John Newman, President
California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) licensed Pyrotechnic Operator, Rockets - Class 1. John runs a company, Newman Propulsion, that makes specialty rocket equipment. He is also an amateur rocket enthusiast. John teaches solid propellant classes to interested amateurs out at the FAR Site. He lives in Tehachapi, CA.
Ted Rothaupt, Secretary
CSFM licensed Pyrotechnic Operator, Rockets - Class 3. Ted is a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry. He is also an amateur rocket enthusiast. Ted lives in Lancaster, CA.
Mark Holthaus, Treasurer
CSFM licensed Pyrotechnic Operator, Rockets - Class 1. Mark worked 40-years as an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry and retired in 2020. His work experience included: electronics, flight termination design, reliability analysis, and safety analysis. He has been instrumental in acquiring all the local, state, and federal licenses, permits, and 501(c)3 nonprofit status for FAR. He volunteers at California State University, Long Beach to mentor aerospace engineering students. He has been active in amateur rocketry since 1997 starting as a team member with the Spacefarer project. He is the lead pyrotechnic operator and head of safety for the FAR Site and teaches pyrotechnic operator classes out at FAR Site. He lives in Long Beach, CA.
Eric Beckner, Vice-President,
CSFM licensed Pyrotechnic Operator, Rockets - Class 2. Eric is a heavy-equipment mechanic. He is also an amateur rocket enthusiast. Eric lives in Bakersfield, CA.