Birthplace Chapter (Savannah) of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society. He is currently serving his third term as the organization’s Treasurer.
A native of Rochester, New York, Bill Cathcart retired from WTOC-TV in 2014, after 29-years of service, the last 24 as the station’s Vice-President & General Manager.
He received his undergraduate degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, followed by his Masters and Ph.D. Degrees from The Ohio State University.
He then spent 10-years as a Mass Communication professor at Western Illinois University, in Macomb, Illinois. Following five-years in sales and management with a television station in abundantly cold and snowy Austin, Minnesota, the Angel of Mercy, true to her name, brought Bill south to Savannah and WTOC.
Bill’s Savannah-area community involvement includes past-Board Chair of Pooler’s National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force, as well as a long-time membership on the Savannah-Area Chamber of Commerce Board, where he served as a past-chairman, and is its current Military Affairs Council chair. He is also a Board member of Savannah’s Union Mission, USO Savannah, and STARBASE Savannah, and a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Savannah.
Bill is the Honorary Wing Commander of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Wing here in Savannah, as well as holding honorary member status with Hunter Army Airfield’s 1st of the 75th Rangers; Hunter’s 3rd of the 160th Night Stalkers; and the 3rd Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade.
In 2013, Bill was selected by the Department of the Army to become the first Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for the Coastal Georgia Region, a position in which he continues to serve.
Dale Colter is the Director of Lab Test at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in Savannah Georgia. He reports to the Vice President of Engineering, Brian Durrence, and is part of the Programs, Engineering and Test organization led by Senior Vice President Dan Nale.
As Director of Lab Test, Dale leads the ground-based test labs comprising Structural Test, Systems Test and the Research Development Center Labs (RDC Labs), consisting of five different test facilities and more than 220 personnel.
Previously, Dale was the Manager of Flight Test for Gulfstream (Feb 2006 – Mar 2010), leading the G650 Flight Test program and the 120-person team of Flight Test Engineers, Instrumentation Engineers / Technicians, and Aircraft Maintenance technicians.
Dale currently serves on the Starbase-Savannah Board of Directors and has served in this capacity since 2011. Dale’s team at Gulfstream was also instrumental in the Mighty 8th AF Museum’s B-17 Restoration project providing both uniquely talented technicians and support from the Test Labs Prototyping and 3D Printing Lab.
Dale served in the US Air Force from Oct 1985 – Jan 2006, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His assignments included WR-ALC/Robins AFB GA; Auburn University/AFROTC Det 005, Auburn AL; AF Special Operations Command/18 FLTS Hurlburt Field FL; HQ Air Mobility Command/LG Scott AFB IL; Air Combat Command/36 EWS Eglin AFB FL.
His education includes a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University, a Masters of Science in Engineering from Mercer University, and Professional Military Education completion of Squadron Officer School and Air Command & Staff College.
Dale is married to the former Deirdre (Deedee) Colleen Bailey, an Upper School Business Education teacher at Savannah Christian Preparatory School (SCPS) and the Head Cross Country and Track & Field coach. They have two children, Ty, a junior at SCAD, and Jenn, a senior at SCPS, headed to the University of South Carolina-Columbia, on a soccer scholarship.
Fred Cuthbert retired in 2005 after a career in finance and investment. He was born in Philadelphia and raised in Indianapolis where he lived until retirement.
Fred received a BA degree from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from Butler University.
He enlisted in the U.S Army Reserves serving as a Medical Service Corps Officer. Fred also served the country for several years working on a highly classified project for one of the government’s top security agencies.
His career in finance began in Indianapolis with Paine, Webber, and Jackson & Curtis. He then worked with Boston Financial Technology Group before being recruited by Collet and Company. He then joined Goelzer & Co. where he remained until retirement in 2005.
Fred is an avid sailor, painter, firearms collector and enthusiast. He enjoys hunting and is a member of Broadfield Sporting Club in Camden County. He remains active in aviation holding a multi-engine, instrument rating. His spare time usually finds him engaged in one of those pursuits.
Fred also has been on the Board of Directors of the Sea Island Property Owners Association for 6 years, the Architectural Review Committee, and the Communications Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Glynn Visual Arts Association..
Fred and his wife, Patsy Mattis Cuthbert are residents of Sea Island, Georgia.
Dan DeGood is the son of an Eighth Air Force B-24 pilot who flew thirty missions with the 453rd Bomb Group / 924th Bomb Squadron.
