RICHARD H. ANDERSON - CEO, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Anderson has nearly 20 years of aviation experience. He entered the industry in 1987 at Continental Airlines, where he ultimately served as staff vice president and deputy general counsel. In 1990, Anderson began a 14-year career at Northwest Airlines where he served as vice president and deputy general counsel; senior vice president of Technical Operations and Airport Affairs; executive vice president and chief operating officer; and from 2001 to 2004, as chief executive officer.
Prior to joining Delta, Anderson was executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group and served as president of UnitedHealth's Commercial Markets Group. He also serves as a director of Cargill Inc. and Medtronic Inc.
A native of Galveston, Texas, Anderson holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law. He and his wife, Susan, live in Atlanta.
JESSICA COX - The first female pilot born without arms, to fly with her feet.
When first learning to drive, Jessica was encouraged to use special modifications. Even after her car was modified, she decided to remove them and drive without. She holds an unrestricted driver's license.
As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, Jessica attended classes taking notes with her feet. At 25 words per minute, Jessica was able to type out her papers with a regular computer keyboard on the floor.
Jessica's greatest challenges are not the ordinary daily tasks required for her to live independently. Her greatest triumph in life stands far above any physical feat. It is her unrepentant regard for herself a whole person, her high degree of self-acceptance that gives her the freedom and power to insist that society accept her, too, just as she is.
VICKI COX - Air Traffic Operations Senior Vice President, Senior Vice President of NextGen and Operations Planning for the FAA
Cox has been Director of International Technology Programs in the Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering. Except for a year-long rotation to the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology as DoD Laboratory Liaison, she was involved in international R&D since 1994. She was the Chief of Physics and then Scientific Director of the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development, London, from 1994-1998 and was Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory International Office after that. Before that she managed a variety of R&D projects and organizations for what is now the Air Force Research Laboratory. Earlier, she worked as a Physicist with NASA, managing and operating space environmental effects laboratories.
JEFF DECKELBAUM - VP of Product Support for Integrated Defense Systems
As VP of IDS Product Support, Deckelbaum is responsible for charting the course for the Function to ensure alignment across all of the IDS businesses, which entails providing highly skilled people, processes, tools and functional discipline. His responsibilities include staffing programs, career development and training, application of best practices, deployment of common processes and tools, accelerating Lean+ improvements, and identifying synergies with Commercial Aviation Services.
As VP of Global Services & Support (GS&S) Engineering, he serves as chief engineer of the GS&S business with responsibility for the development, deployment and program oversight of engineering resources in GS&S.
Prior to this assignment, Deckelbaum served as vice president of Product Support and Engineering for GS&S. Previously, he led Special Operations Forces Support Programs for Logistics Support Systems and also served as chief engineer and deputy for Logistics Support Systems’ Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades.
Deckelbaum joined the company in 1979 as a strength engineer. He advanced through the Engineering organization, holding various Technology and Management assignments on the AV-8B, T-45 and Advanced Tactical Fighter programs. He also held positions in Quality and in the New Aircraft Products Division, now part of the company’s Phantom Works organization.
Deckelbaum holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University. He also holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University.
ROBERT FORNARO - COO, AirTran Airways
From 1992 to 1997, Fornaro served as senior vice president - planning for US Airways where he directed the company's route planning, pricing and revenue management and overall corporate strategy. Before joining US Airways, Fornaro held the position of senior vice president - marketing planning at Northwest Airlines. His responsibilities included managing Northwest's international alliances and regional airline partner relationships.
Prior to Northwest, Fornaro was senior vice president - marketing and planning at Braniff, Inc. Fornaro also served as vice president - research for Jesup & Lamont Securities, Inc. and director of future schedule planning for Trans World Airlines.
Fornaro, a native of New York, earned his bachelor of arts in economics from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, N.J., and his master of arts in city and regional planning from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Fornaro resides in both Orlando, Fla. and McLean, Va., with his wife and three children.
J.W. CORKEY FORNOF - Stunt Pilot and Aerial Coordinator and Director for movies
"Corkey" has logged 15,000-plus hours in over 287 different types of aircraft. He has been around the world with his flying abilities and has numerous contacts in this field. The varied skills and contacts that he possesses allow him to help your production capture the thrill and fascination of aviation in the safest, most cost-effective manner.
"Corkey" has flown low level stunts for every major airshow in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico and South Africa. He formed the first civilian high performance aerobatic flight demonstration team, using WWII fighters. He also formed and lead the first civilian jet demonstration team. Additionally, "Corkey" has worked as a test pilot and corporate pilot.
