Board of Directors & Staff
Fred has served as Chairman of the RARA board since October 2017 and became the Chief Executive Officer of the Reno Air Racing Association in February 2018.
He is an avid racing fan who raced “Baby Boomer” in the T-6 class in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Fred is both fixed wing and rotorcraft rated and is type-rated in Citation jets and DC-3’s. He has been the T-6 Class President since 2007. Fred also serves on the EAA Warbird Board and is Director Emeritus of the EAA, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and Orbis. He and his wife Barbara reside at the Spruce Creek Fly-In just south of Daytona Beach, FL, and enjoy flying their 2014 Citation M2. The couple also owns a small collection of North American Aviation aircraft – “Lady B”, a 1944 P-51D, “Almost Perfect”, a stock T-6G and “Baby Boomer”, a 1940 Harvard. Fred is currently the Chairman of Oragenics in Tampa, Florida and a Director of CTI BioPharma Inc., based in Seattle, WA.
Mary Beth Sewald
Mary Beth Sewald is a single engine-rated pilot and currently serves as Vice Chair of the RARA Board of Directors and served four years on the Air Race Foundation Board. She is currently CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, serves on the boards of the Nevada Military Support Alliance, The Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority, the Southern Nevada Sporting Events Committee and City National Bank Advisory Board.
Joey is an accomplished pilot of both propeller and jet-powered planes. He has been a RARA Board member since 1993 and is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. Joey served as Chairman of the board in 2002 and 2003 and was named RARA’s “Man of the Year” in 2006.
Secretary/Director of Operations
Terry Matter began attending the Reno Air Races in 1969 as a spectator before becoming a pylon judge in 1999. Terry joined the RARA Board of Directors in 2004, where he served as the Chairman in 2010 and 2011. Terry is a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor with 57 years of flying experience and owns a vintage Cessna 182 aircraft based at the Reno-Stead Airport. Terry retired from the Northrop Grumman Corporation in 1998, after a 30-year career in Product Support Services and International Program Management.
Fay Gregory joined the Reno Air Racing Association Board of Directors in 2017 and also serves as the volunteer coordinator. A fan of The National Championship Air Races since the late 1970s, Fay worked as Crew Chief and sponsor for T-6 racer “Bare Essentials” in 2012 and 2013. Fay was also on the crew and sponsor for T-6 racer “Miss Fay” in 2014 and 2015. Fay has been a member and volunteer with the Experimental Aircraft Association/AirVenture since 1980. She is a member of the National Technical Committee – Aviation Maintenance Technology – SKILLS USA and served as its Chairman from 1986-1996. Fay also served as Airport Manager for Camdenton Memorial Airport, in Camdenton, Missouri. Fay is a current board member for the Lone Star Flight Museum and a former board member of Warbirds of America.
John Agather is a multi-engine and instrument-rated pilot and served as the Chairman of RARA’s Board of Directors from 2014-2017. He is the President/CEO of A.I.C., an investment company based in San Antonio, Texas. John has served on the boards of a number of civic organizations, including the San Antonio International Airport Committee, the American Air Power Museum, is a life member of the Commemorative Air Force and is Chairman-Elect of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the largest private business organization in that city.
Tony Logoteta is the current COO/CFO of RARA and also a member of its Board of Directors. Tony grew up in northern California but has spent most of his adult life in Reno. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism he moved away for some years, but always considered Reno home and eventually was able to move back. While not a pilot, he has always loved flying and enjoyed the event as a fan, and has always appreciated the great benefits the Air Races bring to the community he loves. A former small business owner, Tony brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the event and a passion for this community. In his off time, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.
Bobbi Thompson’s aviation career has spanned more than 40 years and is RARA’s current VP of Strategic Planning and a member of the Board of Directors. She is a 4,500-hour pilot (single and multi-engine and helicopters), Aviation FAI World Record Holder, has over 35 years of experience producing air shows, has been the airport manager for seven airports, FBO owner and manager, air racer and aviation consultant for more than 1,400 airports/FBOs. Bobbi is also the COO of ABS Aviation and the Minden Airport Manager. She also serves as a Board member and Chair for Nevada Department of Transportation’s (NDOT) Statewide Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (STTAC), past president of the Board of Directors for the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Nevada Airports Association and served as their state lobbyist. She has also has served on the Carson Valley Visitors Authority Board and currently serves as president of the Business Council of Douglas County.