2020 CAF General Membership Meeting Information
The CAF Nominating Committee put forth six names to fill open positions on the General Staff. Those whose terms on the General Staff will the end in December 2020 are Jordan Brown, Dennis Fennessey and Kent Taylor, all eligible for re-election. The nominees presented by the Nominating Committee and approved by the General Staff are Jordan Brown, Joe Enzminger, Dennis Fennessey, Kathy Mizell, Taylor Stevenson and Kent Taylor. For personal reasons, Kent Taylor chose not to run for a second term. Nominees will also be accepted from the floor during the Friday October 23, 2020 General Membership Meeting at 3 p.m.
The 2020 General Membership Meeting will be held on October 23, 2020 in the hangar at CAF Headquarters, Dallas Executive Airport, Dallas, Texas.** The meeting begins at 4 p.m.** and eligible voters may pick up a ballot beginning at 3 p.m. If you choose not to attend the meeting in person, please request an absentee ballot. You may also attend virtually via this link: http://www.vimeopro.com/DHDFilms/CAF2020. The Password is CAF. We strongly suggest you request an absentee ballot. You can request this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and Colonel ID number.
- Oct. 18, 2020 - Deadline to Request Absentee Ballots from email@example.com
- Oct. 23, 2020 - Election, 4 p.m. in CAF Hangar, Dallas Executive Airport, Dallas, Texas
- Oct. 28, 2020 - Absentee Ballots for the General Staff election will be mailed to those who requested them in accordance with the CAF Bylaws
- Nov. 22, 2020 - Completed Absentee Ballots must be postmarked no later than this date to be recognized as valid by the CAF’s auditor
- Dec. 7, 2020 - Approximate date election results will be announced
RSVP To Attend Member Meeting In Person*
*The number of participants on-site for the General Membership Meeting will be limited to capacity as directed by the State of Texas.
NOMINEE BIOS FOR 2020 ELECTIONS
JORDAN BROWN firstname.lastname@example.org
Colonel Jordan Brown has had an interest in aviation from a very young age, with his father being in the Air National Guard and from hearing stories from his Grandfather’s 56 missions in B-17s out of North Africa during World War II. He began taking flying lessons when he was 14 years old, where he traded mowing the airport grounds for free flight instruction. Jordan soloed on his 16th birthday and completed his pilot’s certificate a week after his 17th.
Jordan has been a CAF member since 2010 and a Gold Life member since 2018. He has previously been the CAF Missouri Wing Operations Officer and is a CAF pilot in the B-25, DC-3/C47, TBM Avenger, C-45 and co-pilot in the B-17. He sponsors the B-25, TBM, C-47 That’s All, Brother, RC-45 B.O.B. (Indiana Wing) and L-3. Jordan says he is, “excited at the potential opportunity of continuing to serving a larger role in the CAF, if given the chance, and believes he can be a contributor to the continued growth of the organization while keeping a continued focus on our core flying mission.”
In 2006, Jordan and his wife/business partner formed a sheet metal fabrication company (J & N Metal Products, LLC.) Presently, the company works mostly in the aerospace and defense industry and is a direct contractor/manufacturer for the Department of Defense. They are also a direct supplier in the aerospace industry for companies such as GE Aviation, Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney to name a few.
In 2011, in addition to J & N Metal Products, LLC they took over and rebranded the FBO in Terre Haute, Indiana. (KHUF) Hoosier Aviation where they operate their FBO business, flight school and are one of only a handful of DOD fueling operations in Indiana.
Jordan is a graduate from Ivy Tech State College with a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technologies where he also received his A&P certificate. Later he also received his I/A certificate along with the A&P certificate. He has worked as an aircraft mechanic on most small GA aircraft and professionally on DC-8, DC-9 B-727, L-1011, and B-747s for several freight companies. Outside the CAF he is currently flying C-45H, E-18, C-47, T-6, TBM and PBY-5A as well as multiple GA/corporate aircraft.
Jordan and his wife Nicole currently reside near Brazil, Indiana, with their two boys Jordan Ray, 19, and Nicolas, 15. We are a flying family at heart, Jordan Ray just completed his Multi, Instrument, Commercial certificate in the C45H (At 18) and Nicolas is working on his private waiting until he turns 16 to be able to solo like his dad & brother.
JOE ENZMINGER email@example.com
Like many in the CAF, Enzminger has had a lifelong love of aviation. He started flying at 16 and obtained his private pilot’s license shortly after his 17th birthday. He was drawn to the CAF to combine his love for aviation with his desire to honor and keep alive the legacy and lessons of the men and women of the Greatest Generation.
Enzminger’s professional career did not follow an aviation track. For the last twenty-five years he has worked in software development and technology. His career has combined his education in Aerospace Engineering with his love of flight simulation and today is Chief Technology Officer for a private gaming company. Through his career experience, he has had a deep understanding of how to integrate technology into both product development and operations, and he has served as a leader in organizations large and small.
He acquired his first aircraft, a T-34 Mentor, in 2002 and was shortly thereafter introduced to the CAF. For most of his time as a member, he participated primarily as a formation pilot in the Central Texas Wing’s activities and chose not to “get involved”. During this time, he got married and started a family. Incidentally, his son is named after Bill Powers, the member who introduced him to the CAF and taught him the art of formation flying.
