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.

Kevin Potter

District 1 | Chair | Term Expires 12-31-2024

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.

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Dave Amis, III

District 5 | Vice Chair | Term Expires 12-31-2020

Phone: (405) 200-1554

Dave Amis III was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to a term extending through December 31, 2020.  Amis has been on the commission since being appointed by former Gov. Frank Keating in 1997. Amis was a former owner of the Oklahoma City Downtown Airpark and has served three times as the Chairman of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.  He has been in the aviation industry nearly 30 years and runs his own aviation and sales consulting firm, Vector Air, Inc.

Jim Putnam

At-Large | Secretary | 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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Dr. David Conway

District 2 | Term Expires 12-31-2022

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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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.

 

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.

Lindy Ritz

District 4 | Term Expires 12-31-2023

Phone: (405) 360-5731

The appointment of Commissioner Lindy Ritz was made to Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission by Governor Mary Fallin on 12/21/2017. Commissioner Ritz replaced Wes Stucky. Her term is from 01/01/2018 to 12/31/2023.

Lindy Ritz was named the Director of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City in 1997. The Aeronautical Center is the centralized service and support facility for the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation and home to more than 7,000 federal and contract employees, with an operational budget of $1.2 billion annually. Ritz has been with the FAA since 1979.

In 2008, Ritz served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regions and Center Operations in Washington, D.C., and as the Acting Vice President, Technical Training for the Air Traffic Organization. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and FAA Senior Executive Candidate Development Program, and has completed graduate programs at the University of Michigan and the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. She received a master’s degree in aviation and space from Oklahoma State University in May of 1999. She is a member of the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University aviation advisory councils.

A member of the inaugural class of Leadership Oklahoma, Ritz has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She received the Leadership Oklahoma Distinguished Graduate Award for 2000 and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Community Leadership Association in April of 2001.

The Air Traffic Control Association awarded Ritz the George W. Kriske Memorial Award in October 2007 for an outstanding career which has added to the quality, safety, or efficiency of air traffic control. She received the first FAA Golden Compass Award for Exemplary Leadership in September 2007.