Speakers

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Nel Stubbs

Nel Stubbs, Vice President, Conklin & de Decker

Nel joined Conklin & de Decker in 1999 and has been in the business aviation industry for more than 25 years. She consults with numerous companies and individuals on aviation tax-related matters at both the federal and state levels and has extensive experience in the areas of tax planning, cost and financial analysis, budgeting, aircraft…

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Scott “Scooter” Yoak

Pilot/Owner, Quick Silver P-51

Scooter is a 2008 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Campus with a major in Aviation Maintenance Science. While attending school at ERAU, Scott obtained his Commercial Single and Multi Engine Land, Single Engine Sea, Flight Instructor, and Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. In between all of the school flying, he built hours by banner…

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Hartley Postlethwaite

President, Red Star Pilots Association/President, FAST

Hartley began his aviation life when his mother earned her private pilot’s license while she was six month pregnant with him. Being “born” into aviation Hartley grew up flying the family C-182 and soloing on his 16th birthday. Hartley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995 and became a Naval Aviator flying the S-3B…

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Jim DiMatteo

Captain, United States Navy, Ret'd

Jim “Guido” DiMatteo, piloted fighter jets for more than twenty-five years in the US Navy. Logging over than 5,000 hours flying the F-14, F/A-18, A-4, F-5N and F-16N (the only pilot ever to do so), he was eventually tapped by TOPGUN, and was the first in history to command the adversary squadrons (VFC-13 Saints, VFC-111…

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Sam Graves

Representative, (R) MO

Congressman Sam Graves is a lifelong resident of northwest Missouri. Sam was born in Tarkio on November 7, 1963, and graduated from Tarkio High School in 1982. He went on to receive a degree in Agronomy from the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Sam holds an ATP and is typed in several…

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Paul Draper

Repair Station Manager & Director of Maintenance/Roush Aviation

If it flies, Paul knows about it. Paul has been with Roush Aviation for 18 years and manages Roush Aviation’s Merlin Engine Repair Station. This is no easy task as the complexity to repair these engines properly takes creating engineering solutions and a robust relationship with the FAA to keep these warbirds flying proud. Paul has…

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Sean Elliott

Vice President — Advocacy and Safety EAA

Sean joined the EAA Staff in April of 1996. After 4 years of serving as the Executive Director and President for EAA’s affiliate, the National Association of Flight Instructors, Sean took over EAA’s Aircraft Operations and Air Tours in 2000. As the head of EAA Aircraft Operations, Sean is responsible for the development and implementation…

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Doug Macnair

Vice President Government Relations, EAA

Doug Macnair serves as VP of Government Relations for the EAA in Washington, DC. He is primarily involved in the oversight and conduct of government relations, legislative affairs, aviation policy, and advocacy on behalf of more than 200,000 EAA members and the personal and recreational aviation community.   Before joining EAA, he held the position…

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Jack Harrington

Attorney, SmithAmundsen - Aerospace Practice Group

Jack Harrington Jack Harrington received his Juris Doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in 1986. He serves in an Of Counsel position to the Smith Amundsen firm in Chicago as a member of the Aerospace Practice Group. He has published numerous articles on the subject of aviation law, which have been published in…

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Jose Flores

President, Vintage V-12's

Jose is the President of Vintage V-12’s, a company that has been rebuilding WWII engines for over 40 years.  Jose started his career with Vintage V-12’s 34 years ago and together with his team has built over 450 Merlin, Allison and Griffon engines.  Jose’s plan is to keep the Warbirds going for many years to…

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Bud Wheeler

President, Allison Competition Engines (ACE Allisons)

Bud Wheeler is a master engine builder, FAA Licensed Powerplant Mechanic, and the President of Allison Competition Engines (ACE Allisons) in Latrobe, Pennsylvania where he has been rebuilding Allison V-1710 engines for some 40-years.   Bud got into the Warbird industry when contracted to provide the Allison’s for the Santa Monica Museum of Flying new-manufacture…

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Barry Hancock

Barry Hancock Founder/Chief Pilot Pilot Makers Advanced Flight Academy CFI/CFI-A/MEI

Barry has been instructing in high performance aircraft for over 15 years and has amassed nearly 5000 hours in that time.  His first experience instructing was as a warbird formation instructor.  As someone who has always enjoyed flying vintage tailwheel aircraft and been interested in improving safety, Barry founded Pilot Makers to bring back the…

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Warren Silberman

Manager, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute

Warren Silberman is currently the Manager of the clinic at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute. He moved from the Aerospace Medical Education Division where he was writing AME courses, teaching AMEs, International aerospace Physicians, and Residents in Aerospace Medicine. Prior to that he was working in retirement for 5 years as an AME and Consultant.…

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Mike Ginter

AOPA VP - Airports & State Advocacy

Mike Ginter is AOPA’s Vice President of Airports and State Advocacy, responsible for advancing General Aviation-friendly legislation in all 50 States and promoting, protecting and preserving America’s airports. He manages a team of 8 Regional Managers and almost 2000 AOPA Airport Support Network volunteers. Mike earned his pilot’s license as a senior in High School…

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USAF Major General Tommy Williams, Ret’d

Heritage Flight Foundation Pilot, Delta Airlines Pilot and USAF, Major General, Ret'd.

USAF Major General Tommy Williams started flying when he was 16 years old in Houston, Texas before attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. While at Embry-Riddle he participated in Air Force ROTC and after graduation was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force. While in the Air Force Tommy flew multiple fighter aircraft, including the F-15C, F-5E,…

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