He chaired the first “Bombs Away Sporting Clays Shoot” fundraiser which raised $19,000 and is the Chair for the 2018 “Bombs Away Sporting Clays Shoot. He also serves the Mighty 8th AF Museum as a volunteer doing the Mission and full tours.
He served as the Senior Vice President of Prudential financial in charge of Institutional Business Development. Responsible for Sales and Marketing-Increased revenues from $60M of new business revenue to $650M in 4-years while maintaining profit margins of 12%. A member of the Institutional Business Senior Leadership Team Responsible for monthly review of financial performance for 5 Operating entities.
Mr. DeGood is retired and has served the community as the Landings Association Board of Directors-Finance Committee 3-years; Forest City Gun Club Former Treasurer and Board Member developing their first budget for operating expenses; Board liaison to Capital Asset Committee; United Way of Coastal Georgia-Finance Committee Mediation Center-Active civil and domestic mediator; Former SCORE mentor-small business start-ups-providing advice on developing financial plans and marketing plans and has taught a monthly Finance course at Ft. Stewart for two years.
Dr. Harry Friedman spent time in both the US Army Reserve and US Navy Reserve, retiring as Captain. He has been published in many publications, including co-authoring “Memphis Belle-Dispelling the Myths.”
Harry is also trained in neurosurgery, with internships and residencies at University of Louisville and Duke University.
He is a board member and past president of the Memphis Belle Memorial Association, Inc, member of the B-17 Owners Cooperative, board member of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, an advisor to the National Museum of the United States Air Force and reached the rank of Eagle Scout.
He currently lives in Memphis, TN.
Ray Gaster is president and founder of Gaster Lumber and Hardware in Savannah, Georgia. He started the company in January 1985 and grew the business to four locations in the ensuing years.
Ray graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah with a B.A. in Business Administration. He finished college on the G.I. Bill in 1971 after having been an Infantry Captain in the U.S. Army and a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He flew the CH-47 Chinook helicopter, earning both a Bronze Star and Air Medals. He also served in the Georgia Army National Guard as a Captain and an aviator. He is a lifetime member of Savannah Chapter 671 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, a member of Vietnam Helicopters Pilots Association and a member of the 1st Calvary Association.
He is currently the President of the Executive Association of Savannah, Chairman of the USO-Savannah, Chairman of Provident Health at Memorial Hospital, past Chair of the Armstrong Atlantic State University Foundation and a former Chair of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He has served on many other local boards, including banks and community organizations, as well as state and regional business associations.
He has served as Chair of the Chatham County Republican Party. In addition, he is a founder and the first President of the Skidaway Island Republican Club. Ray has coached soccer with the YMCA; been a United Way volunteer; and a volunteer firefighter. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Savannah-South and currently a member of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club.
Ray and his wife Catherine live in Richmond Hill, GA.
Ed Hawie has been practicing corporate law since 1962, specializing in federal and state securities laws, corporate acquisitions and joint ventures both in the United States and in Latin America.
Ed holds a BS degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from the Boston University School of Law.
Ed began his legal career as an associate at Shearman & Sterling in New York City in 1962. He joined King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia in 1968 as an associate and served as a partner from 1970 until his retirement as a senior partner in that firm in 2000.
Since 2000, Ed has continued to be active in both corporate law matters and in various non-profit organizations.
Ed and his wife Sally live on St. Simons Island, GA
Peter Hoffman is Director of Military and Local Government Affairs at Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus in Savannah, GA. Before assuming this position, he was the Director of the Armstrong Liberty Center, a campus that focused on providing educational opportunities to military affiliated students.
Prior to joining Armstrong, Mr. Hoffman spent 30 years in the US Army, retiring as a Colonel. As an Artilleryman he served multiple tours in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 3rd Infantry Division. He also served in various diplomatic capacities during his career, to include attaché duty at embassies in Russia, Bulgaria, and Nigeria. He served on the US Military Delegation to NATO and with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, performing arms control duties in Russia, Ukraine and throughout Eastern Europe. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he commanded a joint task force that collected and safeguarded nuclear material and radiological sources.
Mr. Hoffman earned a BA in Political Science from North Georgia College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Cornell University. He attended the Marshall Center for Post Graduate Study in Russian and Eurasian Studies and speaks Russian.
With more than 30 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, Joseph Marinelli currently is the president of Visit Savannah, the destination marketing organization for Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island.
Prior to taking the helm of Visit Savannah in January 2007, Joe served as Senior Vice President at Experience Columbus, the convention bureau for the Columbus, Ohio region. Prior to his 10 years in Columbus, Joe served in sales and marketing roles for Westin Hotels and Resorts in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Washington DC and at the famed Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Now in his role overseeing Savannah’s primary tourism marketing organization, Joe and his team focus on attracting both the leisure visitors and conventions/meetings to the Savannah area while driving business to the more than 2,000 members of the Savannah Chamber.
