The Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society

The Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society is a Texas non-profit corporation founded to research, promote and preserve the rich aeronautical heritage of Houston and Southeast Texas. A diverse group of aviation, architecture and history enthusiasts founded the Society in 1998. The Society includes persons from all walks of life, including students and retirees, architects and attorneys, educators and engineers, community leaders and commercial pilots.

The Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society is recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service. The Society is funded through private and public grants, corporate and personal contributions and net proceeds from revenue generating endeavors such as Museum Memberships and Gift Shop sales.

The central mission for the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society is its 1940 Air Terminal Museum Project. The Society is restoring the long-vacant Houston Municipal Airport Terminal for the City of Houston. As restoration is completed in phases, the Society will outfit and operate the 1940 Air Terminal as an interactive museum showcasing the role and importance of civil aviation in the Houston area since the dawn of manned flight.


Amy Rogers
Administrator of the museum

Amy Rogers is the Administrator of the Museum. During 2012, she has also served as the Corporation's Secretary and Treasurer. Amy holds a BA in History from Sam Houston State University where her focus was on Public History.

Before becoming Administrator, Amy worked as an unpaid intern at the Museum for two years. She is an accomplished grant writer. In addition to her work at the Museum, Amy was elected during 2012 to serve as Councilor at Large of the Southeast Texas Museums Association (SETMA).

Officers and directors

Eric J. Speck
Chairman of the Board / Director

Eric J. Speck holds a BS in Finance from the University of Denver and an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago. He retired from Sabre Holdings, a publicly traded S&P 500 company, following a 26-year career during which he rose to the positions of President of Sabre Travel Network Division when the company was owned by American Airlines, and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Sabre Holdings following its spin-off.

While at Sabre, Eric was responsible for its relationships with all airlines worldwide. Sabre Holdings owns and its Airline Solutions Division provides over 200 airlines with reservations, pricing, yield management, crew scheduling, flight planning and flight operating systems. He served over ten years as a board member of The Travel Institute, and was a launch contributor to American Airlines' C. R. Smith Aviation Museum. He is the owner of Specktacular Travel, LLC.

John L. Graves
President and Chief Operating Officer / Director

John L. Graves is a Director, and the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation. He has been a volunteer at the Museum since 2004, previously holding the position of Collections Manager from 2006 to 2011. He researched and wrote the Museum's collection procedures manual, and co-created the Museum's aircraft marshaller certification program.

He holds a BA (double) in History & Political Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies with Merit from the University of Leicester. His Masters research examined the characteristics necessary for young, growing museums to make the transition from a pioneering stage to sustainability and success.

He serves on the organizing committee of the Airline Historian/Archivist Group. He is the founder and President of Graves & Co., an oil & gas transaction consulting firm, and its affiliates Oilfield Management Service LLC and Environmental Management Service LLC.

Marjorie Evans

Marjorie Evans is a Director. She has worked for 43 years with and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., a world-wide provider of services to corporate and general aviation. She also serves on the boards of The ESCAPE Family Resource Center, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Hobby Center Foundation and The Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast District Exchange Clubs.

Marjorie is a charter member and holds office in the Hobby Airport Area Exchange Club and is president of the Marjorie E. Evans Foundation. Marjorie has formerly served as President of the Texas Gulf Coast District Exchange Clubs and on the Board of Directors of The Masquerade Theatre, Pearland/Hobby Chamber of Commerce, the Scholarship Program for Houston Youth and the University of St. Thomas. Marjorie is a Life Member of the Museum.

Bernard Morris

Bernard Morris is a Director and the Vice President/Operations of the Corporation. He is a product of the New York public school system, having attended Springfield Gardens H.S. in Jamaica, NY, and John Jay Criminal College of New York.

He began his commercial aviation career with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in the 1970s, and continued with Pan Am, TWA, Air Atlanta and Eastern Airlines before joining Air France in 1994, where he remained until taking early retirement in 2012. He has been a volunteer with the Museum since 2006, and a Director since 2009. He is a private pilot.

Oscar Nipper

Oscar Nipper is a Director. He has served on the Board from the founding of the Corporation. He holds a JD from Indiana University (1958), an MBA (1954) and BBA (1952) from the University of Texas, and an Associate Degree (1950) from Lon Morris Junior College. He became a CPA in 1953. Oscar served in the U.S. Merchant Marine in WWII, including duty in the Philippines. In 1954, he returned to service as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Staff and Faculty, Finance School, Department of Comptroller Training, at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana.

In 1958 he transferred to the Reserves, and was later discharged in 1961 with the rank of Captain. Oscar founded his office for the practice of law and accounting, The Law Firm of Oscar Nipper, in 1958. He learned how to fly while in the Army, and later partnered with others to own a Cessna 310 and a Beechcraft Bonanza. Perhaps more than anyone else, Oscar is the father of the efforts made to save the Houston Municipal Airport Terminal from the wrecking ball. Much of his valuable work in this vein preceded the founding of the Corporation.

Blair McFarlain
Volunteer Coordinator and Director

Blair McFarlain is the Volunteer Coordinator and a Director. He won the President's Cup as Volunteer of the Year for 2012. Blair has been a volunteer at the Museum for over seven years. He joined the Museum in the Spring of 2006 following Barrington Irving's record-setting solo flight around the world. Whenever there is work to be done, Blair will be there. His input and advice concerning procedures and operations have been invaluable.

