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State Aviation Journal Special Edition

2013 NASAO Executive Board

November 2013

Sioux Falls Hosts 82nd NASAO Annual Convention & Trade Show

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Contents From the Publisher

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NASAO Tours EROS Center

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On The Cover

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Members of the NASAO 2012 Executive Board are, from left, Debbie Alke, Montana, Tommy Booth, Mississippi, Chris Willenborg, Massachusetts and Ed Young, Kansas.

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Strawbale Winery Publisher/Editor

Kim J. Stevens

Opening reception Vendors Graphic Design with Andrew Stevens

Layout Design Photography NASAO Presents

Kim Stevens Kim Stevens Great Line-up Shahn Sederberg

of Session Speakers Advertising Director

Contributing Writers

Vacant

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The Falls and Kicking Back at Harley

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Wisconsin ACE Award

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NASAO Awards Banquet

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2013 NASAO Class Photo

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Andrea Brennan Scott Malta Penny Hamilton

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Monday Night

Dinner at the Harley Davidson Dealership. Page 4

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From the Publisher

The Loom Having spent a good many years as a state aviation official – a direc-

tor, a deputy and sometimes a staffer, I have come away with a healthy respect for the men and women who lead our state aviation offices, cast the visions and implement the programs. Now that I’ve tumbled over the fence and find myself lying in the green grass of the Hotel NASAO, I see the same scene, but from a different angle. It’s kind of like the comparison of looking at the Mississippi River through the eyes of both the tug Captain in the pilot house and the Captain from the cockpit of an airplane at 40,000 feet… a very different perspective. Of course, making the move has resulted in a cadre of folks fussing over me, checking the bump on my head (from the tumble) and asking are you sure you meant to move to Washington D.C. and join NASAO? I swear, I even heard someone mention that he felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out! Yes, yes, I assure everyone, wincing at the pain from the bump on my head. I meant to do it - without reservation! To be honest with you, working for NASAO had never crossed my mind in the 17 years I’ve been connected with the association but when the opportunity came up, I didn’t give it a second thought. It did, however, take a third party to plant the idea in my head in the first place, of which I am most grateful. I say that because it feels right - like the circle is somehow complete. Now that I’m here, I maintain my respect for the members, but I’ve also gained a healthier appreciation for what it takes on the national level to weave the multi-sized and multi-colored thread from 50 plus sources into one beautiful and functional cloth. For 82 years the process has taken place - not an easy task, but I look forward to having my hand on the loom as we trundle forward.

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NASAO members attend a breifing prior to the tour of the facility.

NASAO Tours EROS Center On Sunday morning NASAO Convention attendees had the opportunity to tour the Earth Resource Observation and Science (EROS) Center located 15 miles North of Sioux Falls. The facility is a remotely sensed data management, systems development and research field center for the U.S. Geological Survey. EROS opened in the early 1970’s with a handful of employees and the largest mainframe computer in the State of South Dakota. It currently houses one of the largest computer complexes in the Department of the Interior. Kyle Wanner, North Dakota looks at an EROS display.

Ronnie Mitchell, Nebraska, photographs a state map.

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Gary Cathey, California.


Sunday Afternoon

Guests hike up to the radome that houses the 10-meter antenna.

EROS has approximately 600 government and contractor employees. When the idea of EROS was conceived, it was decided that it needed to be centrally located for receiving data as Landsat satellites passed over the United States. Scientists, managers, and technical users from around the world, including the staff at EROS, use data from the ar-

A 10-meter antenna collects satelite data.

chives for a variety of data applications and research programs. For more information visit http://eros.usgs.gov/.

NASAO members check out individual state data cards.

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Sunday Afternoon

Being welcomed to the winery are from left, Joe Pestka, Vic Bird, Maggie Covalt and Susan Shea.

Off-Site Tour Includes Stop at Strawbale Winery The second off-site tour for NASAO attendees was a visit to the Strawbale Winery for Sunday Sangria, which included lunch and live music. The winery near Sioux Falls, is tucked away between a 100-year-old barn, shelter belt and grape vines, reminiscent of a simpler time. Live entertainment added a nice touch to the afternoon.

