It takes a whole lot more than a "flashlight and a sheet" to stage a professional show like Operation Wheels of Freedom. Seriously, this charitable undertaking requires an amalgamation of people with diverse backgrounds and professional skill sets. Our team members range in age from late teens to sixty somethings. A common passion and purpose, to honor the men and women who serve in our nation's military, solidifies our friendships and empowers the OWOFF team. Together this cast delivers an " OWOF Command Performance" each and every show.
Dave is an internationally renowned innovation and product development leader with global insight within the automotive and future mobility industry. He has held functional and executive management positions in Europe, Asia and North America, with Prince, Johnson Controls and Yanfeng Automotive as well as being a graduate of and a Vice President at the prestigious Art Center College of Design. He has a passion for connecting passionate and inspirational people to make great things happen.
John’s body of work within the automotive sector includes: motorsports, television advertising, broadcast sports television, displays and exhibits, film and video production, media events, experiential marketing, and learning and performance improvement. He has held senior management positions at Ross Roy Communications, Caribiner International, Jackson-Dawson Communications and Precision Dynamics International.
Kim is a life-long resident of Minnesota, a torchbearer for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and has won numerous racing titles within BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Clubs as well as the famous Cannonball Run series. His professional career has been in the fields of consumer electronics, automotive/motorsports and adult education.
Military Advisor and Educator - Steve retired as a Marine Corps Colonel 12 years ago. A helicopter pilot with over thirty years of operational experience his career encompassed a variety of worldwide assignments including Commanding Officer of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 and Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Station New River. His last assignment was as Chief of Staff for Marine Corps Installations East, the headquarters command for seven east coast installations. Steve is currently an Associate Professor of Joint Military Operations at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Kristine is a resource development specialist offering leadership experience as an executive director and front-line major gift and planned giving officer. Kristine has a 20+ year proven track record of securing funds for major gift and planned gift/legacy fundraising, cross-cultural fundraising. She enjoys building community awareness while securing funding through public-private partnerships. Kristine’s vocation in philanthropy is driven by a servant leadership model.
Corey is a nationally recognized expert developer of automated mobility systems. For 10-years, he served in the U.S. Marines. Being among the first Marine computer technicians on F/A-18 fighter jets, he was meritoriously selected for promotion and trained as a fighter jet pilot.
Jim began drag racing cars in the mid 1960’s and continues today. He is a founding member of the Cars, Inc. Camaro racing team, having raced in the World’s Fastest Streetcar Events. Since retiring from Volkswagen of America, where he managed the company vehicle program, Jim spends his free time restoring classic muscle cars.
Mike is an automotive training specialist who knows and understands the intricacies of cars and trucks, few people in the industry match Mike for expertise and experience. Mike’s extraordinary background includes: special vehicle engineering/manufacturing and a successful professional motorsports career.
Jeff has been in the adult-learning, marketing, shows & events and training business for more than 25 years and has held senior creative roles with agencies across the country. Over the course of his career, Jeff’s clients have included virtually every automotive OEM in the business.
Roberta’s extensive career spans decades of producing consumer and corporate video, graphics, interactive displays, content for national consumer shows and corporate meetings, marketing and experiential training events. She enjoys recognition with numerous national awards and a reputation for being exceptionally organized and dependable, with a focus on the automotive, health care and non-profit sectors.
Nick is a college student determined to secure a career position at a tech giant in Silicon Valley. His father is a US Army combat veteran who served honorably in Iraq during both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, so Nick answered our request for IT assistance without a moment of hesitation. He is currently paying his college tuition by working as an Apple retail sales representative.
Tom is an award winning DP with an Emmy award among his industry credits. He is a US Marine Corps veteran, having served proudly as a combat photographer/cameraman during the Vietnam War. Tom is also an aviator who can register along with his many other achievements, winning a class championship at the Reno Air Races.
Jessica honed her social media skill sets while owning and operating a nationally franchised fitness business. Her Fit4Mom exercise programs address the health and fitness needs of both new mothers and expecting mothers.
Linda is a seasoned professional in the areas of large-scale operations, leadership, strategic planning, and project management. She has held numerous community volunteer positions including serving as a board member for Southeast Michigan American Red Cross, Wayne State University School of Liberal Arts. She is a Past President of both the Michigan State Council of Junior Leagues and the Junior League of Detroit. Linda is currently employed by Calmont Wire and Cable, as a Regional Sales Manager.