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 volunteers, the Stuart Air Show encapsulates a true sense of community and volunteerism.
Board of Directors
Get to Know the Board
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.
Dewey has been a part of the Stuart Airshow since 2012 initially as an act (Black Daggers) and now as a member of the Board of Directors. Born in Vientiane Laos, Dewey moved to the USA in 1975. with his brothers, Kahm and Mikey. He volunteered for active service in 1992 and served 23 years as a US Army Paratrooper until his retirement in 2015. He married his lovely wife Lauren in 2010 and they now spend their days chasing their 3.5 year old son, Raymond, around the house.
Desiree Bonnie is a local Realtor with RE/MAX of Stuart having now lived 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 Airshows 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!
Air Show Director
Originally from Medford Lakes, NJ, Susan moved to Florida in 1992. She moved to Martin County from Aventura, FL in 2006. A graduate of Hofstra University with a BBA in Marketing, She has an extensive professional background in retail management in both New York City and Palm Beach, FL. She was with Treasure Coast Newspapers for four years before becoming the Director of the Stuart Air Show in August 2016. Susan is a graduate of LEADERship Martin County (Class 24) and served on the Board of HR Martin and as VP of Membership for three years. Susan is an avid runner and enjoys reading and organic gardening. Her husband, Pat, whom she married in Ireland live in Palm City, FL with “the Three Stooges” – their dogs Larry, Curly and Mo.
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.