Summer Marr, left and Sarah Arnold, Marr Arnold Planning

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Left to right are Randy and Linda Burdette, Virginia and John Eagerton, Alabama.

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Samples of available wine and sangria on display.

Sandra Gladney and Tish Pruitt, American Airlines Credit Union.

Amy and Larry Taborsky, North Dakota.

Shayne Gill, AASHTO and Susan Shea, Illinois.

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Sunday Evening

Reception with Exhibitors Opens 82nd NASAO Convention & Tradeshow A ribbon cutting and opening reception was held with exhibitors on Sunday evening to officially kick-off the 82nd Annual Convention and Trade- Cutting the ribbon are from left, Chris Willenborg, Massachusetts, Bruce Lindholm, South Dakota and Tommy Booth, Mississippi. show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The event, held in the Exhibit Hall of the Sioux Falls Convention Center, drew twenty-five exhibitors. Host for this year’s event was the South Dakota Office of Continued on page 12

Stephanie Ward, Mead & Hunt with John Eagerton, Alabama and Steve Summers, New Mexico.

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Sarah Arnold, left and Summer Marr on Mount Rushmore. Left to right are John and Rose Knight and Brad Brandt.

Ronnie Mitchell, left, Nebraska, Michael Speidel and Donna Speidel with Sightline.

From left are, Randy Burdett, Linda Burdette, Virginia and Mike Flores, GCR, Inc.

Sheryl Mayes, Thales ATM.

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Gary Adams, left and Jim Bennett.

Ribbon Cutting Continued from page 10 Aeronautics and the South Dakota Aeronautics Commission. Dakota Cub Aircraft, from Brandon, South Dakota provided a Cub aircraft that proved to be a popular backdrop for photos in the Exhibit Hall.

Bryan Gregory, Missouri, left and Richard Walls, North Carolina.

Tommy Booth, Mississippi and Abigail Smith, FAA.

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Left to right are, Kim Stevens, NASAO, Tristan Atkins, Washington and Greg Pecoraro, AOPA.

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Ralph Petragnani, left, Belfort Instrument and Bill Orellana, Tennessee. Jennifer Boehm, South Dakota.

CONGRATULATIONS MOST INNOVATIVE STATE PROGRAM AWARD

Colorado Department of Transportation Division of Aviation (David Gordon, Director pictured above third from left)

Left to right are, Debbie Alke, Montana, Carol Comer, Georgia and Susan Shea, Illinois.

KENNETH R. ROWE AMBASSADOR OF AVIATION AWARD

Randall Burdette, Virginia Department of Aviation DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Carol L. Aldrich, Michigan Department of Transportation STATE AVIATION NEWSLETTER AWARD

Texas Wingtips AVIATION EDUCATION PROGRAM AWARD

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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FAA’s Ben De Leon, Incoming Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports talks about critical funding issues in Washington D.C.

NASAO Presents Diverse Line-up for Sessions Greg Principato

James Bennett

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This year’s National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Annual Convention and Tradeshow held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota fared well in spite of a government shutdown which saw some federal employees cancel their appearance or leave town early in order to be back home before the end of fiscal year 2013 on September 30th. The 82nd annual event held Saturday through Tuesday, September 28th to October 1st, went on however, mostly as planned, with few schedule changes and presented a strong line up to the nearly two-hundred registered attendees. Monday’s list of speakers, a who’s who in the aviation industry, included Pete Bunce, Jim Bennett and Greg Principato. Ben De Leon, FAA’s Incoming Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports, was on hand as was Barry Cooper, FAA’s Regional Administrator for the Great Lakes Region, Michael O’Donnell, Director Office of Airport Safety and Standards and Abigail Smith, Products Director, Mission Support Services of the Air Traffic Organization, AeroNav Products. David Suomi, Deputy Regional Administrator for Northwest Mountain Region was also on hand for the duration. “Our forums featured top notch speakers from varied aspects of the world of aviation and several outstanding FAA representatives who came to Sioux Falls despite the threat of an imminent government shutdown,” said Henry 2013 NASAO Special Edition


Pete Bunce, President and CEO, GAMA, was the keynote luncheon speaker on Monday.

