Board of Directors
Bob Apetz has proudly served his community in a multitude of ways that have benefited thousands of children over the years. Beginning more than 30 years ago, he and his family have served in both community and educational endeavors as well as coaching team sports. During his almost decade-long service on the Keller ISD Board of Trustees, first as Secretary and then as President, Bob was also serving in the capacity as President of the Parochial School parent association and as the United Way Facilitator at his place of employment.
His strong sense of “giving back” is a trait that has been passed on to his children as they have served as volunteer coaches with the Special Olympics and his wife was awarded as “Volunteer of the Year” from her employer.
Bob’s professional career spanned 40 years with Burlington Northern Railway, first in Lincoln, NE. and then in Fort Worth, TX, where he held management positions in Payroll, Crew Management, and in management for Labor Relations.
Since 2009, he has been involved with Snowball Express, first as our Director of Hotels and family accommodation services.
Bob and his wife Karen count themselves as richly blessed to be the friends of so many Gold Star families and now, during their retirement years, they spend their time with their children Andrew and Kensley, and their four grandchildren who delight in calling him “Papa Bear”.
Buck has more than 30 years of executive management experience with extensive experience in retail operations, Corporate Loss Prevention/Security, and remodel operations. He has worked for Neiman Marcus for the past 17 years. Prior to working for Neiman Marcus, Buck was employed by Bullock’s Department stores and Macy’s in Los Angeles, where he held store and corporate management positions in both Operations and Loss Prevention.
Career highlights include: In 2007, Buck was selected to receive Neiman Marcus’ most prestigious award, the “NM BEST” award. This honor is awarded to a very select few individuals nationwide who exemplify high standards and professional excellence. While working for Bullock’s Department stores in Los Angeles, Buck was selected to manage the most aggressive and complex store remodel ever undertaken by the company. He completed the project in record time and was honored with the CEO’s “Profiles in Excellence” award for his achievement.
Buck is the son of the late Commander Francis X. Kern III (USN ret., served from 1942 to 1970). Cdr. Kern served as a Naval Intelligence officer for more that 25 years. Buck was privileged to witness the example of his father’s service to this great country, and to learn from the example he set.
Buck resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife Nina.
After graduating from St. Edward’s University in 2000, he started his career with a Dallas CPA firm and quickly rose through the ranks to become an officer within the firm and managed the Audit practice. Chris later became a Partner in a top 10 national accounting firm where he continued to serve his clients with the highest professional and ethical standards.
Realizing he wanted to work more closely with his clients, Chris began his own CPA practice in 2012. Chris’ experience and expertise in mergers and acquisitions, taxation, financial standards and budgetary consulting have made him an asset to many of his clients, as a contract CFO and Board consultant.
Chris is active in the community and he joined Snowball Express in May of 2012 as the volunteer CFO and Treasurer and became a board member in December of 2012.
Chris also chairs a local golf tournament benefiting the Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas (honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice).
She is a highly creative, self-motivated professional with proven insight for facility operations, problem analysis and resolution, and customer relations. In her current role Brenda provides superior customer service to high profile clients such as Neiman Marcus and Wilson Associates, an interior design firm.
Brenda trains purchasing agents nationwide, coordinates new location openings and location moves, negotiates service contracts, vehicle and equipment leases, and selects and establishes nationwide vendor partnerships.
Prior to her current position at Thomas Reprographics, Brenda was the City Support Manager responsible for staffing and operations for 10 DFW locations. Before joining Thomas Reprographics in 2001, Brenda spent 12 years working for Ridgway’s, a multimillion-dollar reprographic service provider to the Design and Construction Industry. During her tenure she held several positions including Customer Service Manager, Facilities Manager, Store Manager and Branch Manager. Her client companies included NASA, Bechtel, Fluor Daniel, 3DI, CRSS, Continental Airlines and Amoco.
Brenda trained and empowered employees to be solution providers. In 1992, she was responsible for the installation and implementation of the first Digital Press allowing transition of flight manuals to a digital workflow reducing production time from weeks to days. She managed various projects requiring one million copies in twenty-four hours with overnight distribution. Brenda provided 24-hour support to attorneys and government in confidential classified cases. She was responsible for consolidating operations of the underperforming Denver locations. Her restructure efforts resulted in the Denver operation achieving the number one ranking for the most profitable store. Brenda was responsible for developing budgets and projecting revenues and expense for three profit centers. She identified opportunities and collaborated with the technical team to train managers on accounting processes. She also implemented a digital workflow on-site facility for Amoco.
