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Board of Trustees

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Composition of the Board of Trustees

There are 14 members of the Board of Trustees of the Carolinas Historic Aviation Commission. The Board oversees both the Commission and the Carolinas Aviation Museum. At this time, the Museum and the Commission are both all volunteer organizations. With no full-time paid staff, the Board of Trustees and other key staff members provide all the day-to-day management for the Museum.Members of the Board of Trustees have been selected by the Board from our membership, based on their ability and willingness to contribute to the leadership and management requirements of the Commission and the Museum.

The Executive Board is the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and a member-at-large. All members of the board are elected for three year terms.

Floyd S. Wilson - Chairman, President, Founder

In 1992, Floyd Wilson and his wife, Lois, founded the Carolinas Historic Aviation Commission, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.Wilson joined the U.S. Air Force upon graduating from high school. He served as a crewchief on F-100's and F-102s fighter aircraft during his time in the Air Force . After his discharge, he worked for Howmet and Reynolds Metals Company before staring his own building products supply company.An avid collector of aviation art and books, Wilson is a Life Member of both the Air Force Association and the Commemorative Air Force. He also is a Honorary Member of the WWII 56th Fighter Group.He has served four terms as Mayor of Richfield, NC, and is a major contributor to the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Member of the Board since 1991.

Jerry Shore - Vice President

Retired from the U.S. Army, Shore is general manager of the Ace Hardware in Cornelius, NC. Shore has coordinated the museum's fall events for the past 10 years, and also helps restore aircraft.

Member of the Board since 1993

Mark Schroder - Treasurer

Schroeder serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. A Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he is coordinator of the air shows and aviation events in which the museum's flying aircraft participate. He is an Operations Manager for Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. 

Member of the Board since 1999.


Wayne Morse - Secretary

Wayne serves as Secretary of the Board. He is a Manager for Communications, for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products Division. Prior to this, Wayne. Prior to this Wayne served in the United States Army, with his last assignment in 2004 being the USAREUR Public Affairs Planner deployed to Europe to plan the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. In this assigment he worked with White House, French Government and all networks to plan and execute the PA piece to the commemoration.

Member of the Board since 2006

Shawn Dorsch –– Fund Raising and Building Committee Chairman

President and Chief Operating Officer, Blackbird Holdings, Inc.

After a successfuleight years with JP Morgan & Co. in Tokyo and New York, Mr. Dorsch was part of the Wall Street team which started First Union (now Wachovia's) interest rate derivatives team in 1993. Since 1996, Mr. Dorsch has been the President and Chief Operating Officer of Blackbird, a multi-national financial services company.. During this time he has raised over $50 million in equity financing for Blackbird Holdings, Inc. Mr. Dorsch is a major donor to the museum and is an private multi-engine instrument rated pilot.Member of the Board since 2004.

Don Creason –– Aircraft Recovery Transportation Director

President, Creason Automotive

A former USAF Flight Engineer, Mr. Creason has been an active board member, providing leadership on many aircraft recovery and restoration projects. His company's large trucks and cranes have been most helpful on many of our projects. He is a significant donor to the museum. Member of the Board since 1994.


Rodney Dean – Legal Council

Legal Attorney at Law of firm Dean & Gibson, L.L.P. Dean serves as a Board member and Legal Counsel for the Museum.

Member of the Board since 2001

Dean Demmery –– Chairman of Aircraft Acquisitions and Director of Museum Security

Demmery determines which aircraft to add to the museum's fleet and is responsible for what is necessary for their acquisition . As director of museum security, Demmery assures that all Federal laws are adhered to concerning security on the museum grounds and museum proper.

Member of the Board since 2004

Brad Gibbs –– Director of Grumman OV-1 Mohawk Flight Operations

Senior Pilot, US Airways, Inc.

Mr. Gibbs was instrumental in starting our flying historic aircraft program. A leader in our efforts to get the Piedmont Airlines DC-3 from US Airways, Mr. Gibbs is now the director of our OV-1 Mohawk air show flight operations. He has been a significant donor to the museum

Member of the Board since 1992

Dorothy Schlegelmilch - Office Manager and Gift Shop Director

Schlegelmilch was License Coordinator of The Olsten Corporation, Westbury, NY for 30 years. After moving to this area, she agreed to serve as chairman of the museum gift shop. Under her management, the gift shop has prospered and become an integral arm of our museum.

Member of the Board since 1997


Scott Edwards - Director of Piedmont Airlines DC-3 Flight Operations

Scott Edwards is a pilot for US Airways.

Member of the Board since 2005

Les Young

President, Carolina Auditing


Member of the Board since 2006

Keith Brooks - Building Restoration

Brooks is a salesman of heavy equipment. He is in charge of restoration of the World War II building which was erected in 1941 on Morris Field, and upon completion will be dedicated to Tom Ferebee, the navigator on the aircraft which dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan.

Member of the Board since

Donald K Brown

Senior Supervising Engineer, Electrical and Instrumentation Section, Parsons Corporation

Mr. Brown has been involved in a wide and varied range of electrical projects for industry, government and the private sector.  He has been involved in all phases of design and construction from conceptual through start up.  Mr. Brown has done projects for such industries as aviation, food processing/handling, ethanol manufacturing, telecommunications, data processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, wastewater treatment facilities, basic steel making and power generation.  His client lists includes Department of Energy, Department of Defense, State, municipal and county governments, private industries, hospitals, laboratories and architects. Mr. Brown, a museum member since 1996, has been involved in aircraft recovery, restoration, special event planning, building restoration, air show coordination and frequently serves as a docent.  Member of the Board since 2005


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