Ogrodzinski, President and CEO of NASAO. Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), was the keynote speaker during Monday’s lunch and addressed the challenges and opportunities facing the general aviation community in the United States. Bennett gave a global perspective on airports and airlines, contrasting domestic and Pete Bunce

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Henry Ogrodzinski, President and CEO, NASAO, introduces Abigail Smith and Michael O’Donnell.

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Mike Maynard, left and Scott Sanders, both with CDM Smith, pose with Mike Klein, Arizona.

Left to Right are, Susan Shea, Illinois, Barry Cooper, FAA and Bob Quinn, NBAA.

Left to right are Sarah Arnold, Summer Marr and Barbara Fritsche.

Jim Bennett, left and Randy Burdette, Virginia.

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Raegan Dyke, OTW Safety.

Steve Summers, left, New Mexico and Ben De Leon, FAA.

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Monday Sessions

NBAA’s Regional Reps were on hand to brief attendees on relevant issues in each of the six regions. Steve Hadley, Southwest Region is at the podium. Seated left to right are, Dean Saucier, Northeast Region, Stacy Howard, Western Region, Kristi Ivey, Northwest Region, Bob Quinn, Central Region and Harry Houckes, Southeast Region.

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State aviation officals from the Southwest Region meet with others from their region.

Sessions Continued from page 15. international philosophies on how to serve the market. Bennett served as Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports Company over the last several years and prior to that spent 14 years at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where he was appointed President and CEO in 2003. Principato, until recently led the Airports Council International – North America as its President. He offered an interesting perspective on why the future of airports and airlines will look nothing like they have in the past. There were many other speakers as well as ample oppor-

Adair Norman, left and Brian Aho, Applied Research Associates.

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tunities throughout the convention to network with peers and discover the latest developments in technology from the many exhibitors. The convention also presented opportunities for the various committees to meet to discuss issues and to conduct business. “I believe that all of the organizational and committee Continued on page 22.

Mike Trout, Michigan, left and Bob Quinn, NBAA.

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Richard Gossen, GCR, Inc., left chats with Eric Glick and Matt Furedy, Nevada DOT.

Dan Donahue, left, with Michael Trosclair, center, both with Vaisala and Tommy Booth, Mississippi. Stephanie Haynes, Vaisala is pictured in the inset.

The 2013 NASAO Executive Board walks from the Convention Center back to the hotel. From left are, Carol Comer, Tommy Booth, Dave Gordon and Chris Willenborg.

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NASAO President, Henry Ogrodzinski, left and Pete Bunce, President of GAMA.

Randy Burdette, left and speaker Patrick Cox, Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Bob Quinn and Kristi Ivey, NBAA.

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Left to right are, Debbie Alke, Susan Shea, Carol Comer and Cassandra Isackson.

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Stephanie Ward, left, Mead & Hunt presents Andre Aman, Nebraska, with a door prize. Mrs. Pete (Patty) Bunce and Ronnie Mitchell, Nebraska.

Integrity. It trumps all we do. It’s what our founder, Daniel Mead, is best known for, and we strive to uphold his legacy. For 113 years, Mead & Hunt has succeeded by building relationships beyond a job done right. We look forward to continuing to provide the high level of service and innovative solutions our company was founded on.

Nel Stubbs, Conklin & de Decker shows Wil Plentl some information.

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Lef to right on APTech’s Mount Rushmore, are Kyle Wanner, Henry Ogrodzinski, Bridgette Bailey and Larry Taborsky. Sheryl Mayes, Thales, is shown in the inset.

North Dakota’s Larry Taborksy and Kyle Wanner.

Sessions Continued from page 18. meetings were very important and productive and will also help provide us with a roadmap for the association’s 83rd year,” said Ogrodzinski. “Networking between and among state officials is always important and we provided both unique and ample opportunities for them to share their views and issues.” Courtney Beamon, Delta Airport Consultants and Marc Champigny.

Left to right with GCR, Inc., are David Murla, Mike Flores, Richard Gossen, Tim Basonic and Jim Bildilli, Aviation Technologies, Inc.

