Commission

Comprised of seven members, each appointed by the Governor, serve six-year terms, five members are appointed from among Oklahoma's five congressional districts with the remaining two appointed at-large. The Commission is responsible for appointing the State Director of Aeronautics to serve at its pleasure. The current Director is Victor Bird, having served in that position since December 2002.
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Dr. David Conway

District 2 | Vice Chair| Term Expires 12-31-2016

Phone: (580) 380-3703

Dr. David Conway began his aviation career in 1973 earning his private pilot license while in USAF ROTC. Conway completed USAF pilot training in 1975 and went on to fly (instructor and evaluator pilot) in numerous military aircraft including the T-37, T-38, KC135, U2, and F-16 over a 20 year career. Upon retirement he completed his doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University and began his career in higher education as an Aerospace Education Specialist for NASA while at OSU. Dr. Conway taught undergraduate and graduate level aviation courses over the four years at OSU. A significant milestone was his development of the business plan for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine. Conway holds a private pilot, commercial, instrument, and multi-engine ratings.

Dr. Conway took the position of Director of Aviation Sciences Institute at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. During his tenure at SOSU he established the highly successful graduate program in Aerospace Administration and Logistics, and developed three geographically separated locations in Oklahoma City to offer aviation degrees. Under Dr. Conway’s guidance, SOSU achieved advanced accreditation from Aviation Accreditation Board International – one of two Oklahoma universities to achieve this accreditation. Dr. Conway was awarded several grants and multiple donations to advance aviation education over the years. Conway arranged for the donation of two new Cessna 172s from the Noble Foundation, as well as the donation of an aircraft from NASA. Grants and donations exceeded $4 million over Conway’s tenure. Furthermore, Dr. Conway completed several advanced training courses in higher education and crisis management at Harvard and Vanderbilt Universities. Dr. Conway has served the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission since 2009, is a past president for the University Aviation Association, is active in Rotary International and was conferred as a Paul Harris Fellow. He now has the title of Professor Emeritus of Aviation Sciences.

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Wes Stucky

District 4 | Chairman | Term Expires 12-31-2017

Phone: (580) 226-7042

Elected as Chair in May of 2017, District 4 Commissioner Weston “Wes” Stucky of Ardmore, is serving as chairman for the third time during his tenure on the Commission, previously serving in both fiscal years 2006 and 2011.   Wes Stucky of Ardmore was reappointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to serve another six years on the Commission. He was first appointed in 1999 by former Gov. Frank Keating and then reappointed six years later by former Gov. Brad Henry.  Wes is President of Development Management, Inc., a consulting firm assisting economic development agencies and private developers in organization management and industrial site development.

Since 1987, Stucky has been president and CEO of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce; Ardmore Development Authority; Ardmore Tourism Authority; and Ardmore Chamber Foundation, a unique combination of a public development trust authority, membership association and tax-exempt charitable organization. The Ardmore Development Authority also manages the Ardmore Industrial Airpark (Ardmore Municipal Airport).  Prior to his arrival in Ardmore, Stucky served as vice president for the Baton Rouge (La.) Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas City Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce. He also spent five years employed by the City of Shawnee (Okla.), culminating with a stint as city manager.

Stucky served as chairman for numerous organizations such as the Governor’s Economic Development Team, Governor’s International Team, Oklahoma Economic Development Council and the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives Association. He also served on the Governor’s Aerospace Task Force. In 2002 he was the first recipient of the International Economic Development Council “Leadership in Public Service Award” and is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the organization. He is also in the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executive Hall of Fame.  Stucky earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.

Michael Ray

District 3 | Term Expires 12-31-2019

Phone: (580) 338-4858

Michael Ray, of Guymon, was appointed to represent the 3rd Congressional District. His term will expire Dec. 31, 2019. Ray previously served as an at-large commissioner since 2010.  A private pilot with an instrument rating, Ray founded Nutrition Physiology Co. in 1994. The company is a world leader in the development and marketing of microbial feed additives for livestock. He also owns 5R Farms and Livestock, a commercial farming and livestock operation located in Texas County. Currently, he is a partner in both a ranching operation in Nebraska and a trucking company based out of Kansas.

