Posted on June 14, 2016 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Kathy Knecht, an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program and currently a member of the Blue Blazer Squadron of Fighter Country Partnership. Ms. Knecht was assigned to the 607th Air Control Squadron at Luke Air Force Base from 2010 to 2012 and is a highly engaged and influential community leader.
Kathy has served as Executive Director of Leadership West, President of the West Valley branch of the American Association of University Women; Vice President of the West Valley Arts Council; and Founder of the Rancho Santa Fe Mommy Co-op.
Posted on March 11, 2016 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership: Honorary Commander Alumnus: Blue Blazer Squadron.
Doris Ong is a community leader and a longtime resident of the Valley. She originally came from Singapore. She is very involved in the arts and cultural organizations and volunteer charities which make a positive impact in the community. Doris is a Trustee of the Phoenix Art Museum. She was honored in 2008 as a Trendsetter of the Trends Charitable Foundation (TCF) and currently serves on the Board as Vice-President of Grants Funding.
Doris was inducted into the Honorary Commanders Program in 2008 assigned to the Singapore 425th ‘Black Widows’ Fighter Squadron. She continues as an alumni and a member of the Bravo Class, Blue Blazer Squadron (BBS) of Fighter Country Partnership and is now a lifetime member. She serves on the BBS Leadership team as Historian.
Posted on December 21, 2015 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership: Honorary Commander Alumnus: Blue Blazer Squadron.
Dieter Gable, CEO, TB Consulting
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Dieter Gable, CEO, TB Consulting. He is an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program and currently a member of the Blue Blazer Squadron of Fighter Country Partnership. Mr. Gable was assigned to the 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base from 2008 to 2010.
Posted on August 20, 2015 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Bill Pupo, Adjunct Faculty at Rio Salado College in Public and Business Administration. He is an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program and currently a member of the Blue Blazer Squadron of Fighter Country Partnership. Mr. Pupo was assigned to the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base from 2000-2002.
• Over 30 years in city management including City Manager of Spokane, Wash., Surprise and Chino Valley, Ariz.
• Currently Adjunct Faculty at Rio Salado College in Public and Business Administration
• Consulting to private business, government and community events
• Undergraduate Degree from Washington State University
• MBA from Gonzaga University
Posted on May 21, 2015 by Fighter Country
Darrell Wilson, Founder and Principal of Hilgart Wilson
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Mr. Darrell Wilson, founder and Managing Principal of HILGARTWILSON, and former Honorary Commander assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron, “Spikes,” Luke Air Force Base.
As Founder and Principal of HILGARTWILSON, he shares responsibilities with co-founder Ron Hilgart for the operations and overall growth and success of the firm.
Posted on February 25, 2015 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Mr. Charley Freericks, President of DMB, past Chairman of the Board for Fighter Country Partnership, and former Honorary Commander to the 56th Fighter Wing Commander at Luke Air Force Base.
As President, Mr. Freericks is responsible for strategic management and leadership of DMB’s Arizona activities. He has over 17 years of experience with the company, including executive leadership roles and overseeing master planned community and commercial development operations.
Posted on December 5, 2014 by Fighter Country
Daniel Ortega has been a Phoenix resident since 1981. He attended elementary through high school eventually finishing at Arizona State University. Along with his wife Chelley, he is raising two sons and resides in central Phoenix.
In Daniel’s professional career, he is a commercial real estate broker with Colliers International specializing in retail properties. Mr. Ortega serves on the board of Northrise University Initiative which is a non-profit organization that raises funds and institutional partnerships for Northrise University, the first private Christian university in Zambia.
Posted on September 3, 2014 by Fighter Country
Mr. Williamson has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and executive level experience, primarily in the financial and operational aspects of companies.
Specializing in accessing the Canadian capital markets for global investments, Mr. Williamson is Chairman of EPCOR Water USA, the largest private water utility in Arizona, a subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, with operations in Canada and the U.S. Mr. Williamson is also CEO of Nest Ventures L.L.C. with offices in Montreal and Phoenix.
Mr. Williamson is the founder and CEO of the Canada Arizona Business Council, a private sector group sanctioned by the Canadian Government and the State of Arizona to work on increasing bilateral trade and foreign direct investment between Canada and Arizona. On February 10, 2014, Mr. Williamson was appointed Honorary Consul for Canada for Arizona.
He is also a “Visiting Speaker” at Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a founding board member of Arizona State University’s North American Center for Trans Border Studies, a member of the Deans Advisory Council in the School of Global Management & Leadership at Arizona State University, and a Board Member of the International Committee of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
Posted on May 30, 2014 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Ricky Lyons, Conductor and Enthusiast, Champion. He is an alumni member of the Honorary Commander Program, and a Blue Blazer of Fighter Country Partnership’s Blue Blazer Squadron.
In 1999, Ricky commenced operations of Champion as a real estate development firm located and operating from Scottsdale, Arizona. He capitalized this new entity with a group of partners and a team who brought differing experiences to Champion, enhancing all of its experiences.
Ricky started his career practicing law with Witten Law Firm in Edmonton, Alberta from 1969 to 1983. As a senior partner, he represented Canada’s premier real estate developers, initiating and completing significant real estate transactions throughout western Canada. Projects included acquisition, entitlement, major tenant leasing, financing and (in some cases) sale of the projects. In 1983, Ricky and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to the formation of Champion, he developed several other projects in the Phoenix market.
Posted on February 22, 2014 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Jason Isaak, Principal, Policy Development Group and the Vice Chairman of the Blue Blazer Squadron.
Jason has worked for Policy Development Group since 1998 and represents clients at all levels of government – local, state, and federal. Prior to joining PDG, Jason served as legislative director for Congressman Jim Kolbe. During his nearly eight year tenure on Capitol Hill in Congressman Kolbe’s office, Jason rose through the ranks to ultimately staff the Appropriations Subcommittee on Treasury and Postal Service which Kolbe chaired. During his time on Capitol Hill, Jason was responsible for advising Congressman Kolbe on a range of issues including defense, education, currency reform, law enforcement, judicial matters, and immigration.
A Tucson native, Jason graduated from Baylor University and holds a diploma for the completion of the US Naval War College’s College of Naval Command and Staff program.
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