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Jeff Pfeiffer, All Weather Inc.

Bob Vander Meer, Aerometric.

Pam Keidel-Adams, Kimley-Horn and Bryan Gregory, Missouri.

Wayne Seiler, left, All About Pavements and Bruce Lindholm.

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The Dakota Cub sets the mood for the Tuesday lunch with the exhibitors.

Paul Werts, South Carolina, left and Tommy Booth, Misissippi.

From Idaho are, Mike Pape, left, Melissa Kaplan and Bill Statham.

Pat Morley, Utah, left, joins his fellow state aviation officials at lunch.

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Paul Mattox, Secretary, West Virginia DOT.


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Monday Night at the Falls

Sabrina Wagahoff and Wayne Seiler were among attendees that stopped to take in the beauty of Falls Park and the falls of the Big Sioux River, the namesake of Sioux Falls.

Kim Stevens, NASAO.

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Mike Flores, GCR, Inc. with his own bike.

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Larry and Amy Taborsky.


Kicking Back Monday Night with Harley Davidson

Checking out the motorcycle jacket are from left, Henry Ogrodzinski, Bridgette Bailey, Linda Burdette and Randy Burdette.

Harley Dealership Serves Up Fun and Relaxation After a quick stop at Falls Park, NASAO convention attendees boarded busses for the JL Harley dealership north of Sioux Falls for an evening of good food and fun. NASAO ‘Bucks’ were provided for everyone attending to try there Continued on next page.

Debbie Alke, Montana and Dennis Byrne, Wyoming.

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John and Rose Knight try out one of the bikes.

Casino night at the Harley Davidson dealership.

Harley Continued from previous hand at a friendly game of roulette, black jack and poker. Winnings were later exchanged for chances at door prizes. A number of attendees, dressed in their leathers and bandanas, took the opportunity to check out new and used Harley Davidson motorcycles as well as a great selection of merchandise.

The NASAO Executive Board, from left, Carol Comer, Dave Gordon, Chris Willenborg and Tommy Booth.

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Texas Wingtips Takes Award for Top Newsletter For the second year running, the State Aviation Journal, in cooperation with NASAO, presented the State Aviation Newsletter Award during the Association’s Tuesday eventing awards banquet. This year’s award went to the Texas Department of Transportation, Aviation Division for their newsletter ‘Wingtips.’ The award is given to recognize the work that goes into creating and distributing newsletters that promote aviation in the states and the men and women that represent state aviation. The award is independently judged by a panel of experienced public relations and industry professionals. This year’s judges were Margot Carmichael Lester, Founder of The Word Factory, in Carrboro, North Carolina, Julie Rodriguez, Public Information Manager for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, DJ Wilson, President and CEO of Wilson Strategic CommunicaDave Fulton, Aviation Division Director for the Texas Department of tions, Lynwood, Washington and Arthur W. Greenfield, Transportation accepts the Newsletter Award from State Aviation Journal Publisher, Kim Stevens. Director, Contest and Records, for NAA.

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Wisconsin ACE Collects Aviation Education Program Award By Lara Jackson Since 1989, Wisconsin’s Aviation Career Education (ACE) program has promoted aviation and space education, offered extracurricular activities and provided students in aviation, related jobs. This year the program was recognized for its achievements by being presented the NASAO Center for Aviation Research & Education’s Aviation Education Program Award. ACE was formed after former Governor Tommy ThompChris Willenborg, left, presents the award to Scott Brummond, center and David Greene. son called upon affirmative action leaders to create programs targeting disadvantaged learn to adapt to different personalities. Also, I gained a youth in the Milwaukee Public Schools. A steering comsense of attention and detail during this time,” explains mittee consisting of members from the Department of Pablo Diaz who participated in ACE during consecutive Public Instruction, educators, principals, aviation enthusi- summers and is now pursuing a degree in aerospace engiasts, pilots, state government officials, airport employees neering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. and air transportation industry representatives, to develop an aviation-space education program, which became the Hands On Training Milwaukee Aviation Careers Education program. “We [ACE/Wisconsin DOT] have 35 interns from parAccording to the Wisconsin Deticipating in this summer’s program, which usually lasts partment of Transportation, “ACE seven to eight weeks,” explains Nicole Wiessinger, Aviahas not only been successful in tion Education Program Manager at the Wisconsin DOT. stimulating students to become This year’s interns represent nine high schools from the interested in air transportation caMilwaukee public school system. The schools include reers, but also in developing skills Bradley Tech, Morse Marshall High School, Ronald needed to become productive Reagan High School and Washington Information and Doug Drescher members of the workforce.” Technology. “During the two years I was involved in the ACE These interns get the opportunity to work at General program I interacted with many different people and you Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. This year’s Page 30

