Board Meetings

Board of Directors Meetings are held the second Saturday of every month at 9:00 in the Museum Conference Room.  Any current member is welcome to attend.

Feel free to send a message to board@airlinehistory.org.


Meet the Board of Directors

Bob Glover (President)

Bob’s interest in aviation began at an early age and played a significant role in his aviation industry career choices.  His fascination with the Lockheed Constellation traces back to the early 1950’s when he first saw a Connie (an Eastern Airlines ship) up close.  Bob’s interest in AHM dates back our Connie’s 1986 arrival here at MKC.  His current semi-retired status now affords the time necessary to pursue his interest in promoting and advancing the broader goals of the museum.

Bob is a graduate of West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) with a B.S. in Industrial Management.  He began his corporate career in aviation electronics as an industrial engineer with General Dynamics Corporation and Rockwell-Collins (formerly Collins Radio Company).  He then spent 30 years with Wilcox Electric, Inc. (a subsidiary of Northrop Corporation), rising to the executive staff level as Manager, Government Contract Management.

During his tenure with Wilcox, Bob was responsible for management of the company’s contracts with the FAA for design, manufacture, and installation (through flight inspection) of ILS, VOR, DME, VORTAC and other ground based NAVAIDs systems.

After leaving Wilcox, he began a new career in Information Technology and spent five years in the field of IT Network Analysis, retiring in 2004.

Currently he is semi-retired, but remains active in the daily management and co-ownership of Kansas City Title & License Service, LLC (KCTLS), a family owned company founded in 2005.

Bob is an active member of AHM and volunteers as a Tour Guide.

 


 

Kate Breckenridge (Vice President)

Kathleen H. Breckenridge has represented private and corporate aircraft owners and operators for over seven years.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of business and tax planning, U.S. aircraft export and import, acquisitions and sales, leasing, fractional ownership and chartering and management of corporate aircraft.  Ms. Breckenridge’s worldwide clients have benefited from her invaluable experience with complex international transactions.

Ms. Breckenridge is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

Ms. Breckenridge is a second-generation aviation attorney.  Her father, Philip Hogan, was an aviation attorney for 30 years and finished his career as General Counsel for United Airlines in the early eighties.  Ms. Breckenridge is also a volunteer director on the board of the Airline History Museum in Kansas City.

 

Gary Scholtz (Secretary)

Gary Scholtz retired after 27 years as a staff investigator and litigation legal assistant with the Vasos Law Offices. He investigated numerous cases involving transportation negligence, product liability, insurance claims, and utility power line cases.  Prior to that, he was an investigator with the Kansas Department of SRS for 4 years and a commissioned police office with the City of Kansas City, Kansas for 12 years. He is a Board Certified Legal Investigator, conferred by the National Association of Legal Investigators. He was a charter member and past State Regional Director for the Kansas Association of Licensed Investigators and a member and National Regional Director for the National Association of Legal Investigators having published several articles on investigations.  He was also a member of the Kansas Association for Justice and American Association for Justice Paralegal Affiliate.  He is currently serving as an Officer for the Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council No. 11126, Shawnee, Kansas.

Gary is married to his wife Cindy for the past 43 years.  They reside in Shawnee, Kansas and  have one son and two grandchildren who live in Mora, Sweden.  

Gary obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Administration from Ottawa University following a Paralegal Certificate from Rockhurst College, and an Associate of Arts Degree from KCK Community College.  He is a Vietnam Army Veteran and a licensed fixed-wing and helicopter pilot with approximately 1,200 hours.   

Gary joined the NAHM and is active in organizing all the publications, manuals, and documents pertaining to the Connie, DC-3, Martin 404, and the L-1011. 

 

 

John Roper (Treasurer)

John began building and flying radio control airplanes at the age of 11.  He received his pilot’s license at the age of 18.  While studying for his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas, he bought a Cessna 150 and started the KU flying club where he began teaching and generating interest in civil aircraft.  John then went on to earn his Air Transport Pilot license, Multi Engine Instructor, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics certificate and holds an FAA Inspection Authorization.  John also has earned an MBA from Dowling College in Aviation Administration

John has accumulated almost 4,000 hrs of flight time ranging from small aircraft to corporate jets to competition aerobatics.  John has always had a desire to push the envelope of technology in small aircraft.  While at Kansas University, he worked to develop separate surface stability augmentation systems, worked with Cessna and Honeywell during the development of display technology for the Cessna Citation X.  Most importantly, he was part of a team working under a NASA program for the development of the Advanced General Aviation Transport.  The aircraft designed by his team went on to become the basis for the NASA AGATE program which concluded studies in 2001.

John was Director of Engineering for Adaptive Propulsion Systems (APS) where he was responsible for the development of an advanced engineering department to develop next generation piston engine technology for the military.  While at APS, John completed his Six Sigma Black Belt training and implemented lean methods.  John then went on to work as a consultant and engineer for Proxy Aviation where he was involved in the design and development of UAV airframe modifications for the incorporation of sensors and weapons packages. John has been a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and sat on committees responsible for the certification and operational requirements of UAVs.

Most recently, John has been with Signature Flight Support where he was operations manager at the West Palm Beach facility which saw typical daily operations of over 100 aircraft per day.  John returned to his Kansas City Roots in 2010 as Director of Maintenance for the new Signature TechnicAir Aircraft Maintenance facilities at both Kansas City Downtown airport and New Century Air Center where he worked on turn around strategies.

 

 Richard F. Davis

Career
Dick has worked for public organizations in Kansas City for nearly five decades, leading some of the region’s most impactful organizations. For 23 years, Dick served as the General Manager of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA). During that time he was awarded the L.P Cookingham Award for outstanding service by the American Society of Public Administration and the Outstanding Public Transportation Manager of the Year Award by the American Public Transportation Association. Prior to the KCATA, he was the first Executive Director of the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) and the organization preceding MARC, Metroplan. Dick is currently employed part-time by Olsson Associates.

Civic
His civic commitments are as impressive as his career. Dick served on the Gladstone City Council and as the Mayor of Gladstone; he chaired “Gladstone on the Move” and was appointed to several positions include Planning Commissioner, Parks Commissioner and the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Mayor Kay Barnes appointed Dick to the Port Authority of Kansas City Board of Commissioners. He is active in the Northland Regional Chamber, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on Northland Neighborhoods as President and Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee.

Community
A passionate baseball fan, Dick has been a Kansas City Royal Lancer since 1997, serving as President in 2002 and has been active in the Major League Players Trust for Children.

Personal
A graduate of the University of Arkansas Little Rock, he served four years in the United States Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge. He’s been married to his wife Virginia for 50 years and together they have three children and five grandchildren.

  

 

Bill Skaggs (Ex-Officio)

Bill’s love for aircraft began in 1963 when I joined the Air Force Reserves.  In 1965 he became a loadmaster on a C-124 aircraft.  Coincidentally, one of his aircraft commanders at Richards Gebaur was fellow board member Dick McMahon.   Currently, he is serving as President of the National Airline History Museum.  Bill worked at the General Motors plant at Leeds for 25 years and was elected to the Missouri General Assembly as a State Representative in 1982, where Bill served as Accounts Chair for several years.  After leaving the General Assembly, Bill was elected to the Kansas City Council and served there for eight years.  Bill also chaired the Aviation Committee which handled all aviation-related issues for the City.  For four years Bill served as Mayor Pro Tem and retired in 2010.