Joe sits on the statewide boards of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, as well as nationally serving as Chair of the Destination & Travel Foundation in Washington D.C. Joe is also on the Boards of the following local organizations: the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, the United Way of the Coastal Empire and the Savannah Music Festival, and has been appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to a state-wide tourism oversight board.
Joe is a professional member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Professional Convention Management Association and Meeting Professionals International.
In his free time, Joe enjoys golfing and playing tennis and has a passion for the professional sports teams of his home town, Cleveland, Ohio. He and his wife Rene have a 16-year old son and live on Savannah’s Whitemarsh Island.
Cliff McCurry, attended Armstrong State College from 1966-1968 where he was a member of the basketball team and sophomore class vice-president. He transferred to the University of Georgia and graduated in 1971 with a B.B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance.
Cliff began his career in the insurance industry in 1970 and as a result of his insight and expertise, has attained positions of increasing responsibility, from his initial sales position to that of Chairman of Willis-HRH’s Savannah office and now Vice-Chairman of Seacrest Partners, Inc., one of Georgia’s leading insurance brokerage firms.
Cliff’s community involvement spans decades and he is widely known for his willingness to put in long hours for worthy causes. His past and present community and civic activities include serving in leadership positions on numerous local and regional not-for-profit and community service boards.
In 2011, Cliff was recognized as the UGA Terry College of Business Risk Management & Insurance Alumnus of the Year. A dedicated student of his profession, he earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation from the American Institute for Property and Liability Underwriters.
Cliff and his wife Kathy live in Savannah, GA.
Chloe Melas is an entertainment reporter for CNN, covering all things entertainment and Hollywood for the network across platforms.
Before joining CNN, Chloe spent nearly seven years at HollywoodLife, where she was a senior entertainment reporter. She launched the site in 2009 with Bonnie Fuller and has been breaking news ever since.
In 2013, Chloe became one of the co-hosts of VH1’s hit morning show, The Gossip Table. And prior to HollywoodLife, she was a news assistant in CNN’s breaking news division in New York. Her connection to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is personal, as her grandfather is Frank Murphy.
Melas is a graduate of Auburn University where she majored in Radio, TV & Film. She grew up in both Dallas, TX, and Atlanta, GA and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband.
Robert “Sandy” Miller is a native of Savannah who holds a BS in Civil Engineering from The Citadel.
In 1966, Sandy joined the 117th TAC Control Squadron and later served as Commander. He retired as a Lt. Colonel after twenty-four years of service. He gained his early work experience as an engineer with B. F. Diamond Construction Company, Sayler Marine Construction and Savannah Iron and Fence—where he served as President from 1980-1991 when the company was sold.
Sandy started American Building Systems in 1992 with Jim Turner of J.T. Turner Construction, and served as Project Manager on the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force building. He also operated American Building Systems as an independent company and built the 8th Air Force Chapel.
He retired in 2009, but has been very active in community involvement, including past President of the Rotary Club of Savannah, past Commodore of the Savannah Yacht Club, past President of the St. Andrews Society and the Savannah Scottish Games. He is also a former Board member of Savannah Electric and Power Company.
Sandy has been married for 33 years to Kit Kennedy Miller.
John O’Neil previously served on the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force from 2007 to 2015. In the final year of his term limit he was a member of the Board’s Executive Committee (EXCOM). John was actively involved in Museum sponsored events in the Atlanta area including the two successful fundraisers (Blue Jeans, Bomber Jackets and BBQ) and three events at the Atlanta History center. He was also involved in Savannah events including the Flying Fortress 5K (UPS Sponsored race) and the recent 20th Anniversary Museum Gala in May of 2016 (UPS Sponsored)
John O’Neil was born in Milton, MA. He earned a BS in Business Management from Fairfield University School of Business in 1981. He is currently the VP of Human Resources for UPS’s Global Workforce Panning & Strategy Group headquartered in Atlanta, GA. In this role John’s primary responsibility is for ensuring that UPS attracts, recruits and acquires the talent necessary to fill the over 434,000 Worldwide UPS positions. John’s career with UPS began in 1980 and has spanned over three and a half decades. John has held both operations management and staff level assignments for UPS in CT, RI, MA, NY, SC, GA, IL, Belgium and Atlanta, GA. Prior to his current assignment, John was VP of HR for UPS Global Supply Chain operations in North & South America, Europe and Asia.
