Board of Directors
Marianne L. Stevenson, President
Marianne L. Stevenson founded Strategy Aero Group, an aviation management and services corporation in early 2008, and serves as the CEO. She is primarily responsible for setting the company’s vision and business strategies.
Mrs. Stevenson joined the company from Applera Corporation, a Fortune 500 corporation, where she had served as Senior Manager of Executive Logistics since 2000. At Applera Corporation, she played a vital role in the coordination of executive level travel and safety. Before Applera, Mrs. Stevenson was with Air Transport International from 1997-1999, where she performed international operations within a Part 121 airline. From 1992-1996, Mrs. Stevenson preformed Russian linguistics aboard a RC-135 airborne platform with the United States Air Force military intelligence.
Mrs. Stevenson formed and serves as President of AERObridge, a NBAA-endorsed organization that coordinates private aviation assets during catastrophic domestic emergencies when traditional institutions require assistance.
Mrs. Stevenson received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1992 from Trinity College.
Noel Fournier, Secretary
Noel Fournier has worked in business and corporate aviation for more than 15 years. He is currently working for Air BP Aviation as a Business Aviation Sales Manager responsible for managing the sales for Air BP Sterling Card Fuel Program.
Prior to joining Air BP, Noel was the Vendor Relations Manager and Charter Department Supervisor for Avjet Corporation, one of the premier part 135 aircraft and charter management companies, with a fleet of 26 aircraft ranging from Gulfstreams to Westwinds. He negotiated, developed and managed pricing and logistical support for all domestic and international vendors, fuel suppliers, FBOs, and part 135 charter operators worldwide.
Previous to that, Noel has held positions as Charter Sales/Operations Manager for several aircraft charter operators. He began his aviation career as an Assistant FBO Manager of Redwood Aviation marketing and supplying fuel to corporate and airline aircraft operators.
During the Katrina crisis, Noel was one of the key coordinators in dispatching/coordinating flight operations for relief missions throughout the U.S.
Douglas J. Schultz
Mr. Schultz serves as Director of Aviation for Ross Investments Inc., a Corporate Flight Department in California. His past experience includes the positions of Director of Aviation for Applera Corporation, a Fortune 500 Bio-medical company that operated two large business aircraft worldwide, Base Manager for TAG Aviation in Reno, Nev., Director of Aviation for Prestige Air, the Flight Department for Broadcom Corporation, where he managed seven large business aircraft and a helicopter, Chief Pilot for Carolina Blue Air, managing three business aircraft. He also worked as an Airline Pilot for Air Transport International flying Jumbo Jets internationally and American Eagle, with scheduled passenger operations.
Mr. Schultz has worked as an Aviation Consultant for Global Crossing, Professional Jet and Disney/EarthStar.
He holds F.A.A. certificates as an Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Ground Instructor and Captain rated in four large business aircraft.
Mr. Schultz is currently on the Northern California (NBAA) National Business Aviation Association steering committee and is an active member of the NBAA (CAMC) Corporate Aviation Management Committee.
Mr. Schultz attended the University of North Carolina in Computer Science and received an Associates Degree in Aviation Management & Career Pilot Technology at Lenoir College. He is currently enrolled at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in the MBA Program of Business Aviation.
Stephen W. Patterson, Treasurer
Steve enlisted in the Navy after attending Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central High School. He progressed through the ranks obtaining the enlisted rank of Chief Petty Officer (prior to being commissioned) while stationed aboard various ships and submarines in places such as Mayport, FL; Norfolk, VA; Subic Bay, Philippines; Whidbey Island, WA; San Diego, CA; and Charleston, SC. While stationed aboard the Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN 658) in Kings Bay, GA, he was honored as Sailor of the Year.
Steve was one of 22 personnel selected from over 2,000 candidates for the highly competitive Enlisted to Officer program in 1987 and was commissioned as a Supply Officer. During his career as an officer he served as a Supply Officer with Naval Air Station Norfolk, USS Saipan (LHA2), Naval Station Guam, and finally, was based in Hawaii as the Logistics Policies and Procedures Officer for the Pacific Fleet Seabees before retiring after 24 years of Naval service.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree specializing in accounting from St. Leo University in 1993.