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participating employers include the 128th Wisconsin National Guard, Aircraft International Group (ASIG), Milwaukee Cessna Citation Center and Signature Flight Support. Signature Flight Support has been a participant in the ACE program for 18 years. Signature is the world’s largest fixed-based operation and distribution network for business aviation services. Signature services include: • Fueling • Hangar and office rentals • Ground handling • Maintenance Signature’s sister company, Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG) offers many of the same services as Signature. “Over the years, the students chosen to participate in this program [ACE] have done an excellent job and have made excellent employees,” explains General Manager Doug Drescher, Signature Flight Corp., “The interns who work at ASIG do the fueling and servicing of the aircraft and are rather excited. In one instance, there was an intern who had to go inside the cockpit and give the pilot the fuel slip. Interns at Signature have more customer service responsibilities and deal directly with the pilots.” “It [ACE] provides many learning experiences for the students from general employment training and job skills to more specific aviation-related skills, such as learning about the air traffic control tower,” states Wiessinger. “Employers shouldn’t underestimate these interns’ enthusiasm, energy and willingness to learn and what they bring to their company,” shares Drescher. In addition to preparing young people to enter the “real world” and learn about the workforce, according to Wiessinger there are always a few students who are hired by participating ACE companies after an internship. A recent example is one intern was hired

Nicole Wiessinger

by the Milwaukee Citation ServiceCessna and has been working in a fueling capacity. In conclusion, Diaz offers advice for those interested in the program, “Care about your grades – focus on getting a high grade point average. This was how I was able to get the position I had in my first internship year. Also, it shows you care about your education and you’re dependable and someone who can be trusted.”

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Tuesday Evening

Carol Aldrich was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Pictured with Carol is Mike Trout, Executive Administrator for the Michigan Aeronautics Division.

TK Gwinn, left and David Gordon, Colorado, accept the award for Most Innovative State Program.

NASAO Recognizes Oustanding Aviation Officials, Programs This year’s Awards Dinner highlighted the service of a number of men and women employed at state aviation offices around the country. Awards included the Kenneth R. Rowe Ambassador of Aviation Award, presented this year to Randall Burdette, Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation. This award is presented in the name of Kenneth A. Rowe to honor State Aviation directors who embody his spirit, optimism and fierce pride in the capa-

bilities of the state aviation agencies. The NASAO Center for Aviation Research & Education, Aviation Education Program Award, was given to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for their Wisconsin

Tommy Booth, left is congratulated for his year as NASAO Chairman, by Chris Willenborg, NASAO’s 2014 Chairman.

Randy Burdette, reipient of the Kenneth R. Rowe Ambassador of Aviation Award.

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Aviation Career Education program (see page 30), which provides on-the-job training each summer for 35 disadvantaged students from the Milwaukee Public School System. This year’s recipient of the ‘Most Innovative State Program Award,’ went to the Colorado DOT Division of Aviation for their Web-based Information Management System (WIMS). The WIMS program enables the Colorado Division of Aviation to keep succinct and complete records of their program, from Capital Improvement Planning, fuel tax collection and distribution, grant applications, administration and project close-out. Carol L. Aldrich, PE, Michigan Office of Aeronautics was selected for the ‘Distinguished Service Award.’ Aldrich, a supervisor of the Project Management Unit for the past twelve years, has been employed by the Michigan Department of Transportation for nearly twenty-three years.

Making their way to the banquet are Selena Shilad, Ellen Barrett and Henry Ogrodzinski.

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