John’s father was a combat Veteran of the Mighty 8th Army Air Force from 1942 -1945. His father served as a B-17 crewman (Tail & Waist Gunner) on the 95th Bomb Group of the Lt. Bill Owen Crew. That crew was transferred to the 482nd Bomb Group in late 1943 to experiment with the early “Bomb Through Overcast” (BTO) Radar platforms of H2S, H2X. John began attending Bomb Group and crew reunions with his father in the early 1980’s until his father’s passing in 2006. John has spoken at several meetings and events over the years on the history of radar’s use in the 8th Air Force and the first successful bombing mission to Berlin on March 4th 1944. John developed and currently hosts a website established in 2006 to the 482nd Bomb Group in honor of his father called www.482ND.org
John is a member of The National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force (Wing Commander), The Eighth Air Force Historical Society, the 100th Bomb Group Foundation, A Charter Member of the National World War II Museum, A Member of the American Association of Museums, and a Member of the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run.
John and his wife Susan reside in Snellville, GA and are the proud parents of three grown daughters— Meghan, Erin and Colleen.
Maj. Gen. Jeff Phillips has been executive director of the Reserve Officers Association since December 8, 2014. With more than 50,000 members, Washington-based ROA is a congressionally chartered corporation promoting the development and execution of sound military policy for the U.S., with a unique focus on the nation’s reserve forces.
Previously, Maj. Gen. Phillips formed and directed the federal sales division for Smiths Medical, a medical device manufacturer. His federal service includes civilian appointments as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, acting assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, and White House liaison in the Department of Veterans Affairs under President George W. Bush; and in the Congress as communications director and subcommittee staff director in the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Now retired from the Army, Major General Phillips last served as the deputy commanding general (U.S. Army Reserve) of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, VA. In this part-time position, he was responsible for ensuring that the Army Reserve’s requirements and capabilities were reflected in Army training and training doctrine. From 2011 to 2013, he served as assistant deputy chief of staff G1, the Army Staff section responsible for human resources. From 2009 until 2011, he was deputy commanding general (rear) of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA.
Maj. Gen. Phillips was commissioned in the Regular Army as a second lieutenant of armor in 1979. His has served in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Egypt, Honduras, Israel, Iraq, and Germany, as well as the U.S. He commanded an M-1 Abrams tank company in the 2nd Armored Division. In nearly 37 years on active and reserve duty, he served in operational, communications, and logistic staff positions from battalion through Army levels. His decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals and the Army Parachutist Badge. He shares in the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization while he served with them in the Middle East.
Maj. Gen. Phillips holds a master of strategic studies degree from the U.S. Army War College, a master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction from The University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor of arts degree in journalistic studies from the University of Massachusetts.
Trip Tollison is the President and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA).
Trip is the former Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah.
He received a degree from the School of Public and International Affairs from the University of Georgia. Upon graduation, he served as an aide in Georgia and Washington for U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. Afterwards, he worked as an aide to U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston in Washington and in Coastal Georgia.
Mr. Tollison is active with several community organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of USO Savannah, America’s Second Harvest Food Bank, The Rotary Club of Savannah and the Savannah/Chatham Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Mr. Tollison is also the Honorary Small Wing Commander for the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, and is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia.
Trip and his wife Tracey live in Savannah, GA.
Carolyn Wilson was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree. Upon graduation, she worked in the business world and the teaching profession.
She and her husband, Bruce, have been married for 53 years, he being a partner with Wilson, Hull and Neal Commercial Realtors. Having family interests in California, she is a Trustee in those interests and is the first woman to serve on the Board of the Independent Oil Producers Association out of Bakersfield, California.
In 2012, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the industry. Among her local activities, she has been past President of the A.G. Rhodes Health and Rehab Facilities Board of Managers. Having visited the Mighty Eighth Museum, she strives to help to further the mission of the Museum.
She and Bruce have two children and 5 grandchildren and live in Atlanta and Sea Island, Georgia.
Rep. Earl (Buddy) Carter
Mrs. Yvonne Brusselmans-Daley
Mr. Archie Davis
Mr. Robert H. Demere, Jr.
Mr. Richard D. Eckburg
Mr. Keith Ferris
Mr. Paul Grassey
Mr. Robert S. Jepson, Jr.
Mr. Al Kennickell
Dr. Donald (Don) Miller, Ph.D.
Dr. George W. Starks
Col. Gerald (Gerry) Von Bargen, USAF, Ret.
Col. Edward I. Wexler, ANG, Ret.