Board of Directors
Joe Krenowicz: President
Joe Krenowicz is the Executive Director for the Madras Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys loud engines, fast planes, and watching families share an up close and personal Airshow. As Board President, he is involved in Public Relations & Media, but he also serves as our Logistics Coordinator. Joe has served on several local and Central Oregon boards, held elected positions with the City of Madras, and once owned a NAPA Auto Parts store. In his spare time he enjoys boating, camping, and snowmobiling.
Bruce Hoyt: Vice President
Bruce Hoyt relocated to Madras to enjoy the Central Oregon life and brings his sense of a better community through involvement. He is a retired public sector manager with more than 30 years of experience in public-private utilities and development. Bruce has oversees parking and ticketing for the Airshow for efficient flow and space utilization. He works directly with Logistics to help provide a better all-around experience for our attendees.
Rick Allen: Secretary / Treasurer
Rick Allen serves on the Airshow Board as the Secretary and Treasurer and, while he deals with many facets of the Airshow, his primary duties include finance and working with aerobatic performers. He spends his free time floating the rivers of the west. Rick splits his time between business and public sector positions.
Rob Berg: Board Member
Rob Berg and his wife Tracy own and operate Berg Air LLC and manage the Madras Municipal Airport for the City of Madras. Rob serves on numerous local Boards and Commissions and has been involved with the Airshow of the Cascades since its inception in 2000. He is a multi- and single-engine rated pilot in addition to being an Airframe and Power plant certified Aircraft Maintenance Technician with Inspection Authorization privileges. While holding a position with the Department of Defense he traveled extensively – visiting over 68 different countries and every state in the US!
Tom Brown: Board Member
Tom Brown began working with the Airshow in the early stages. With a lifetime interest in aircraft and photography, the Airshow was a natural fit for his talents. He has served the Board in many capacities over the years, including as a past President for three year term. A life-long resident of Madras and local business owner, Tom has volunteered for many years on the Madras City Council, Redevelopment Commission, Airport-Industrial Site Committee, Chamber Board, Boy Scouts and many others. He and his wife spend their free time traveling and doing photography.
Mark Carman: Board Member
Mark served as the Emergency Manager for Jefferson County and brings 30+ years experience in Emergency Services to the Airshow. Mark’s primary role in the Airshow is to provide a safe environment for visitors and participants, and be the liaison between the participating Emergency Service agencies. Mark and his wife live in Madras and enjoy all that Central Oregon has to offer.
Margaret Kincaid: Board Member
Margaret Kincaid is a teacher who also coaches tennis at Madras High School. She came to Central Oregon in 1991 and has been very involved in her community including serving a seven-year position on the Madras Aquatic Center (MAC) Board as well as acting as Interim Executive Director. She is active on many boards including the American Legion Auxiliary...when she’s not teaching cake decorating! Margaret began volunteering at the Airshow in 2010 before becoming our first-ever Volunteer Coordinator in 2015. With the connections she has built over the years, she is an invaluable resource when it comes to Volunteers.
Ben Ochs: Board Member
Ben was raised on a cattle ranch near Madras. He and his siblings began flying with their father, Ron, off their alfalfa fields in Cessna 180’s and 185’s. They helped in the restoration of their 1941 Navy N3N-3 biplane and 1914 French Nieuport, a World War I fighter, now donated to the Museum of Flight near Seattle. They helped host fly-ins held at the ranch. Ben is a licensed pilot with time in a wide variety of aircraft. He serves as Fly-In Director and leads an excellent crew responsible for receiving all incoming aircraft, inviting antiques and unusual aircraft to the airshow.
Ron Ochs: Founder - 2020
Sadly, we lost one of our Airshow founders in June 2020. Ron Ochs moved to the Madras area in the 1950’s and ran a cattle ranch. A former F-86 pilot, he flew private planes, restored an antique bi-plane (a Navy N3N-3), and built a World War I fighter (a French Nieuport) which now sits in the Museum of Flight near Seattle. He and his family hosted fly-ins at their ranch in the late 70’s and early 80’s which were popular and well attended by local residents. Eventually, the fly-ins moved to Madras and included aerial acts. The Airshow has named a Chalet in his honor.
Nick Snead: Board Member
Nick Snead works for the City of Madras and has been a volunteer for the Airshow since 2014. As a Madras resident he has a strong sense of advocacy for community, growth and support.
Judy Solso: Board Member
Judy Solso, moved to Madras in 2000 and became a volunteer with the Airshow to get involved in a community event. During her tenure, she has built great relationships with our sponsors, partners and vendors. As a former flight attendant, she's a perfect fit for the Airshow. She is currently a buyer for a local business and works for 509-J School district.
Melanie Widmer: Board Member
Melanie Widmer got involved in the early days of the Airshow through her work on the Madras Airport and Industrial Park Committee. She oversees Airshow Hospitality including performer transportation, VIP and other high profile guest areas. Melanie owns and operates Madras Sanitary Service, and is retired from a 14-year stint on Madras City Council, where she served her last six years as Mayor.
Don Mobley: Board Member Emeritus
Don Mobley, is one of the founders of our Airshow. A former US Navy Pilot, Don flies corporate jets for Les Schwab during the day and was active in airshow management for many years in his spare time. Don has performed in past airshows flying a Pitts, RV-4, and most recently doing his famous Clown Act in a Citabria or Super Cub.