Blair serves as our webmaster, social media coordinator, and volunteer coordinator. He is prominent among our raffle plane pilots, and serves on our Wings & Wheels committee. His work during 2012 in securing and improving the effectiveness of our website has proved to be a game changer in the way the Museum raises operating funds. His hobbies include aviation and photography and he has combined those hobbies by creating websites for both for aviation photography, and (in conjunction with fellow museum volunteer Max Tribolet) for pilots in the Houston area. Blair is a System Administrator for Weatherford Labs in Houston, Texas. We are grateful for his service to the Museum.

Harper B. Trammell
Vice Chairman of the Board

Harper B. Trammell is Vice Chairman of the Board. He holds a BS, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University, an MBA from the University of Texas, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

In addition to the Museum, Harper serves on the boards of St. John's School, The Foundation for DePelchin Children's Center, The Fondren Foundation, as well as several advisory councils at the University of Texas. Harper earned his private pilot certificate when he was 17 and currently holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings.

Michael Loft

Michael Loft, a native of Great Britain, recently retired as Marketing and Sales Director for Air France where he worked for the past 38 years developing new air routes, and expanding commerce, tourism and trade in over 20 countries. He led the team that launched Air France as a major player in the oil & gas sector, and established Air France's Petroleum Club.

He is a former president of the Houston Airline Managers Association, the Houston SKAL Club, and the Houston Air Cargo Association. He was personally awarded "Honorary Texan" by President George W. Bush. A graduate of North Wales College, he is a proud American citizen...and Texan. He and his wife Kelly, a celebrated chef, co-own Plan Like a Chef™ which promotes the sales of 26 original event planning books.

Marie Paulette Wilkinson

Marie Paulette Wilkinson worked for Air France for 46 years beginning at Idlewild Airport in NYC in 1961 as a reservations agent. She transferred to LAX as reservations supervisor and then to Houston as a customer promotion agent in 1978. She was promoted to sales rep in 1980 and finally to Account Executive covering accounts in DFW and Houston. She attended the Institute of Certified Travel Agents in Wellesley, MA, earning her CTC in 1980; she went on to coordinate study groups in Houston.

She graduated in 1999, Phi Theta Kappa, with an AAS degree in Geological Technology from North Harris County College. Her board service has included ten years on the board of the Desk and Derrick Club, where she was president of the Houston chapter in 2007 and 2011, the financial oversight team and the audit committee of Atascocita Lutheran Church, and the board of Harris County MUD 132 for four terms - 18 years from 1990 to 2008, where her positions have included director, vice president and president.

Advisory board members

The Advisory Board was created by resolution of the Board of Directors in October 2012. As of December 31, 2012, the Advisory Board was comprised of seven individuals having professional backgrounds in commercial aviation, finance, the practice of law, commercial aviation services, and corporate aviation. The Advisory Board is comprised of the following persons:

T. Christian Ogden

T. Christian Ogden is the Manager/Land & Legal at Graves & Co. He has previously worked with Right of Way Land Services in Fort Worth as In-house Counsel & Project Manager. He holds a BA (double) in Philosophy & English from the University of Texas San Antonio, and a JD from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a licensed real estate broker.

Robin Russell

Robin Russell is the Managing Director of the Houston office of Andrews Kurth, a law firm with offices in nine cities around the world. She also co-chairs the firm's national bankruptcy practice. In addition to her restructuring and reorganizing work both in and out-of-court, she provides strategic advice to corporate clients and independent boards on the legal risks associated with counterparty insolvency and the structuring of acquisitions to minimize economic risks.

Robin has been with Andrews Kurth for 24 years. She holds an LLM in Banking Law Studies from Boston University School of Law, a JD cum laude from Baylor Law School where she was Highest Ranking Graduate, editor-in-chief of the Law Review, and listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and a BS magna cum laude in International Trade from Texas Tech University.

Vincent Smith

Vincent Smith holds a BS in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University at Daytona Beach. He has spent his entire career as a pilot and instructor in general, business and corporate aviation. He has served as pilot for Black Swan Jet Charter, American General Corporation, Landry's Restaurants, and Dominion Resources. He is presently a pilot for Southwestern Energy Company. He is a Life Member of the Museum, and an energetic Museum volunteer.

Jeffrey C. Weiss

Jeffrey C. Weiss holds a BS, magna cum laude - Honors College, in Economics from Michigan State University. He has been a financial advisor in the securities industry for thirty-seven years, and is presently senior vice president - investments at Raymond James & Associates, Inc. where he provides investment, retirement, and estate planning for individual clients. He was previously with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney or one of its predecessors.

He holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating and is a life member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Jeffrey has been flying since 1977. He is a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, an EAA Young Eagles Flight Squadron Leader and a Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force. He is a significant benefactor, an ardent supporter, and Life Member of the Museum.

Major Benefactors

The Houston Endowment Paul F. Barnhart, Sr. The Brown Foundation
Cultural Arts Council of Houston & Harris County Jay & Charlotte Tribble The Fondren Foundation
Jeffrey Weiss The Trammell Foundation Sterling Bank
Gulfway Hobby Airport Rotary Club Ella F. Fondren 1982 Trust The Strake Foundation
Continental Airlines Southwest Airlines National Trust for Historic Preservation
Texas Preservation Trust Tribble & Stephens Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
Harper & Kelly Trammell Sterling Bank The Strake Foundation
Elkins Foundation Herzstein Foundation J. Randall Holstead
Competition Roofing, Inc. The Glasscock Foundation  
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation