Leadership

Our legacy of success rests on the shoulders of the entire OARS team. Our expertise and drive are integral to every mission we serve.

Col Tony 'Ripper' Nerad, USMC (Ret.)

Executive Vice President

A University of Minnesota graduate, Tony served as a Naval Aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly 30 years. During that time, Tony accumulated over 3500 tactical hours flying the AV-8B and the F-16C as an exchange pilot with the U.S. Air Force. Both ashore and afloat, Tony has supported multiple U.S. operations around the world and Commanded both VMA-211 and MAG-13, where he was also the AV-8B Type/Model/Series Lead for the Naval Aviation Enterprise. Additionally, he has served on the Staff of the Commander Naval Air Forces, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and U.S. Forces, Iraq, and the Marine Corps Training and Education Command. Tony earned a Master of Science degree in Management from Troy University, as well as a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He now serves as OARS’ Executive Vice President.


Bill Schaefer

Chairman of the Board and Interim President

LCDR Ryan ‘Murf’ Murphy, USN (Ret.)

Senior Vice President, Operations and Finance

Col Tony 'Ripper' Nerad, USMC (Ret.)

Executive Vice President

CDR Chris ‘Swede’ Sorensen, USN (Ret.)

Director, Operations

Libby Vertz

Director of Communications

Karen Roberts

Director of Business Management

LT John 'Big' Banitt

Chief Pilot

MSgt Ken McNamara, USAF (Ret.)

Chief Flight Engineer

Matthew Schaff

Director of Business Operations

Amy Goense

Marketing Coordinator