For immediate release
September 2, 2015
Timothy R. Gaffney
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Editors: Web-quality photos of the meeting and awardees are available on NAHA’s Facebook page. Print-quality images are available on request.
DAYTON, Ohio—The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) named marketing professional Walter Ohlmann as the winner of the Ivonette Wright Miller Award at its 2015 annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
NAHA also awarded its Wick Wright Award to Ohio Rep. Richard (Rick) Perales and its PROPS (Partner Recognition of Phenomenal Support) Award to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Wright State University President David Hopkins was the event’s keynote speaker.
NAHA held the meeting in the new Carillon Brewing Co. in Carillon Historical Park. Operated by Dayton History, the facility is accurate representation of a mid-nineteenth century Dayton brewery.
Ohlmann received the Ivonette Wright Miller Award, named for the niece of Wilbur and Orville Wright, for his dedication to volunteerism, in particular his leadership for more than a decade in the Wright Image Group’s project to erect a giant Wright Flyer III sculpture at the Interstate 70-75 interchange, which would brand Ohio as the birthplace of powered flight. He is owner of the Ohlmann Group marketing agency, is president of the Wright Image Group and a NAHA trustee.
“The entire Dayton region will celebrate the Triumph of Flight as a world class monument at the crossroads of America, because of the leadership and the passion demonstrated by Walter Ohlmann,” said Steve Brown, the Wright Image Group’s volunteer architect and winner of the 2014 Ivonette Wright Miller Award.
Ohlmann’s daughter Lori Ohlmann accepted the award for her father, who was unable to attend. “Dad feels very strongly about giving back and is involved in many community efforts,” she said.
The Wilkinson “Wick” Wright Award, named for the grandnephew of the Wright brothers, honors an individual or organization that has provided outstanding support to a NAHA partner. Perales received the award for sponsoring and supporting a state resolution defending the Wright brothers’ place in history as the inventors of the airplane against a claim by the state of Connecticut that one of its residents did so first. Besides showing support for Ohio’s aviation heritage, Perales’ actions brought national news media attention and helped remind the world that Ohio is the birthplace of powered flight.
The award also recognized Perales for sponsoring the bill that established the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee to support the state’s aviation and aerospace industry.
“Nothing gets done without partners, without teams, and we have a great team here in Ohio,” Perales said.
The PROPS Award honors a NAHA partner that has significantly helped another NAHA partner. The National Museum received the award for promoting its partners’ aviation heritage sites to the million or visitors who come through the museum’s door each year. Earlier this year, the museum put up a large NAHA site locator map in its lobby and added information panels at key exhibits that relate directly to other aviation heritage sites in the Area.
National Museum Director Jack Hudson received the PROPS Award from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who approached Hudson with the idea last year.
“His willingness to do this and partner with NAHA is the reason he’s getting this award,” Whaley said.
Hudson said the map is prominently located near the entrance and exit inside the museum’s atrium. “Nobody leaves without going right by it,” he said.
Hopkins said Wright State, named for airplane inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright, is responding to the changing needs of American workers. “We don’t aim to be the number one university in the world, but the number one university for the world,” he said.
The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation designated by Congress as the management entity of the National Aviation Heritage Area. NAHA’s vision is for the Heritage Area to be the recognized center of aviation heritage tourism and aerospace innovation, sustaining the legacy of the Wright Brothers. The National Aviation Heritage Area is one of 49 National Heritage Areas in a program administered by the National Park Service. It encompasses eight Ohio counties—Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Warren, Champaign, Shelby and Auglaize. Visit www.aviationheritagearea.org to learn more about NAHA.