Joe Nichols, born in Cooperstown, NY, is a multifaceted individual with a diverse range of experiences. He graduated from Fort Plain Central Schools in Fort Plain, NY, before pursuing his higher education at SUNY (State University of New York) in Johnstown, NY. It was during his formative years that his passion for aviation took flight, nurtured by his stepfather who managed Nellis Field Airport and served as a flight instructor in Fort Plain, NY.
From 1970 to 2005, Joe built a successful career in telephone communications, working for esteemed companies such as GTE, General Telephone, Continental Telephone, and Frontier Communications. In 1983, he established his own venture, Executone Business Telephones, which he owned and operated until its acquisition in 2005, subsequently transforming into Mobius Communications. Additionally, from 2008 to 2013, he dedicated his talents to Great Lakes Aviation in Scottsbluff, serving in customer service.
Joe's involvement in his community and various organizations is admirable. Throughout the years, he has actively participated in the Big Brother Program and held significant positions such as President of the Twin City Tree Commission, board member of the Scottsbluff Rural Fire Protection District, board member of Northwest Kansas Technical College, and past member of Kiwanis of Scottsbluff. Notably, since 1983, he has volunteered as a firefighter and Lieutenant on the WNRA ARFF, demonstrating his commitment to public safety.
Beyond his professional and community engagements, Joe is a dedicated family man. He proudly shares his life with two sons, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Together with his son and family, he also raises Red Angus and American Aberdeen Black and Red Angus.
Excited to contribute to the Western Nebraska Regional Airport, Joe embraces the opportunity to serve as a board member of the board of directors, leveraging his wealth of experience and passion for aviation to make a positive impact on the organization's endeavors.