Ray is a 2010 graduate of the Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Program and is a Guymon School Board member. He belongs to several professional organizations including the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, National Cattlemen’s Association and the Professional Animal Science Society. In addition, he is heavily involved with various civic groups such as Guymon Kid’s Inc. and is a member of the Guymon Church of the Nazarene.  A 1981 graduate of New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science, Ray also received the Animal Science Distinguished Service Award from Oklahoma State University in 2010.

Jim Putnam

At-Large | Term Expires 12-31-2022

Phone: (580) 739-2051

Col. James “Jim” Putnam (ret.), appointed effective 3/29/17 by Governor Fallin as an At-Large Commissioner, succeeded Joe Harris. His term is from 1/1/17 to 12/31/22. 

Putnam served over 27 years in the Air Force as a munitions and aircraft maintenance officer and later as a major acquisition program manager.  His experience included a wide variety of tactical aircraft weapons systems.  He retired as the host base Inspector General for Tinker Air Force Base.  He commanded maintenance squadrons four times, was a deputy group commander and twice took his squadron to win the Tactical Air Command Maintenance Effectiveness Award.  Putnam served in 26 different positions at 12 air bases, including three overseas tours.  He has led a wide variety of organizations from shop, branch, squadron, group, senior academic instructor, to division chief in two Air Logistics Centers.  Putnam retired from the Air Force at the rank of Colonel in December 1999.

Putnam then pursued a career with the Northrop Grumman Corporation serving 14 years in another wide variety of assignments dealing with logistics and program management. He worked with the F-18, a classified radar project, direct support of a Navy Test Squadron, and spent the majority of his time working on the B-2 Stealth Bomber program.  He retired from Northrop Grumman in December of 2013.

Putnam has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, and a Master’s Degree in Aviation Management (Summa Cum Laude) from Embry -Riddle Aeronautical University.  He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and the Air War College (Seminar, Outstanding rating), and of the Defense Systems Management University.  He has a Department of Defense level 3 certification in Acquisition Program Management and a level 2 in Acquisition Logistics.

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Dave Amis, III

District 5 | Term Expires 12-31-2020

Phone: (405) 200-1554

Dave Amis III was appointed to a new term that extends through December 31, 2020.  Amis has been on the commission since being appointed by former Gov. Frank Keating in 1997. Amis has been in the aviation industry nearly 30 years and runs his own aviation and sales consulting firm, Vector Air, Inc.

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Jerry Hunter

At-Large | Term Expires 12-31-2021

Phone: (405) 726-9900

Jerry Hunter, of Oklahoma City, replaced Tom Stephenson, who died in April of 2016. Hunter’s term will expire December 31, 2021.  

Jerry Hunter, founder and CEO of US Fleet Tracking, has been an innovator and technologist since the dawn of the computer industry. Beginning in the early 80’s, Jerry wrote the software behind a number of groundbreaking technologies, including public-access multi-user chat system, large-scale commercial deployment of bar code technology, deployment of handheld computing technology, two of the first wireless data transfer protocols, and the first system to transfer rich media (graphics, video and audio) between client and server. 

Hunter is the owner and CEO of Sundance Airport (KHSD, 122.7,) since December of 2012.

 

Kevin Potter

Distruct 1 | Secretary | Term Expires 12-31-2018

Phone: (918) 333-2921

Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Kevin Potter of Bartlesville to represent District 1 on the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.  Potter, who is president and general manager of Bartlesville Radio, will fulfill the remaining term left by former District 1 Commissioner Rick Armstrong of Tulsa who resigned in June to devote more time to his newly acquired business.  District 1 encompasses all of Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties, as well as small portions of Creek and Rogers counties in northeastern Oklahoma. Potter’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2018.

A licensed private pilot who has flown for 26 years, Potter and his wife, Dorea, have owned and operated Radio Broadcasting since 1980, which consists of four radio stations located in and around the Bartlesville area. Prior to their move to Bartlesville, the couple owned and operated two radio stations for 15 years while living in Monmouth, Ill.  Potter currently serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Broadcasters Association, Salvation Army and the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Foundation. He is also an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Rotary Club.  Potter played college football at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., where he also earned his bachelor’s degree.