AAFES is a $9 billion dollar multi-channel retail organization headquartered in Dallas which serves military customers in 30 countries.
Bill served 34 years in the USAF in a variety of jobs and locations around the world. An air mobility and logistics expert, he commanded large flying organizations, served in NATO, worked in the Pentagon, and was responsible for multi-billion dollar acquisition portfolios.
His formal education includes an undergraduate degree in zoology and physiology, and two master’s degrees in business management and international security from Central Michigan and the US Naval War College, respectively. He is also a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School, Program for Executives, and from two senior executive programs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Bill is president of On-Time Supply and Logistics, Incorporated, a freight forwarding and product distribution company in the DFW area. He is a member of the Ft Worth Airpower Council and a passionate supporter of Snowball Express since 2008.
Jeffrey Hebig has held strategic leadership roles with PepsiCo/Tricon/Yum! Brands and recently retired as the Vice President and General Manager for Yum! Brands Express. In this role he oversaw marketing, sales, finance, development, and operation services and executed annual operating plans for the 2,700-unit Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC global licensing business. Jeff planned and designed the operational processes, developed financial projections, opened new markets and restructured the business to achieve turnarounds and produce exceptional business results. His previous roles included finance, development, marketing and operations for the Pizza Hut brand, and as a member of the strategic planning team at PepsiCo.
Jeff began his professional career with Bain & Company, a privately-held management consulting firm, where he developed and implemented competitive strategies for Fortune 500 companies and managed the worldwide training program for 113 new Bain consultants.
Prior to joining Bain & Company, Jeff was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy where he served as an Aide-de-Camp, a Deputy Division Chief/Contracting Officer and as a Squadron Logistics Officer. He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Jeff graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering; he received an MBA in Finance and Operations Management from Columbia Business School, Columbia University in New York City, NY.
Jeff enjoys being active in his community and has served on the Parent Board of Directors for Ursuline Academy in Dallas, TX. He currently serves on the Board of Snowball Express, a national charity for the children of fallen military members. He was recently invited to join the Irish Entrepreneur Network, which is affiliated with University of Notre Dame. Jeff and his wife, Lyne, reside in Plano, TX. They enjoy spending time with their three children, Kaitlyn, Lauren and Christopher. Christopher is currently serving on active duty as a U.S. Naval Officer.
Marty began his career with E&J Gallo in 1994 as he entered the Gallo Management Development Program through Piedmont Wines in Greenville, SC. In 1997 Marty accepted the position of Field Market Manager in Mississippi where he was responsible for both private and controlled markets and in 1999 he accepted the position of Louisiana State Manager. During this time Marty successfully organized a new division of the Gallo of Louisiana wine distributor. This division was developed for the Baton Rouge market after the sale of Bologna Brothers Distributing in July of 1999. The model was successful until the sale of the distributor in 2006.
In 2000 Marty accepted the position of Area Manager for Gallo of Louisiana and then in 2001 he returned to Mississippi as an Assistant Division Manager where he was responsible for three divisions; Controlled Retail sales, On-Premise sales, and Private Distributor sales. In 2003 Marty accepted the position of Retail Sales Manager at Capital Wine and Beverage in Columbia SC. Marty was responsible for four divisions of the company; Grocery Division Columbia, Convenience Division Columbia, Liquor Division Columbia and the Retail Division Charleston. After a year as Retail Sales manager he was promoted to General Sales Manager. In 2006 Marty accepted the position that he is currently in as Director of Government Sales for the E&J Gallo Winery.
Before joining the E&J Gallo Winery, Marty earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Catawba College, Salisbury NC in 1994. While at Catawba Marty was the President of Pi Sigma Epsilon Business Fraternity, a four year starter for the Catawba Football Team, a member of “The Order of The Blue and the White” men’s honor society, and a Resident Director.
Marty and his wife Bobbi reside in McKinney, Texas, with their three children, Tyler, Cameron, and Jace. His favorite thing to do is spending time with his family and he coaches his son’s football and basketball teams and enjoys working with charity missions.
Rich’s previous military assignments included: Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations (AXO), Headquarters USAF/Pentagon; Director of Operations and Training, HQ USAF; Chief of Mobility Budget and Programs, HQ USAF; Commander 722nd Air Mobility Wing; Commander 12th Flying Training Wing; Commander 305th Air Mobility Wing; Commander 19th Operations Group; Commander 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron.
During Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (2001), General Mentemeyer was the initial Director of Mobility Forces. As such, he was responsible for providing all of the theater airlift and refueling capability for the combined joint force deployed to the Middle East. During Operation Provide Relief, the Somalia Humanitarian mission in 1992, the general was the Joint Task Force Director of Operations, in charge of the airlift of relief supplies. He also served as Ambassador Oakley’s military adviser when the U.S. mission moved into Mogadishu, Somalia.
General Mentemeyer is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in airlift, refueling and training aircraft.
Jim left active duty in January 1990 to pursue a career as a pilot with American Airlines. With the exception of a recall to active duty in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Jim served in the US Army Reserves until 1995, flying UH-1H Huey Helicopters.
In 2002, Jim and a group of volunteers flew Vietnam-era Huey Helicopter 65-10091 in support of the documentary film, “In the Shadow of the Blade.” In 2004, he spearheaded the delivery and donation of Huey 091 to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where it is the largest artifact in a major 30-year exhibit, “The Price of Freedom, Americans at War.”
He serves in an advisory role to the Huey 091 Foundation, whose purpose is to educate future generations about the Price of Freedom and to provide resources, such as the iBOT mobility device, to severely wounded service members.
Jim serves on the board of Snowball Express, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create new memories for the children of fallen service members killed on active duty since September 11, 2001. American Airlines is the official airline of Snowball Express and donates the use of charter aircraft and airfare to transport nearly 1,500 family members to the annual event each December.
Jim is an adviser to the Gary Sinise Foundation, established in 2011 to serve military service members and their families Jim served as Honorary Commander 457th Fighter Squadron, NAS JRB Fort Worth from 2010-2011 and in 2010 was named an Honorary Nightstalker with the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment based at Fort Campbell Kentucky.
In 2007, Jim was named Managing Director – Veterans Initiatives at American Airlines and also flies as a Captain on the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft.
Jim and his wife, Patricia, reside in Grapevine, Texas, with their now college co-ed daughter Lauren. Their son, Josh, is a Captain in the Army; has had multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he is a Pilot in Command of the Army RC-12 aircraft.
Garry Parks is currently Chairman of Armed Forces Insurance and concurrently serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Elena Foundation, Snowball Express and the Executive Advisory Council of Mission Readiness: Military Leaders for Kids. In addition, he served on the Board of Advisors for Suntiva, the Manpower & Reserve Affairs Advisory Panel for the Department of the Navy, the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Military Base Task Force, and as Chairman for both the Military Enhancement Committee of the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce and the Transitional Workforce Educational Assistance Collaborative.
From 2009-2012, he was Chief Executive Officer for Efficient Energy Advisors LLC, an entrepreneurial team of scientists, engineers and business professionals that support clients in realizing green energy efficiency.
From 2004-2009, he was the President/Chief Executive Officer of the South Carolina Credit Union League & Affiliates, a statewide trade association that perpetuates the credit union movement.
Prior to this, Garry was the Deputy Commandant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters United States Marine Corps, from which he completed a 35 year active duty career in August 2004.
From 1998-2001, General Parks was the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command.
Assigned to the Pentagon in 1997, he served as Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs on the Joint Staff.
His initial general officer billet was as Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region, San Diego, California from 1995-1997.
In his final billet as a colonel, Garry served as the Chief of Staff for Marine Forces Pacific, located at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. Immediately preceding this assignment he was the Director, Marine Corps Presentation Team, following an executive course at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University in 1993.
During the summer of 1990 he was assigned to duty in Japan, where he served as Officer in Charge, III Marine Expeditionary Force Special Operations Training Group. In 1991, Garry was chosen to be the Commanding Officer, 9th Marines and, concurrently, Camp Commander, Camp Hansen.
Graduation with a Master of Arts degree from the Naval War College in 1997 preceded an assignment to the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California where he was initially assigned as Executive Officer, 5th Marines, and then from 1988-1990, Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines.
From 1982-1985, he was the Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station, Raleigh, North Carolina, followed by an assignment as the Joint Program and Budget Coordination Officer in the Requirements and Programs Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, DC.
Garry was selected to attend the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, where he was designated an Honor Graduate. Immediately prior to this, he was a Company Officer at the United States Naval Academy from 1979 to 1981.
Assigned to Okinawa, Japan in 1977, he served as a company commander, and later Battalion Landing Team S-4 with 2d Battalion, 9th Marines. In advance of this assignment he was chosen to attend the Infantry Officers Advanced Course, Fort Benning, Georgia, where he graduated with honors.
From 1973-1976, Garry was initially a Series Commander and then Company Commander at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.
