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 world-renown design firm Herman Miller, Inc., most notably a face-to-face dialog program between employees and management, the company's first corporate art program and first archive and records management program, which included collections of oral histories with corporate leaders and famous designers, photographs and publications that were used extensively in public relations. She also served as a resource to authors who were researching the history of participative management, which Herman Miller, Inc., became known for. Later, as a team leader in Creative Services at Amway, Folland led efforts to create the company's first multi-media photo archive in support of Amway global marketing and entree into the Internet. Now Folland oversees communication resources at Information Station Specialists in Zeeland, Michigan, the nation's best known source for information radio stations (TIS/HAR), advisory signs and related specialized services. In addition to her secretary/treasurer role for AAIRO, Folland serves as AAIRO's webmaster. Contact Linda.
Jeff Braun

Employed by the second largest county in the Houston Metropolitan Area, Braun's strategy to collaborate, communicate and upgrade equipment has significantly enhanced the County's emergency management program. He 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 recently elected to the EMAT Board. He also serves as vice chair of the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee, chair of the Regional Collaboration Committee of the Houston Urban Area Security Initiative Working Group, and has been appointed to the Texas Preparedness Advisory Committee by the State’s Chief of Emergency Management. At this writing, Fort Bend County operates 10 Information Radio Stations. 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 ten 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 rampant/pervasive 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.