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Founder: Helicopters for Heroes - Phillip Brooks

From his days as a student at Texas A&M to embracing his entrepreneur spirit, Phillip Brooks held the first annual helicopter hog hunt in 2014 when he recognized the disconnect between today’s youth and military veterans in his community and decided to find a way to help bridge this gap.

As the founder of Bassco Services, Phillip started out with just a small four-man company in Dallas, Texas in 1997 and built Bassco into a national footprint in the aviation industry with locations across the United States serving the aviation/fuel support industry.

In addition to his position as Owner/President of Bassco Services, Phillip owns and operates Bv3 Merchandise and is a partner in the Periscope Music Group.

From his early years as an entrepreneur, Phillip has always had a “get it done” attitude and living by the motto that… “if it is not a win/win it’s not worth doing”.

Phillip possesses a big-picture outlook and is one who can envision the desired outcome and works hard to make the visions come to fruition.

In addition to being a successful businessman operating multiple companies, Phillip is the proud father of two children; Trey 18 and Mackenzie 15 and a husband to his beautiful wife of 22 years, Kim Brooks.

Founder: Helicopters for Heroes

Phillip Brooks

From his days as a student at Texas A&M to embracing his entrepreneur spirit, Phillip Brooks held the first annual helicopter hog hunt in 2014 when he recognized the disconnect between today’s youth and military veterans in his community and decided to find a way to help bridge this gap.

As the founder of Bassco Services, Phillip started out with just a small four-man company in Dallas, Texas in 1997 and built Bassco into a national footprint in the aviation industry with locations across the United States serving the aviation/fuel support industry.

In addition to his position as Owner/President of Bassco Services, Phillip owns and operates Bv3 Merchandise and is a partner in the Periscope Music Group.

From his early years as an entrepreneur, Phillip has always had a “get it done” attitude and living by the motto that… “if it is not a win/win it’s not worth doing”.

Phillip possesses a big-picture outlook and is one who can envision the desired outcome and works hard to make the visions come to fruition.

In addition to being a successful businessman operating multiple companies, Phillip is the proud father of two children; Trey 18 and Mackenzie 15 and a husband to his beautiful wife of 22 years, Kim Brooks.

Board of Directors - VP of Operations - Brian Boushie

I have been in the service and leadership business for over 25 years as a PGA Golf Professional and currently serve as the Director of Golf at Dallas National Golf Club. I have been lucky enough to work at some of the most exclusive golf clubs across the country.

Over the course of my career, I have always found ways to mix the game of golf with giving back to those who put their lives on the line for our country every day. I have served presidents, secretaries, congressmen, senators, professional athletes, movie stars, and the like. None of these compare to being able to serve my greatest heroes who protect our shores, protect and fight for our freedoms, and for those who have sacrificed their lives so that we may enjoy ours. I have a profound love for the military and first responders and feel an obligation of giving back to them all they have afforded me in my lifetime.

I have a passion for shooting, hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors. There is nowhere else where I feel so fulfilled and satisfied.

I was first attracted to Helicopters for Heroes a little over two years ago. I have developed a passion for educating our younger generations on who our true heroes are and how they have fought so hard to be the greatest nation on earth. Raising awareness on who our true heroes are, why they and their families have sacrificed so much, and why we need to continue to honor them in the future. These ideals are what drives me to help Helicopters for Heroes grow every year and strive to have a direct impact on our heroes’ lives.

Board of Directors - VP of Operations

Brian Boushie

I have been in the service and leadership business for over 25 years as a PGA Golf Professional and currently serve as the Director of Golf at Dallas National Golf Club. I have been lucky enough to work at some of the most exclusive golf clubs across the country.

Over the course of my career, I have always found ways to mix the game of golf with giving back to those who put their lives on the line for our country every day. I have served presidents, secretaries, congressmen, senators, professional athletes, movie stars, and the like. None of these compare to being able to serve my greatest heroes who protect our shores, protect and fight for our freedoms, and for those who have sacrificed their lives so that we may enjoy ours. I have a profound love for the military and first responders and feel an obligation of giving back to them all they have afforded me in my lifetime.

I have a passion for shooting, hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors. There is nowhere else where I feel so fulfilled and satisfied.

I was first attracted to Helicopters for Heroes a little over two years ago. I have developed a passion for educating our younger generations on who our true heroes are and how they have fought so hard to be the greatest nation on earth. Raising awareness on who our true heroes are, why they and their families have sacrificed so much, and why we need to continue to honor them in the future. These ideals are what drives me to help Helicopters for Heroes grow every year and strive to have a direct impact on our heroes’ lives.

Board of Directors - VP of Marketing & Communications - Samantha Butero

Samantha Butero is the National Sales Manager for Bassco Services & Allied Oil Equipment. Samantha is an accomplished and results-oriented sales and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in aviation that has included, on-the-ground sales, business development and marketing in Aerospace, GSE and Avionics.
Samantha possesses creative problem-solving skills with demonstrated abilities in vision development, strategic planning, market analysis, team building, communications and customer relations.