In 1970, he served as a Company Commander with 2nd Battalion, 3d Marines, and later as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, 1st Marine Brigade, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Immediately prior to this assignment, Garry served as a Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in the Republic of Vietnam.
He holds a BA in Education from The Citadel, and MA’s from both Pepperdine University and the Naval War College.
Garry is currently a member of The Citadel Alumni Association, the Marine Corps Association, the Military Officers Association of America and the National Eagle Scout Association.
Garry formerly served for three years on the Board of Directors of Navy Federal Credit Union, including Chairman of their Retirement Committee, was a member of the Advisory Council of the 2010 Medal of Honor Society Convention, the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Credit Union League & Affiliates, the Board of Managers of Credit Union Images, LLC, the Board of Trustees of the SC Department of Education Financial Literacy, and as Co-Chair for the Congressionally-mandated Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence.
Bart is currently the Vice President of JetBlue’s Flight Operations having joined JetBlue in May 2014. Prior to joining JetBlue he spent 28 years at American Airlines in many key leadership roles including Chief Pilot of the airline. Captain Roberts also served 25 years in the US Navy both active and reserve. He was recalled to active duty during Dessert Shield/Storm with the high point of his career being privileged to serve as the Commanding Officer of VR-59 at NAS Ft Worth JRB. Previous to his career in the Navy he served as a Dallas Police Officer for 7 years.
Bart has been a staunch supporter and associated with Snowball Express and Sky Ball for over 7 years and joined the Snowball Express Board in the first quarter of 2014.
As both a reporter and public relations leader, transportation safety and mobility related issues have been the primary focus of his work. In addition to his Master’s Degree in Public Relations Management from Kent State University in Ohio, Dan holds two certificates in aviation safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and he is a licensed commercial pilot, with nearly one-thousand hours of flight time.
Dan joined the Snowball Express Board of Directors in 2008. His primary focus is media relations and marketing, increasing the public’s knowledge of Snowball Express, and the work it is doing to help the Children of Our Fallen Military Heroes.
Rob Skeans has an extensive background in global operations management with specific expertise in supply chain optimization, corporate strategy and multi-site operations. His twenty-year career is highlighted with proven accomplishments at Fortune 500 companies in the areas of logistics, strategy management, procurement, lean manufacturing, and customer service. Rob is widely recognized as a visionary leader and out-of-the-box thinker who rallies cross-functional teams to consistently exceed their goals.
As Director of Operations for the U.S. subsidiary of the world’s largest manufacturer & distributor of prescription lenses and anti-reflective coatings Rob eliminated $1.8M in annual operating costs through development and execution of a supply chain management strategy. He also managed post-merger integration programs that facilitated an aggressive corporate acquisition program.
Previously, as Vice President of Operations for an international household pet products manufacturer, Rob streamlined the cost structures by implementing lean manufacturing and cell production methods. The results drove labor costs down 20% while simultaneously maintaining on-time delivery at 98%. Additionally, he opened a new, west-coast market with $14M annual sales potential by developing a 60,000 square foot facility that cut logistics costs for his largest customer by 15%.
As a management consultant in the prestigious Price Waterhouse Products Advisory Group, Rob worked directly with CEO’s and CFO’s at many Fortune 500 companies delivering global operations strategy, supply chain management solutions. He developed a supply chain management strategy for a $500M international apparel manufacturer to spin-off offshore manufacturing facilities.
Rob has had a successful active and reserve Air Force military career where he has been cited numerous times for outstanding leadership. In 2003, as the commander for a 150-person air logistics squadron, his unit was honored as the top unit of its kind in the United States Air Force, besting over 50 other units around the world. He led his squadron to repeat that award in 2005.
Today, Rob is a stay-at-home dad. In addition to parenting to his 11 and 13 year-old children, Rob enjoys volunteering for organizations that serve others. He is an Assistant Scoutmaster in Boy Scout Troop 1000 (Plano). He also serves as the President of his neighborhood Homeowner’s Association.
Rob has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado and an MBA from Wright State University, Ohio
Following his retirement, Captain Wood became active in military support charities in the Fort Worth area, and currently is on the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Air Power Council and for Snowball Express. He is a member of the planning committees for both Skyball and Snowball Express. He was the Dean of Students at Bethesda Christian School in Fort Worth, and currently does guest lectures and substitute teaching at several private schools in the area.
Captain Wood participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Provide Hope in Somalia, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Southern Watch in the Arabian Gulf, and in Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Captain Wood’s awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and numerous service and campaign awards and commendations.