Executive Board Members
Formerly Executive Director of ACAP (Aviation Consumer Action Project) and aviation attorney: Treasurer FlyersRights.org
Bio coming soon.
Kendall Wright is doubly retired; first, from a 21-year aviation career in the US Air Force, and second, from a career in Information Technology as a senior consultant with Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, and the Hewlett-Packard Company. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Ken graduated from Colorado State University in 1968. He also holds an MBA from Central Michigan University. His Air Force career included flying C-141, C-130 and C-5 transports and several staff and management jobs. In his second career, he worked with Digital’s products and became a senior consultant in Microsoft operating systems and applications. His second retirement came in 2005, and he now devotes his time to his county’s Adult Literacy and to working as Director of Support Operations for FlyersRights.org, along with writing and editing many of our commuications. He lives in northern California abd has two daughters and one grandchild.
Joel J Smiler
Board Member and Hotline Director FlyersRights.org
Dr. Joel Smiler: is a graduate of the 1969 Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Smiler and his wife Dr. Kathy Smiler (also a veterinarian) have four boys, an Akita, and a pug. They moved from Vermont in May 2004. From 1973 to 1993, Dr.Smiler was in partnership and management of the North Hills Veterinary Hospital, in Rochester, Michigan. He is also the president of Rex Point Kennels, Inc., a large suburban pet boarding facility. Dr. Smiler is an accomplished practitioner and enjoys many areas of veterinary medicine, most notably behavior and dermatology.
Board Member FlyersRights.org
Tim Hanni is the first North American in history to pass the coveted Master of Wine Exam. Tim is a chef by training and speaks all over the world about flavor balancing and why wine and food matching is a myth. Tim is known by the Wall Street Journal as “The Wine Anti-snob” and is celebrated worldwide as a “flavor maven”. Tim speaks before the Monell Insitute in Japan on molecular gastronomy and is known worldwide as a gregarious expert who’s time has come! Tim worked at Beringer Wine Estates for 12 years as Director of International Accounts and during his tenure there he conducted studies on PH balance of airline passengers when flying, and related it to the Finnair menu’s when designing the types of food and wines people would enjoy while flying which are quite different than the types of food they enjoy on the ground, largely due to stressors involved with air travel and a change in PH balance due to that stress!
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