March 2014

Class Notes

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Capt. Ian R. Osterreicher (’07, DB) was recently presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross, one of the Air Force’s highest honors, by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James (pictured left) at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga. A member of Embry-Riddle's Air Force ROTC Det. 157 Alumni and Cadet Association, Osterreicher received the honor in recognition of his actions in Afghanistan, which saved the lives of at least 60 American soldiers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Callaghan/Released).

Jamail Larkins (’07, DB) received the Ron E. McNair Award from the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees. The award honors pioneers and scholars in aeronautics. Larkins is president and CEO of Ascension Air Management, a multimillion dollar aircraft sales and leasing business. He is also a member of Embry-Riddle’s Alumni Advisory Council, the university’s Council of 100 and is the Federal Aviation Administration’s Ambassador for Aviation and Space Education.

Allison Odyssey (’04, DB) has been named vice president of NewSpace Market Development at Space Florida. In this role, she is responsible for creating, directing and managing Space Florida’s business partnerships with the NewSpace industry, while leveraging and strengthening a positive business climate for the commercial space markets to grow in Florida. The NewSpace industry is composed of hundreds of small and large businesses and according to industry analysts, is expected to reach 1,000 companies worldwide by 2016. Odyssey has been with Space Florida for seven years, most recently as senior program director, and has 10 years of experience in the commercialization of space field. .

Harry A. Mitchel (’79, DB) has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer of Executive AirShare, one of the nation’s largest regional fractional aircraft ownership companies. Mitchel, who joined Executive AirShare as vice president of operations in 2013, reports directly to Executive AirShare president and CEO Keith D. Plumb. Executive AirShare is the world’s largest operator of Embraer Phenom aircraft and currently serves the Central United States and Great Lakes regions.

Terry Mularkey (’94, WW) is executive director of development for Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. A member of Embry-Riddle’s Alumni Advisory Council and retired lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army, he served as executive director of Embry-Riddle’s Alumni Association from 2003-2005 and earlier as a director of development for Embry-Riddle Athletics. More recently, Mularkey was senior director of development for Sodexo Campus Services for the Southeast.

Fellow ERAU alumni First Officer/International Relief Officer Joe Lamanna (’90, DB), First Officer/International Relief Officer Art Thature (’89, DB) and Capt. Dave Doncaster (’91, DB) recently met during a flight to Afghanistan. All three Daytona Beach Campus alumni work for Air Transport International, a military cargo/passenger carrier. They all attended ERAU at about the same time, but never met on campus. “It took us 14 years and thousands of miles later to meet. Once we realized we all graduated from Riddle, we started talking about all the instructors we shared, like Wiggins, Stackpool and Van Bibber,” said Lamanna, who is on the far right in the photo. “It just goes to show you that Riddle people are everywhere,” said Thature, pictured far left.

Scott Bradley (’05, DB) has joined Lockton Companies’ Phoenix office. In this role, Bradley will serve as a business adviser on risk management and commercial insurance for corporate clients. Lockton is one of the world's largest privately held insurance brokers. Bradley comes to Lockton from Brown & Brown, where he most recently served as vice president of Commercial Lines.

Sam Dryden (’97, WW) has been named the vice president of manufacturing at Crossville, Inc. Dryden comes to Crossville from Mannington Flooring’s wood and laminate floors division, where he worked since 1998 and most recently served as director of manufacturing. He retired from the military in 2011 as a U.S. Navy Commander - Naval Flight Officer, after 20 years of service.

Chris Deck (’94, DB, Non-degree) has been named managing director for the Univers Workplace Solutions’ Central Region, which includes North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Univers is a benefit communications and enrollment solutions provider. Deck is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in naval aviation during the Gulf War and currently resides in Frisco, Texas

Michael Chevrette (’ 95, PC, 11, WW) will head up the launch of a new line of specialty insurance products through Great American Insurance Group’s new aviation division. Chevrette, who is divisional senior vice president, is a former U.S. Marine air traffic controller and aviation insurance professional.

Joni Schultz (93, DB) was awarded the Bell 206 Factory Flight Training Scholarship at the Whirly-Girls Banquet at the 2014 HELI-EXPO, held in Anaheim, Calif. The Whirly-Girls Inc. provides female helicopter pilot scholarships in an effort to promote growth of women in the rotorcraft industry.

Andrew Brigman (‘02, DB) is a recipient of The National Business Aviation Association’s Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship, which benefits individuals seeking to become NBAA-Certified Aviation Managers. Brigman is a Part 135 Captain with Jet Linx Aviation in Dallas, Texas, and holds an ATP rating. The Baldwin Business Aviation Management Scholarship is one of several scholarships offered by NBAA to promote professional development and business aviation careers.