New Board to Pilot Air Show


Pictured at their final 2014 meeting, members of the Great Lakes International Air Show Board. Left to right, Air Show CEO Hugh Shields, Paul Nicli, Rob Mise, GLIAS President Jim Banman, Bob Hammersley and Paul Corriveau. Absent when the photo was taken, GLIAS Vice President Paul Smith.

Jim Banman, President of the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes International Air Show (GLIAS), has confirmed the appointment of five area business executives to the 2015 – 2016 GLIAS Board.

The airshow has been a major attraction and economic driver since 2006, while donating over $150,000 to local not-for-profit organizations.

Named to the new Board are:

Jim Banman, President – Jade investments;
Paul Smith, Vice President – P.J. Smith & Associates;
Paul Corriveau, Secretary/Treasurer – Railway City Brewing Co.;
Bob Hammersley, Director – St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce;
Rob Mise, Director – 94.1 myFM Radio;
Paul Nicli, Director – RBC Royal Bank.

The Board will work with, and build, a team of over 300 volunteers to produce and deliver the next GLIAS in June 2016.

Details on the next show, including the 2016 theme along with sponsorship and community service opportunities will be announced as soon as possible.

Notice of Opportunity

The Board of Directors of the Great Lakes International Air Show invites expressions of interest and applications from individuals interested in serving on the GLIAS Board of Directors in preparation for the next Air Show in June 2016 at the St. Thomas Municipal Airport.

The Board wishes to add a Treasurer and two more Directors. Each Director will be responsible for one of eight key areas and work with dozens of volunteers under the guidance and supervision of the CEO and the full Board:
• Media & External Communications
• Hospitality & Volunteer Services
• Public Safety/Emergency Services/Security
• Finance & Administration/Banking/Ticketing/Insurance/Compliance
• Air/ Ground Operations
• Site Operations/Vendors
• Sponsorship
• Parking/Transportation

Qualifications: Professional expertise and formal education or certification/designation in any of the eight key areas above is essential, ideally in a senior management/ownership capacity with a proven history of leadership and success. Ability to work in a large team environment and participate in regular meetings is essential. Board meetings are held monthly, at minimum, on weekdays at 4:00 p.m. and are approximately two hours. Group and team meetings will likely involve attendance at times other than normal business hours.
Strong and demonstrated interest in community service and production of a high-quality product are required.
These are strictly volunteer positions with no remuneration.

Please submit applications via email by January 31 to:


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