"Corkey" has been featured in every major aviation magazine in the world, and has filmed all over the United States, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, Argentina, South Africa, the Bahamas, Canada and Thailand.
CRAIG FULLER - President and CEO of AOPA
As president and CEO of AOPA, Fuller draws on his Washington, D.C., experience as assistant to President Reagan for Cabinet Affairs (1981-85) and chief of staff to Vice President Bush (1985-89). His business positions have included service as president or vice chairman of leading public affairs firms. His association experience includes service on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee and leading a health care association as president and CEO for more than six years.
Fuller earned his private pilot certificate at 17 and later earned his instrument rating. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in political science and earning a master's degree in urban studies from Occidental College, he joined the public affairs consulting firm of Deaver and Hannaford, founded by two principal assistants to then California Gov. Ronald Reagan, Mike Deaver, and Peter Hannaford. He frequently flew Cessna Skyhawks and Skylanes and Grumman Tigers to client meetings in California and Arizona. He later bought a Cessna 172RG Cutlass.
When Reagan was elected president, Fuller joined the new administration as the assistant to the president for cabinet affairs. And he flew his 172RG from California to the East Coast, ultimately basing the aircraft at AOPA's home field in Frederick, Maryland.
DOUG HINZIE - President, Chevron Global Aviation
Hinzie is a native Texan and graduate of Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He has spent 24 years with Chevron, working in engineering, operations, sales, product management, trading, marketing, technology, and corporate staff.
JAMES E. LOVE - Acting Director of Military Equal Opportunity, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity
Love graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and holds a Master of Arts degree in Personnel Management/Human Relations. His military education includes completion of Squadron Officer School in residence, the Air Force Professional Personnel Management Course, Air Command and Staff College in residence, the Air War College seminar program, and the Defense Race Relations Institute (currently the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute).
Love retired in 1993 from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. Among his several distinguished awards are the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Outstanding Unit Award, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Leadership Award.
Love is married and shares three daughters and four grandsons with his wife Beryl.
SONNY PERDUE - Governor of Georgia
As Georgia’s Governor, Perdue has led the state based on his life experiences prior to entering public service. Sonny was born on December 20, 1946, in Perry, Georgia, to a lifelong farmer and a classroom teacher. He graduated from Warner Robins High School and earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1971 from the University of Georgia. Following his service as a Captain in the United States Air Force, Perdue became a successful small business owner, concentrating in agribusiness and transportation. Today, those businesses have grown to include several locations across the Southeast.
For all of his success in business and public service, Governor Perdue is proudest to serve as devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather. Sonny is married to the former Mary Ruff of Atlanta, Georgia. The couple has four children and ten grandchildren. Additionally, Sonny and Mary have served as foster parents for eight newborns awaiting adoption.
Governor Perdue is also an aviation enthusiast. He is the holder of single, multi-engine and commercial fixed-wing pilot ratings and recently obtained a helicopter pilot rating in a Robinson R44.
KATHLEEN VASCONCELOS - Production Manager of AOPA Air Safety Foundation's safety programs
Prior to joining the Air Safety Foundation, Vasconcelos worked in AOPA's Public Relations department where she communicated AOPA's message to the media and general public.
Vasconcelos is a commercial pilot with instrument and multiengine ratings and is also an instrument-rated flight instructor. She holds a degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
PATTY WAGSTAFF - Aerobatic Champion and Air Show Performer, WAI pioneer
Patty's skill is based on years of training and experience. She is a six-time recipient of the "First Lady of Aerobatics" Betty Skelton Award, and a 1997 inductee into the Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame. In July 2004, Patty was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the National Air and Space Museum's Award for Current Achievement in 1994. Having received many awards for her flying, she is particularly proud of receiving the Airshow industry's most prestigious award, the "Sword of Excellence", and the "Bill Barber Award for Showmanship" Recently she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Air Force Association, was inducted into the EAA/IAC Hall of Fame and in 2005 received the NAA/99's Katherine Wright Award. Patty Wagstaff Airshows, Inc. is based in St. Augustine, Florida.
PEGGY WHITSON - first female Space Station commander and record-holder for the most planetary orbits from space
Whitson has performed a total of six career spacewalks, adding up to 39 hours, 46 minutes, more than any other woman. Whitson was born and raised in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, but considers Beaconsfield, Iowa her hometown. Whitson received a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1981. She then went on to earn her doctorate degree in chemistry from Rice University in 1985, and following completion of her graduate work, continued at Rice as a Robert A Welch Post-doctoral Fellow until October, 1986. She is married to Clarence F. Sams, Ph.D.