In addition to her aviation industry knowledge, Samantha has also spent over a decade volunteering, fundraising and grant writing for various first responder and military nonprofit foundations.

Samantha was introduced to Helicopters for Heroes four years ago when she had the privilege to work with Phillip Brooks after starting a service center for a GSE manufacturing company she was representing at the time and she instantly was drawn in.

The story which brought the foundation to inception as well as the people it benefits were both instrumental in her desire to get involved. However, it wasn’t until she started working directly with Phillip and relocated to Texas her dream came true. “First responders and our military have always held a special place in my heart… so being able to be a part of a foundation that depicts the same passion was a match made in the stars.”

Samantha is a proud parent to three children; Preston, 26 and daughter-in-law Taylor, Siena 19 and Sophia 18. Her children are the foundation of her strength and her biggest cheerleaders as they always encourage her to follow her dreams.

In Samantha’s spare time, she enjoys cooking, photography, and exploring her new home state of Texas.

Board of Directors - VP of Marketing & Communications

Samantha Butero

Samantha Butero is the National Sales Manager for Bassco Services & Allied Oil Equipment. Samantha is an accomplished and results-oriented sales and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in aviation that has included, on-the-ground sales, business development and marketing in Aerospace, GSE and Avionics.
Samantha possesses creative problem-solving skills with demonstrated abilities in vision development, strategic planning, market analysis, team building, communications and customer relations.

In addition to her aviation industry knowledge, Samantha has also spent over a decade volunteering, fundraising and grant writing for various first responder and military nonprofit foundations.

Samantha was introduced to Helicopters for Heroes four years ago when she had the privilege to work with Phillip Brooks after starting a service center for a GSE manufacturing company she was representing at the time and she instantly was drawn in.

The story which brought the foundation to inception as well as the people it benefits were both instrumental in her desire to get involved. However, it wasn’t until she started working directly with Phillip and relocated to Texas her dream came true. “First responders and our military have always held a special place in my heart… so being able to be a part of a foundation that depicts the same passion was a match made in the stars.”

Samantha is a proud parent to three children; Preston, 26 and daughter-in-law Taylor, Siena 19 and Sophia 18. Her children are the foundation of her strength and her biggest cheerleaders as they always encourage her to follow her dreams.

In Samantha’s spare time, she enjoys cooking, photography, and exploring her new home state of Texas.

Board of Directors - Logistics - Chris J. Carrie

Chris is a Managing Partner and CFO for Uptown Capital Advisors RIA. He also is the Managing Partner for the Kelly’s Craft Tavern Group. Prior to Uptown, he was a Partner and Founder of the law firm Carrie, Cramer and Weatherbie LLC. He also served as General Counsel for a wholly-owned subsidiary of SKOPBank, Helsinki, Finland. Chris holds a JD from St. Mary’s University and a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University.

Board of Directors - Logistics

Chris J. Carrie

Chris is a Managing Partner and CFO for Uptown Capital Advisors RIA. He also is the Managing Partner for the Kelly’s Craft Tavern Group. Prior to Uptown, he was a Partner and Founder of the law firm Carrie, Cramer and Weatherbie LLC. He also served as General Counsel for a wholly-owned subsidiary of SKOPBank, Helsinki, Finland. Chris holds a JD from St. Mary’s University and a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University.

Board of Directors - Government Affairs - Jake Crownover

Over the last 19 years, Jake Crownover has gained experience in multiple aspects of the music business, including band management, booking agent, tour management, record executive, production, merchandise, fan club management, and live show replication. Jake has worked with international bands including the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Matchbox Twenty, Beyonce and Kiss just to name a few on various facets of their business from management to fan clubs. Jake, started in management as a partner in 36D management where he helped managed Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, and Mike McClure. Jake most recently left All Access Today, Inc. where he was director of artist relations, and responsible for growing AAT live recording and fan clubs into a multimillion-dollar company.

Jake is currently the managing partner of Periscope Music Group and his focus at Periscope is inventing new streams of revenue for his artists with outside the box methods and new technologies. Periscope Music Group also provides services in talent buying, online ticketing, show production and consulting. Jake’s current clients include Matchbox Twenty, Kyle Cook, Tim Montana and numerous influencers and venues.

Board of Directors - Government Affairs

Jake Crownover

Over the last 19 years, Jake Crownover has gained experience in multiple aspects of the music business, including band management, booking agent, tour management, record executive, production, merchandise, fan club management, and live show replication. Jake has worked with international bands including the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Matchbox Twenty, Beyonce and Kiss just to name a few on various facets of their business from management to fan clubs. Jake, started in management as a partner in 36D management where he helped managed Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, and Mike McClure. Jake most recently left All Access Today, Inc. where he was director of artist relations, and responsible for growing AAT live recording and fan clubs into a multimillion-dollar company.

Jake is currently the managing partner of Periscope Music Group and his focus at Periscope is inventing new streams of revenue for his artists with outside the box methods and new technologies. Periscope Music Group also provides services in talent buying, online ticketing, show production and consulting. Jake’s current clients include Matchbox Twenty, Kyle Cook, Tim Montana and numerous influencers and venues.

