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State Aviation Board Biographies
The State Aviation Board was created by the 1999 Oregon Legislative Assembly through Senate Bill 108. Seven members of the public serve on the Board by appointment of the Governor and are responsible to provide policy guidance and oversight to the Department of Aviation.
 
 Mark Gardiner Mark Gardiner of Portland comes to the Oregon Aviation Board with 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, financial and business advisor, public official and manager in a broad range of industries, including aviation. He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for two Oregon technology companies, and is a partner in Western Financial Group, which provides financial counsel to businesses and governments. Since the early 1990’s he’s been a principal in AvroTec, Inc., a company involved with developing new aviation technologies. For AvroTec, Mark participated in the NASA Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE) program, developing technology and standards for advanced cockpit systems.
 
In addition to his extensive experience in business and finance, Mark has been a pilot and aircraft owner for over 30 years. On the Aviation Board, Mark is focused on improving Oregon's aviation facilities, expanding air transportation and expanding Oregon's aerospace industry and employment. Term expires 6/30/2016.
Jack Loacker of Portland is a retired attorney and has served on the State Aviation Board since February 2002. He is a general aviation pilot who served for over 30 years as a Navigator and Weapons Systems Officer in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, retiring in 1992. Loacker is committed to ensuring that Oregon’s airports thrive as they serve the broader communities in which they are located. In addition to the State Aviation Board, he also serves on the Portland Providence Medical Foundation Board and the Board of Ecotrust in Portland. With his wife Lynn, they own two vineyards in Yamhill County and are in partnership with David Adelsheim in Adelsheim Vineyard. Term expires 6/30/2013.
 
Larry Dalrymple Larry Dalrymple currently works for the City of Pendleton as the Airport Manager and Economic Development Director.  He was appointed to the State Aviation Board by the Oregon Senate on 7/1/07.   As the Economic Development Director for the City of Pendleton, he has concentrated on Industrial Development and as the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport Manager his goal is to maintain commercial air service, provide excellent opportunities for local and itinerant general aviation, and to work on industrial development near and around the airport in conjunction with the City’s recent expansion of their urban growth boundary and industrial land base.  He served as the President of the Oregon Airport Manager’s Association (OAMA) from October 05 to Sept 06, and has been a member for over 10 years. Term expires 6/30/2015.   
 
 
Chris Corich,comes to the State Aviation Board with over 24 years of aviation experience.  He recently retired from the Port of Portland as their General Manager of Long Range Airport Planning.  In that role, he led the planning efforts for the Port’s four airports including Portland International, and also had responsibility for the Noise Office that works on noise issues for Port airports.  At the Port, he had previously worked as the General Manager of Operations and Maintenance where he was responsible for the day to day operations of PDX including the Airport Fire Department, Airfield Operations, Maintenance, Parking, and the Noise Office and has also served as the Manager for the General Aviation Airports – Hillsboro, Troutdale, and Mulino.  Chris also worked as an airport planning consultant where he completed master plans, airport layout plans, environmental assessments, and management studies at eleven airports in the State. Term expires 6/30/2014.
  
 
Joe Smith's connection to aviation began in 1963 when, as A.A. to an Oregon congressman, he joined the Congressional Flying Club, and got his ticket flying out of Friendship Airport (now BWI). He then went to work for a law firm specializing in aviation law, and developed a keen interest in maintaining a healthy American aviation system.
 
Since then he's served as District Attorney for Umatilla County, Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission, and a short stint holding an interim position in the Oregon House of Representatives. Between 1986 and 2000, while maintaining an active private law practice, he was a senior consultant with what is now Franklin Covey Company, helping private and government organizations improve their efficiency and effectiveness. Joe was first appointed to the Aviation Board in 2001 by then Governor Kitzhaber, and after being off the Board due to his serving in the legislature was reappointed in 2005 by Governor Kulongoski. He presently serves as president of the Oregon Pilots’ Association, with a two year term ending in December 2009. He lives in Portland with his spouse Meredith. Term expires
6/30/2014.
 Nan Garnick Nan Garnick is a lifetime resident of Central Oregon.  Her aviation career began shortly before graduation from Redmond High School, as a bookkeeper’s assistant at Butler Aircraft.  The explosive growth of aviation in Redmond and Central Oregon fostered Nan’s aviation business acumen.  In 2006, Nan and her pilot husband, Travis, fulfilled a longtime dream of a buyout of Butler Aircraft.  As the VP/General Manager, Nan supervises the day-to-day operations of the FBO at Redmond, Roberts Field as well as the fire-fighting air tanker business. 
 
Soon to be a licensed pilot, combined with 30 plus years of experience, she is a very strong and knowledgeable aviation advocate.  Nan’s balanced approach, common sense, and listening skills provided a strong platform to contribute to the on-going growth of aviation heritage in the State of Oregon. Term expires 6/30/2015.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Hudgens was born in Southern California and raised in the Great Northwest (Washington and Oregon), graduated from Washington State University, was commissioned an officer in the US Navy.  Lieutenant Hudgens was winged Naval Aviator #25010, with his first choice assignment of Atsugi, Japan. Throughout southwest Asia he flew a few years with the Infamous HSL-51 Warlords, as a SH-60B LAMPS pilot. Trained in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, he flew for over three years throughout southwest Asia while based in Japan. When he returned to the United States, he was a Program Manager at the National Headquarters for Navy Recruiting while simultaneously earning his MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

After separating from active duty, Paul briefly flew as an airline pilot, but found his niche as a commodities trader and business development consultant. His love of aviation and business management keeps him ‘grounded’ in the consulting world, brokering deals to fly and buy aircraft. "Attitude determines your Altitude”, Paul always says. Now based in Portland, Oregon with substantial experience in the commercial and military aviation arena, anything dealing with business and aviation makes his sky limitless.  Term expires 6/30/2015

For more information on the Board and Commisions (including an application form), visit the Governor´s Executive appointments web page.