President and CEO


It’s been an amazing first four months on Midway. This year, we are noting so many critical milestones honoring those who served starting with the 50th anniversary of the end of the
Vietnam War and the return of our prisoners of war from that conflict. Additionally, we are commemorating the 50th year of women in naval aviation and the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Finally, our amazing gala in August will celebrate 100 years since the founding of the iconic Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Whew!

I have enjoyed marking those milestones on board Midway while also attending some of our amazing events such as Top Gun Movie Night, Steel Beach Party for our members, and the 4th of July fireworks viewing event. If you have not made it aboard for an evening event here, you are missing out. I love meeting so many of our members and guests while experiencing an amazing view of our city and a cold beverage.

Another fun part of my job is working with so many local leaders that support our museum. Sharon Cloward, president of the San Diego Working Waterfront, and Julie Coker, president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority, have been particularly helpful in solving problems and helping me get started with this enterprise. I very much appreciate their help and all who support this museum every day.

Finally, we have taken the first steps in our capital campaign for Freedom Park at Navy Pier. This unmatched public/private partnership will culminate with the construction of the largest veteran’s park on the West Coast which will be an amazing community asset in the heart of Embarcadero. We are very excited to team up with the Port of San Diego in making this a reality.

My first few months serving on Midway have been as fun and challenging as they were when I first flew off this ship in 1989. I am happy to report that Midway Magic is alive and well.

It’s a great day on Midway!