Board of Directors - Engagement - Jayson Dunston

Jayson Dunston is co-founder and COO of Cash Solutions Inc. A worldwide distributor of high end, high tech money handling equipment. He also is involved in a broad array of investment opportunities both in real estate and venture funds. Jayson has served on our board in various capacities over the past 5 years. He loves H4H and being able to give back to those that have given so much to us, as well as making sure his young children (3) know the sacrifices our military and first responders make. Jayson is an avid outdoorsman and serves on the board of Ferndale fishing club and in various roles at HP United Methodist. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he still greatly supports the maroon and white.

Board of Directors - Engagement

Jayson Dunston

Jayson Dunston is co-founder and COO of Cash Solutions Inc. A worldwide distributor of high end, high tech money handling equipment. He also is involved in a broad array of investment opportunities both in real estate and venture funds. Jayson has served on our board in various capacities over the past 5 years. He loves H4H and being able to give back to those that have given so much to us, as well as making sure his young children (3) know the sacrifices our military and first responders make. Jayson is an avid outdoorsman and serves on the board of Ferndale fishing club and in various roles at HP United Methodist. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he still greatly supports the maroon and white.

Board of Directors - Fundraising - Jeff Roberts

Jeff has been on the board for five years serving Helicopters for Heroes.

He is a serial entrepreneur, and he is currently Vice President of Business Development and partner at Vuteur.com.

Board of Directors - Fundraising

Jeff Roberts

Jeff has been on the board for five years serving Helicopters for Heroes.

He is a serial entrepreneur, and he is currently Vice President of Business Development and partner at Vuteur.com.

Board Of Directors - Veteran Affairs - Jennifer Sheehan
Board Of Directors - Veteran Affairs

Jennifer Sheehan

Founder: SOS Organization - Timothy H. Weiland

I’m a Weiland and a U.S. Marine, 22 years of service. Grandfather was a first world war sailor, Dad served 27 years, six months and 3 days, as he used to say, and my son John served 10 years. With my grandfather in the U.S. Navy, I guess I’m the Son of a Son of a sailor man. Guess I just need the guitar and the rum.

I’ve never been a braggart and won’t start now. I’m a member of the few, the proud, the Marines. Graduating boot camp, qualifying as a flight engineer, my children and grandbaby are my success stories! I took on the responsibility of looking after my troops along time ago, that’s why I still look after them with the hunting, fishing, and outreach.

I truly enjoy hunting and fishing. It’s a chance to be close to the creator and listen to his voice. I love flying as well, something about the freedom and the throttle!

I work for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, as a Senior Instructor FOFA (flight line, final assembly). For 17 years I have been the ramp boss for the event called SkyBall. It’s volunteer and lots of work and fun. We raise money to help support the military and military support operations. I volunteer with Helicopters for Heroes-SOS (services, operations, and support). I can give back and that’s important.

Heroes: My Dad, Col Joe Weiland first and foremost (Korean War, Vietnam), CWO Felix McCool (WWII, Korea), Lt Col Ernie Defazio (WWII, Korea, Vietnam), Command SgtMaj Robert Patterson ( Vietnam, Persian Gulf War). Just a few of the great leaders this country has produced. These are the people who make a difference.

Personal Motto: Adapt and Overcome, it was Dad’s motto long before the movie and it’s been a way of life from the beginning of time. Always a way if you don’t give in!

Founder: SOS Organization

Timothy H. Weiland

I’m a Weiland and a U.S. Marine, 22 years of service. Grandfather was a first world war sailor, Dad served 27 years, six months and 3 days, as he used to say, and my son John served 10 years. With my grandfather in the U.S. Navy, I guess I’m the Son of a Son of a sailor man. Guess I just need the guitar and the rum.

I’ve never been a braggart and won’t start now. I’m a member of the few, the proud, the Marines. Graduating boot camp, qualifying as a flight engineer, my children and grandbaby are my success stories! I took on the responsibility of looking after my troops along time ago, that’s why I still look after them with the hunting, fishing, and outreach.

I truly enjoy hunting and fishing. It’s a chance to be close to the creator and listen to his voice. I love flying as well, something about the freedom and the throttle!

I work for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, as a Senior Instructor FOFA (flight line, final assembly). For 17 years I have been the ramp boss for the event called SkyBall. It’s volunteer and lots of work and fun. We raise money to help support the military and military support operations. I volunteer with Helicopters for Heroes-SOS (services, operations, and support). I can give back and that’s important.

Heroes: My Dad, Col Joe Weiland first and foremost (Korean War, Vietnam), CWO Felix McCool (WWII, Korea), Lt Col Ernie Defazio (WWII, Korea, Vietnam), Command SgtMaj Robert Patterson ( Vietnam, Persian Gulf War). Just a few of the great leaders this country has produced. These are the people who make a difference.

Personal Motto: Adapt and Overcome, it was Dad’s motto long before the movie and it’s been a way of life from the beginning of time. Always a way if you don’t give in!

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