Volunteer members of the South Grand Lake Regional Airport Board of Directors:
Brent Howard, Board Chairman
Bob Sullivan, Board Secretary
Layne Enloe, Board Treasurer
Donna Belt, Board Member
Art Box, Board Member
Dedicated Grand Laker and South Grand Lake Regional Airport Board Member, Art Box, became fascinated with aviation at a young age and earned his pilot’s license in 1968. It was an advertisement in a magazine which drew his attention to take his first flight lesson in a Cessna for a mere $5.00. He has been hooked on flying ever since logging some 4,000 hours.
The former Army veteran who hails from Tahlequah, Oklahoma discovered Grand Lake in the 1960’s. He and his wife, June, have been full-time residents for over 22 years. Very active in the lake community, Art currently serves as a Board Member of the South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce and has served two terms as the President of the Grand Lake Association.
Fifteen years ago Art began Pine Lodge Resort, a beautiful lakeside cabin retreat, which has grown into a five-star lodging experience. Coining the phrase, “Grand Lake, The Crown Jewel of Oklahoma”- speaks volumes as to Art’s love and pride of the area in which he resides.
As a SGLRA Board Member, Box has been excited to see the growth of the airport over the years and understands the important role that regional airports play in a small community. Helping maintain the grounds of the airport takes a group effort on everyone’s part and is one that he is happy to assist with. He is proud to sit on the Board of many accomplished individuals who all share a common goal of growth and expansion.
Staying busy is nothing new to Art Box, but when he finds spare time you can find him fishing and boating on the waters of Grand Lake. He enjoys the people in the area, accommodating tourists and the peacefulness that Grand Lake brings.
Jim Brown, Board Member
Board Member, Jim Brown, comes to the South Grand Lake Regional Airport with a background in industry franchising. Owning his own business for 18 years, Jim owned multiple Moto Photo franchises around Tulsa; later guiding others into owning their own franchising opportunities. Brown finally retired from Comfort Keepers, a Sedexo Company, as the Vice President of Franchise Development. Growing up in Oklahoma City, Jim became interested in aviation at a young age while living in Midland, Texas. He had a roommate that encouraged him to fly and was hooked after only one lesson. He officially obtained his pilots liscense in 1974. He is currently in a partnership on a Cessna 182 and has flown over 2,000 hours. Jim and his wife Paula, who serves as a member of the Girlfriends of the Airport, enjoy easy ride flights around the four state area all year long. Coming to Grand Lake for the first time in 1981, Jim fell in love with the area which became his avid weekend retreat. The scenery and friendly people were a draw to the friendly franchiser who built a home here in 1996. He sat on the airport board from 2002 to 2004 before moving to Ohio, returning to Grand Lake for good in 2013. Brown came back on as a SGL Airport Board Member in 2015. Jim Brown has enjoyed watching the airport gain several things over the years, including the 5,000 foot runway, self service fuel pump and new hangars. He is proud to serve on the Board with other area leaders who govern the airport and volunteer their time. His passion for flight is still in full swing and he has become an instrumental part of the upkeep of the 100 acres of property in which the airport sits on in Ketchum, Oklahoma.
Derrick Schmidt, Board Member
Gary Watkins, Board Member
Tulsa businessman and licensed pilot, Gary Watkins, joined the South Grand Lake Regional Airport Board in July of 2017. The Tulsa native earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from The University of Tulsa and obtained his pilot license soon after graduation. Over the years, Watkins has logged many hours as a pilot and has owned various aircrafts (Bonanza A36TC, King Air C90, Turbo Commander and 310). Watkins flew to and attended the ground breaking ceremony at 1K8 when the runway was an unpaved strip in the grass and has watched SGLRA grow and evolve over the years. His passion for aviation keeps him active at the South Grand Lake Regional Airport as well as the R.L. Jones Riverside Airport in Tulsa. As a SGLRA Board Member, Watkins is excited to be part of the growth of the airport and the community. Having raised his family in active aviation and water settings, when not flying or at the airport, you’ll find Watkins spending time with his wife Meg and their family out and about on Grand Lake.
Dave Wolfard, Board Member
John Ballard, Carl Clay, Art Couch, Jeff Ducato, Phil Frazer, R.J.Gomez, Gary Heitgrass, Dan LeGrant, Brian Ruth, Frank Sommer, Charles Sublett, Dan Diehl, and Wilson Jones.