MEET THE BOARD OF NMAE:
VACANT – President
Lowell Whitten – Treasurer
Lowell has been an active member of the aviation community for more than 45 years. He started his aviation career in the U.S. Air Force. During his enlistment, he spent one year in Viet Nam serving as a Crew Chief on a F100D Super Sabre. His service in Southeast Asia was highlight by an award of the Air Force Commendation medal for his efforts in the successful launch and recovery of more than 2,000 sorties by his unit. After returning from Viet Nam, he served as a Crew Chief on the “still” fastest airplane in existence: the SR-71 Blackbird. While working as a member of the 9th OMS at Beale AFB in Marysville Ca, he attended Sacramento City College studying aviation courses that resulted in him obtaining his FAA Airframe and Powerplant license.
After returning home from his service to his country, Lowell went to work for the Kirtland Aero Club, Sandia Aviation and ultimately Cutter Flying Service in April of 1972. Lowell held the position of an A&P mechanic with those companies. At Cutter, he went on to obtain his Inspectors Authorization License and became the Shop Foreman and Chief Inspector for the repair station. He was then promoted to the position of Service Manager and spent the next 15 years leading that department. In 1982, the Beechcraft Factory Management named him the “Beechcraft Service Manager of the Year”. In 1984 he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Cutter Aviation Albuquerque Inc. Lowell is a member of The Executive Association of Greater Albuquerque and has served on the board as their Treasurer. He is also a member of the Aviation Maintenance Technicians Society, NATA and NBAA.
VACANT – Secretary
Marshall Puckett – Co-Founder
Marshall Puckett is a co-founder of the New Mexico Aviation and Aerospace Association and a member of its board of directors. He is also founder and President of AvReps International and has spent 50 years in the aviation business. His work experience includes 17 years as President of a national distribution chain specializing in avionics, helping to formulate strategic plans for over 20 of the best companies in the aviation industry, working with NASA contractors helping to commercialize NASA technologies (most notably weather data links), is an active member of the Aircraft Electronics Association since 1967 and has served on its board of directors for 9 years.
Marshall is a private pilot with 5,000 total flight hours and, prior to his aviation career, spent 6 years in the United States Navy submarine service
Dr. Amy Ballard- Board Member/Education Director
Dr. Amy Ballard is Associate Dean in the School of Applied Technologies at Central New Mexico Community College where she provides oversight and leadership for Aviation Maintenance, and other programs. She received her doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of New Mexico in 2017. Dr. Ballard joined the NMAero Ed Board in 2018, bringing 15 years of education experience in the classroom and administration at the state’s largest institution of higher education. She has been instrumental in developing dual credit offerings for Aviation Maintenance, as well as launching the state’s first academic certificate in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology.
Bill Shuert – Board Member/Director of Events/Past President
Bill started his aviation career over 39 years ago when he enlisted in the United States Air Force as an F-15 Aircraft Mechanic in 1981 where he served until joining the New Mexico Air National Guard in 1984. He served a total 12 years in the enlisted ranks until commissioning in 1992. Upon commissioning, he subsequently served as the Chief of Field Maintenance, Commander, Logistics Support Flight, Officer in Charge of the Transportation Branch, Commander, Maintenance Squadron, Commander, Logistics Readiness Squadron, Deputy Commander of the Mission Support Group, 150th Fighter Wing, Commander, 64th Civil Support Team, Director of Plans and Interoperability, New Mexico Joint Forces Headquarters, Chief of Wing Plans and Programs, and the Mission Support Group Deputy Commander, 150th Special Operations Wing, New Mexico Air National Guard, Kirtland AFB, NM. He retired with over 34 years in uniformed service.
Today, Bill is the President and owner of 360 Aviation LLC and CEO/Co-Founder of AeroVonics. In his spare time he is a private pilot and enjoys flying and working on his own airplane. He also is a certified FAA Airframe and Powerplant mechanic.
Bill holds a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Bill McMillan – Past President
Bill began his career in business development, risk management & aviation insurance more than 15 years ago, where he grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas and has worked in the aviation arena over 24 years. Bill’s Aviation career began with the Ft. Worth Fire Department as a training officer in Crash Fire Rescue at Meacham & Alliance Airports and was the liaison on several municipal aviation development projects. Bill holds his Commercial and CFI certificates.
As a co-founder and President of the NM Aviation Aerospace Association, a majority of his efforts have focused on developing and implementing solid policy & tax reform measures, as well as developing education curriculum and “centers of excellence” for NM’s aviation/aerospace industry. In addition, Bill has worked extensively with Tribal/Native American Pueblos and business entities, developing strategies/business plans and standing-up companies. Bill has worked closely with Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs, the NM Airport Manger’s Association, State of NM Aviation Department and the NM Legislature on legislative issues that impact the aviation industry. Supporting passage of NM’s “Informed Consent” legislation was critical to SpacePort America, Virgin Galactic and future aerospace companies electing to do business in NM. In addition to serving the NM Aviation Aerospace Association, Bill sits on a national association policy committee for the ASA-Aerospace States Association, Board Member with YESWECANNEWMEXICO, Daniels Fund and the SAMS Academy.
Bill earned his BA in Business from LeTourneau University and is currently completing an MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.