MEET THE TEAM

Martin County, Florida: It’s no secret that the Stuart Air Show has become the largest community event on the entire Treasure of Coast of Florida. What may be the best kept secret about the event is the team of volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to make it all happen. With six members on the Board of Directors, a committee of nearly 30, and a volunteer army of over 700, the Stuart Air Show encapsulates a true sense of community and volunteerism.

Board of Directors

 
 
I never would have imagined 10 years ago when I started volunteering at the show that I would one day have the opportunity to be the President of this organization. I have learned that anything is possible with hard work and dedication. There is only one way to understand my passion for this event and that is by experiencing it yourself. Get out there and volunteer and YOU too will catch the airshow bug!
— Amy Bottegal, Board President

Get to Know the Board

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Amy Bottegal - President

Amy Bottegal joined the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors in January 2016.  Amy is a client service associate who works with a team of Advisors and their clients at CenterState Financial Services. Amy is a FINRA Series 6 Registered Representative and a Florida licensed life, health, and variable annuity agent. She has served clients in the financial services since 2005. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is a faithful Steelers Fan.  Amy has been involved with the Stuart Air Show since 2008.  Her energy and enthusiasm for the Stuart Air Show makes her a true asset.

Nick Blount - Vice President

Nick Blount joined the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors in January 2015. After 42 years with Florida Power & Light, Mr. Blount retired in 2014. At the time of retirement, he was the Area Manager for the Treasure Coast and was responsible for government affairs and community relations for Martin and Okeechobee Counties. Mr. Blount has served on a number of organizations throughout the Treasure Coast, including Stuart-Martin County Chamber of Commerce (Trustee), Indiantown Chamber of Commerce (Trustee), Palm City Chamber of Commerce (Board Chair), Okeechobee County United Way (Campaign Co-Chair), Okeechobee County Economic Council (Board member), Martin County Red Cross (Board Chair), Martin County United Way (Board Chair), and Big Brothers Big Sisters of IR, SL & OK (Board member). He also is active with the Treasure Coast March of Dimes, First United Methodist Church, and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association.

Chuck Cleaver - Treasurer

Chuck Cleaver serves as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Martin Health System. Chuck joined Martin Health System in 1984. During his tenure, Cleaver has helped lead the organization through numerous changes in the health care industry, including the successful conversion to new electronic medical record and patient accounting systems and financing of Tradition Medical Center and its subsequent expansion.

He is a graduate of Ball State University and earned his MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. Prior to his employment with Martin Health, Chuck served as a Manager for Ernst & Young. He’s a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Cleaver has also been involved in numerous local not-for-profit organizations, including the Stuart Air Show, United Way Foundation of Martin County, the Council on Aging of Martin County, the Friends of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic and the Library Foundation of Martin County.

Doug Davis - Secretary

Doug Davis is the owner of D-R-D Technical Solutions, Inc. in Stuart, Florida and has been a Board Member of the Stuart Air Show since 2013. Born and Raised in Stuart, Doug has always been interested in aviation. In 2004, he began volunteering at the airshow and became hooked for life. With his expertise in engineering, Doug's skills of creating logistical site maps have made him a valuable asset to the Stuart Air Show. In addition to his involvement with the Stuart Air Show, Doug has volunteered with multiple events in the tri-county area including music festivals, car shows, and air shows.

Desiree Bonnie

Desiree Bonnie is a local Realtor with RE/MAX of Stuart having now lived in Martin County for over 36 years with great passion for the Airshow! Desiree played a significant role as the organizations Event Coordinator between the years of 2010-2014. The years after, she continued to be a Key Committee Leader volunteering on Ground Operations of the show. This year she was proudly appointed by the Airshow Board of Directors to carry out the position as the Board Secretary.  Desiree looks forward to another great year serving the community and working with her fellow peers organizing a safe and exciting show!

Lee Potter

Lee Potter is a regional sales manager for Emergency Vehicles, Inc. (EVI) in Lake Park, FL. He is responsible for working with local, state and federal agencies in selling and designing highly specialized emergency vehicles and trailers. Aviation and the space program have always been of special interest to Lee, as his family background includes Rockwell International. His father, being a licensed pilot, introduced him to flying at a very early age. He has been a long time attendee and a dedicated volunteer for the past four years of the Stuart Air Show.

Angela Clarke

Angela is joining the Board of Directors with thirty years of non-profit experience. She has an extensive background in leadership, training, management, board development and event planning. Angela currently works as a consultant to non-profit agencies providing technical assistance.  She believes in actively volunteering with projects that are close to her heart and is excited to be a part of the dynamic Stuart Air Show team. She is originally from Grand Prairie, Texas and has been a Florida resident for 25 years. Besides volunteering, Angela spends her time traveling, attending art shows with her mixed-media art, and visiting the Disney theme parks.


 
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2019 Stuart Air Show Key Leaders

Desiree Bonnie, Doug Davis, Mike Clark, Susan Cunnane, Nick Blount, Cheree Ramirez, Coltin Radabaugh, Glenn Rivers, Dewey Vinaya, Jeff Stidham, Ray Giasullo, Dan Strickland, Elisabeth & Alison Glynn, Amy Bottegal, Samantha Ramlall, Cindy Groover, Carol Waldrop, Savannah Brandenstein, Rob Fink, & Jimmy Branden.

 

 
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Air Show Director

skylar gorman - Director

Skylar is excited to be a new addition to the Stuart Air Show team. A Martin County native, she recently relocated from Dallas, Texas, back to her home in South Florida. Skylar attended the Stuart Air Show annually with her family for many years and will always remember the excitement leading up to the show. Her favorite part of the Air Show is the unwavering patriotism the community/ performers display to honor to their country.

Her background includes experience in the nonprofit/event planning arena. In the past, she has raised funds for educational scholarships and research grants for the National Athletic Training Association Foundation. Most recently Skylar was the Development Director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, serving the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County. When she is not working, you will most likely find her with her daughter, Hadley, or taking advantage of the tropic weather – fishing, boating, and enjoying the paradise that we all call home!

 

History of Witham Field

Today, Witham Field with its three runways serves most of the general aviation needs for Martin County and surrounding areas. The airport, just a few miles southeast of the City of Stuart, can accommodate most general aviation aircraft including smaller business jets, and is home to more than 200 private and business aircraft. It also plays host to the largest community event on the Treasure Coast, the annual Stuart Air Show. The airports fixed-based-operators (FBO’s) act as the local terminals for all its users and those visiting Martin County from other locales.

The history of Witham Field is emblematic of the people and County in which it resides. Its very beginning is deeply rooted in duty, patriotism and generosity from the residents of Martin County. As with many rural airports in the 30’s, Martin County Airport was just a grass landing strip. But with the rumblings of war overseas in the 40’s, a group of visionary and patriotic private landowners convened and offered their property to the county, to serve their county.