In 2017 Enzminger became the Wing Leader of the Central Texas Wing. He also found himself leading the effort to get That’s All, Brother, D-Day Doll, and Bluebonnet Belle to Europe. Through this project and his time as a Wing Leader of a large CAF unit he became acquainted with members of the CAF far and wide and learned quite a bit about what works, what doesn’t work, and what needs to be fixed if the CAF is to remain a relevant organization in the coming decades.
His goal for service on the General Staff is make the scale and capabilities of our national organization more accessible to our local units and to make sure that the priorities and goals of our national organization are better aligned with those of our units. The future of the CAF is dependent on the ability of our local units to not only survive, but to thrive. It is currently too difficult for great innovations from local units to spread nationally, and it is also difficult for local units to access the fantastic resources and talents of our headquarters staff. Enzminger will work to change that.
Enzminger resides in Austin with my wife Reva and two children, Maelin (5) and Powers (4).
DENNIS FENNESSEY firstname.lastname@example.org
Colonel Dennis Fennessey joined the CAF and Airbase Arizona in 2010. At Airbase Arizona he served as the Unit Leader. He also is a Flight Crew Chief on B-17, Sentimental Journey. Fennessey is presently completing his fourth year on the CAF General Staff. A most important duty of General Staff is to formulate business strategy for the CAF. Recently the General Staff defined the need to begin a more significant shift toward education. This will open a broader audience to our mission of honoring and inspiring the awesome legacy of World War II military aviation.
But right now, we are challenged by the COVID-19 virus which is playing havoc with our mission and Unit growth and sustainability. We need to define new strategies and work with Headquarters to maintain business momentum and ensure the fiscal health and operations of our Units. Fennessey is completely committed to this task and has the relevant business experience to contribute.
Fennessey was a management consultant for 35 years, retiring a few years ago as a senior partner from Deloitte & Touche. During his career he worked with many companies to develop and implement business strategies.
Colonel Fennessey and his wife Jane, also a CAF Colonel, live in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He holds a Commercial Multi-engine pilot license. Fennessey enjoys outdoor activities such as backpacking, fly fishing, haunting aviation museums, flying a Mooney and just enjoying the great weather in Arizona.
KATHY MIZELL email@example.com
Kathy Mizell would like to offer her 40 plus years of commercial business experience to the CAF through a position on the General Staff. She believes she can provide a new voice, new ideas, and a new perspective in discussions and decisions to ensure the CAF will remain a leader in the warbird community.
Mizell has been a CAF Colonel for 20 years (14 years as a Life member). She spent many years as a CAF Marshaller. She also served on the Flight Line Working Group, Operations Board, Safety Committee and is currently a member of the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum Board and Restoration Grant Committee. As a member, Mizell has had the opportunity to meet many other CAF members and to become a member of multiple units. These contacts have provided her with a close-up view of how units work internally and among other units and with HQ. It has also allowed her to see how decisions made at various levels can affect others directly or indirectly.
Mizell fully supports the CAF’s current goals and objectives in relation to education, aircraft and membership. She would like to work on finding ways to increase membership and find ways to encourage “at-large” members to become active unit members.
Mizell lives in Brenham, Texas.
TAYLOR STEVENSON firstname.lastname@example.org
Colonel Taylor Stevenson joined the Commemorative Air Force as a Cadet in 1997. Taylor, now age 31, is a CAF Life Member with over 20 years of active service. With his experience as a CAF Cadet and Eagle Scout, Taylor’s primary passion is growing the CAF Cadet Program to recruit and retain the next generation of CAF Colonels. By providing youth with enrichment opportunities, mentorships, and vocational training, Taylor believes the CAF will thrive for generations to come a leading aviation organization.
Taylor is a CAF Senior Pilot with Traron Lead Formation qualifications. Taylor joined the CAF’s TORA! TORA! TORA! airshow routine as a pilot in 2015 at age 26. As a pilot sponsor of the CAF’s Curtiss P-40N Warhawk N1226N, Bell P-63A Kingcobra N191H, and Nakajima B5N Kate (Replica) N2047, Taylor represents the CAF at over a dozen airshows across the nation each year. Taylor is a member of several CAF units, including the Dixie Wing, DFW Wing, Tex Hill Wing, High Sky Wing, P-40 Sponsor Group, and TORA Sponsor Group. Recently, Taylor’s primary focus has been coordinating the restoration of the CAF P-40 Warhawk, including the procurement of parts, and continued marketing and fundraising. The restoration is nearing completion while remaining on time and under budget.
Taylor is a mechanical engineer turned attorney and is currently in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 oil and gas exploration and production company in Dallas, Texas. His practice areas include intellectual property, information technology, third-party transactions, and government relations. Taylor earned a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.
Taylor owns a North American T-6G Texan and Stinson L-5G Sentinel and is currently restoring a 1944 Case SI airborne tractor. He and his wife, CJ, live in Dallas, Texas with their golden retriever, Cheeseburger.