Steve was chosen as one of 40 Hampton Roads Business Leaders for the Leadership Hampton Roads class of 2000.
He completed requirements for a Masters in Public Administration from Troy University in December 2003.
Steve completed the applicable requirements, passed a comprehensive examination and was awarded the Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) designation in May 2010
In 1997 he was employed with Mercy Medical Airlift as a Program Director and subsequently promoted to Executive Vice President. In 2001 the Board of Directors selected Steve to become Executive Director of the Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic region and beginning in 2004 he concurrently served as Executive Director of Air Compassion America.
Steve is a founding member of Angel Flight America (now Air Charity Network). The Angel Flight America network provided charitable air transportation to and from distant treatment facilities for over 30,000 individuals in 2006. Steve continues to serve in the public charitable air transportation arena as the Chairman of the Board of Children’s Angel Flight and he also serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Health and Medical Research Charities of America.
Steve was selected for his current position as the Purchasing Agent for the City of Norfolk in December of 2006. In this position he is responsible for the procurement of approximately $200 million worth of goods and services annually for the City. Steve represents the City as the Chairman of the Norfolk Municipal Employee Federal Credit Union responsible for the oversight of administration and internal controls. Steve also represents the City as a member of the State Board, Chesapeake Bay Region, Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP). The ASAP board is a proactive board dealing with drinking and driving offenses within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Steve is the President of the Home Owners Association in his community and actively serves as an ordained deacon and current member of Bayside Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA.
Alan Klapmeier, who founded and served as Chairman of Cirrus Design until 2009, currently leads Kestrel Aircraft of Brunswick, Maine. Mr. Klapmeier also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturing Association (GAMA), and was its Chairman in 2008. He's also on,the AOPA Air Safety Foundation Board of Visitors, the Board of Directors of the Small Aircraft Manufacturers Association, and the Ripon College Board of Trustees.
In 2007, Mr. Klapmeier and his brother, Dale, received the Aero Club of New England’s prestigious Dr. Godfrey L Cabot Award for the advancement of aviation, and the Experimental Aviation Association’s (EAA) Freedom of Flight Award that same year. In 2006, he became one of Airport Journal's "Living Legends of Aviation" and was named Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year. Klapmeier also received the EAA August Raspet award, the Air Safety Foundation 2005 Admiral de Florez Award for significant contributions to aviation safety and accident prevention, and was Ernst and Young's 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year for Manufacturing.
While at Cirrus, he was responsible for the certification of the Cirrus SR20 and SR22, with the latter becoming the world's best selling aircraft for several years. Klapmeier has also been on the vanguard of incorporating new technologies into general aviation aircraft, including the glass cockpit, the whole-plane parachute system and in-flight weather information.
Mr. Klapmeier holds degrees in Physics and Economics from Ripon College in Wisconsin. He's been an active pilot for more than 30 years and has accumulated over 5500 hours of flight time.
Vernon Ehlers is a retired nine-term U.S. Representative for Michigan's 3rd congressional district, serving since 1993 until 2011. Educated at the University of California Berkely, Ehlers earned a Doctorate in Nuclear Physics, and taught at both Berkeley and Michigan's Calvin College before entering politics.
During his tenure in Congress, Ehlers served on a number of influential committees, including the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Aviation.
“Representative Ehlers has been an aviation enthusiast all his life, and in Congress he has been an outstanding advocate for the industry,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “He has long understood that all aviation, including business aviation, promotes economic opportunity, for the Grand Rapids area, where his Congressional District is located, but also for towns across the country. We thank him for his long-standing support for the industry, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Throughout his tenure, the Congressman supported key aviation proposals. For example, last June, Ehlers co-sponsored an amendment to bring the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to the table with industry representatives to discuss changes to the Agency’s controversial Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).
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