13-Jan-2010 Source: HAI
HAI is pleased to announce the 2010 Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Tim Wahlberg; Chairman of the Board, Evergreen International Aviation, Inc. McMinnville, Oregon.
Wahlberg began his aviation career in 1963, serving as a U.S. Army helicopter mechanic in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and U.S. Army Air Medal with 18 Oak Leaf Clusters. After completing his service, he returned to school and received an Associate of Science degree and A&P license from Lane Community College.
In 1969, Wahlberg joined Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. as a mechanic, and consistently provided high operational readiness from the jungles of Peru to the Arctic. He was promoted to Director of Maintenance in 1972, and in 1976 became Director of Operations at Evergreen Air Center, Inc. where he assumed responsibility for maintenance, production, quality control, modifications, and sales. In 1979, Wahlberg became Vice President of Maintenance for Evergreen International Airlines, Inc., responsible for maintenance, planning, and quality control of a fleet of more than 48 aircraft. In 1986 he was promoted to Executive Vice President, and in 1987 became President. In 2002, Wahlberg became Chairman of Evergreen Aircraft Sales and Leasing Company, and in 2006 was promoted to Chairman of the Board of Evergreen International Aviation, Inc., the parent company of the Evergreen family.
Wahlberg has received numerous awards including the Delford M. Smith Leadership Award for EIA, EHI, and the Evergreen Helicoptersâ€™ Bob Fortain Memorial Maintenance Award. Wahlberg served as HAIâ€™s Assistant Treasurer in 2002, Treasurer in 2003, Vice Chairman in 2004, and Chairman for the 2005-2006 term. He has also served as Board Liaison to the HAI Government Contracting and Offshore Committees, President of the International Federation of Helicopter Associations, and Chairman of the Aviation Technology Advisory Committee for Lane Community College. Under Wahlbergâ€™s leadership, Evergreen has experienced a strong focus on safety, service, and profitability. HAI salutes Tim Wahlberg for a lifetime of service and dedication to the international helicopter industry.
All winners will be recognized at HELI-EXPO 2010â€™s annual â€œSalute to Excellenceâ€ Awards Banquet on February 22, 2010 in Houston, Texas. For more information about the 2010 â€œSalute to Excellenceâ€ Awards, contact HAIâ€™s Communications Department at 703-683-4646, fax: 703-683-4745, or email: email@example.com. For more information on HELI-EXPO 2010, visit www.rotor.com.