American Association of Information Radio Operators AAIRO

AAIRO American Association of Information Radio Operators
  board of directors    
  Bill Baker
In addition to founding AAIRO in 2008, Bill Baker founded Information Station Specialists (ISS), in operation since 1983. Information Station Specialists is the primary supplier of AM information radio equipment and services to federal, state and local government sponsored entities across the United States. Baker's energies have helped advance information radio technology to better accommodate motorist-safety needs in a world of constantly increasing traffic and emergencies. He is a member of several trade organizations and is active in faith-based efforts. Contact Bill.

Jim Zoss
Former emergency program manager (retired), Zoss headed Battle Creek, Michigan's, efforts to provide mitigation planning, preparedness, response, and recovery for emergencies and/or disasters within the City. Other responsibilities included managing a countywide communications and public warning infrastructure, severe weather identification, detection, and reporting program, search and rescue team activities, and deployment and coordination of the City's Mobile Command Center (HIPPO). Zoss also managed 3 information radio stations that cover the river valley in which the City is situated as well as an 18-mile stretch of nearby Interstate 94. Contact Jim.

Linda Folland
Folland developed communication programs at Herman Miller, Inc., a world-renown participative management and industrial design firm. As a team leader at Amway headquarters - one of the world's largest direct-selling businesses - Folland helped move forward global media efforts for the company's entree onto the worldwide web. Folland now manages communication resources at Information Station Specialists; this company is the primary supplier of the information radio stations (TIS/HAR) used by AAIRO members. In addition to her secretary/treasurer role for AAIRO, Folland also serves as AAIRO's webmaster. Contact Linda.
Jeff Braun
As emergency coordinator for the second largest county in the Houston Metropolitan Area, Braun's strategy to collaborate, communicate and upgrade equipment significantly enhanced the County's emergency management program. Fort Bend County operates at least 10 Information Radio Stations. Braun was named 2006 Emergency Manager of the Year by the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT) for establishing a countywide PIO network, creating a countywide Debris Management Plan, installing an ALERT AM Advisory Radio System, deploying two regional Haz/Mat Response Teams and developing a state-of-the-art EOC. Braun holds memberships in several professional organizations and was elected to the EMAT Board. He also served on the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee, the Regional Collaboration Committee of the Houston Urban Area Security Initiative Working Group and was appointed to the Texas Preparedness Advisory Committee by the State’s Chief of Emergency Management. Contact Jeff.

Mike Williams
Williams, who spent over a dozen years in California law enforcement, became a POST-certified field training officer and, for over 10 years, served as a lead instructor for the National Traffic Safety Institute. He served twice as Santa Barbara Chapter chair for the American Society for Industrial Security. Since 1994, he has been a member of the California State Firefighters Association and has served on volunteer and public relations committees and as southern division deputy director for the Association. He is also founder/coordinator of the annual CSFA-sponsored HELOPS program. Locally, Williams serves on the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and PIO group EPIC. Williams' investigation and security consulting firm has specialized in internal investigations since 1985. He is a well-known public speaker on security, investigation and emergency planning. Williams manages an information radio station with flashing signs used to inform travelers during California wildfire emergencies and was a governor appointee to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Office of the State Fire Marshal, State Board of Fire Services. Now he is executive director/president of the Wildland Residents Association/San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department and president Michael S. Williams Security Systems. Contact Mike.