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Chuck Bailey - Alabama
Retired from The Boeing Company after a career in electro-optics engineering including Rockwell International and the U.S. Army Missile Command.

Also retired from the Air National Guard as a Lt. Col. after 4 years active duty and 26 1/2 years in the ANG.  The first ten of those years were as an enlisted man, the remainder as an officer.

Most of the retirement time has been spent actively pursuing enactment of The Fair Tax Act (HR25), commonly known as The FAIRtax in the U.S. House.  In parallel, actively promoting The Alabama Economic Freedom Act, HB4 - Alabama’s FairTax - in the State House. 
Wiley Brooks - Alaska
Wiley Brooks grew on a small family farm in the state of Mississippi. He earned a degree in business management from Mississippi State University 1956.

Wiley Brooks was a 20-year career officer in the USAF advancing to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. He retired from active duty to enter business in 1977. A Vietnam veteran with 156 combat missions, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, The Meritorious Service Medal, The Air Force Commenda­tion Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Beginning in 1978, Brooks entered the real estate profession in Anchorage specializing in property management. In 1982, he established Wiley Brooks Co., a full-service real estate firm. He served as broker and CEO until 2002 when he began retirement. The company continues to operate. In retirement Brooks has remained active in community activities. Since 1999 he has been an active member and Alaska State Director of Americans for Fair Taxation.
Martin Sturmer - California
Martin Sturmer received his BS in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from California State University Sacramento, where his interest in business and finance got its start.

Martin recognized the need for tax reform long before the Tea Party held its first protest, growing out of his frustration at having to file tax returns in 6 different states because his Wife was a partner in a NY law firm. The whole system was mind-boggling.

His search for an organization devoted to tax reform ultimately led him to Americans For Fair Taxation, a grass roots organization devoted to eliminating the federal income tax system and replacing it with a federal consumption tax as best expressed by The FAIRtax, which would also eliminate the need for the IRS as an enforcement agency.  Martin currently serves as the State Director in California.
Jade Walle - Colorado
Jade is a partner in the Assurance practice of the Denver office of a Big 4 public accounting firm with 23 years of experience in financial statement audits of domestic, non-U.S. public and private companies. In 1996, Jade began his career with his firm in Tulsa, transferring to the firm's Global Capital Markets Group in London in 1999, where he assisted non-U.S. companies accessing the U.S. capital markets. Jade then repatriated to the firm’s Houston office in 2002, and served in the Tulsa office in 2008, serving SEC registrants in the energy sector. In 2016, Jade relocated to the firm’s Denver office, to serve SEC registrants in the MLP, exploration and production and mining segments.

Jade is involved in a variety of community activities including serving on the Oklahoma State University School of Accounting advisory board and the boards of directors for Junior Achievement- Rocky Mountain, Inc. and Centerwill, Inc., an outreach organization focusing on orphans and displaced children and mothers in Kenya. Jade also served on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Tulsa, prior to relocating to Denver, and on the Board of Directors of I Have a Dream-Houston in 2007-2008.

He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University BS & MS Accounting. Jade is a CPA, certified in OK, TX, CO, and is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Oklahoma Society of CPAs, Colorado Society of CPAs, Texas Society of CPAs. Jade has been married to his lovely Wife Kim for 21 years and has two beautiful girls, Sophia, Zoe and a son Vitalik who they adopted in 2014 from Ukraine. Jade’s personal interests include his faith in Christ, spending time on vacation with his family, tennis, and basketball.
Randy Fischer - Florida
During 36 years of hectic legal prqactice Randy Fischer had dozerns of interactions with IRS. None of them showed much, if any, agency competency.  He read about a Citizens initiative to end taxation of income, and by 1999 used his legal skills to find and research HR 25 The Fair Tax Act.  He was hooked and decided in 2001-2002 to try to build local groups in Ocala and Gainesville with modest success.  And then, life interrupted especially the destruction of the economy in 2007 and efforts at building off what was the beginning of a state organization came to a halt.

With retirement in 2012 he wanted to devote full time as a Florida FAIRtax Board Member helping with logistics and research on a state memorial and quickly moving to get then lagging social media efforts opened up on multiple platforms.  In 2014 Randy traveled to Houston, volunteered as coordinator of a Marketing and Communications Team and the rest as they say has been history.
Claude Mertzenich - Iowa
Claude has lived in Decorah, Iowa for almost 30 years.

From the periodic elements table in the background to this photo it will not surprise you to learn Claude teaches chemistry at Luther College in Decorah. Claude has a Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry from the University Of Wisconsin and a B.A. Chemistry from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Claude and his Wife, Lauri, have been married almost 30 years and have 4 adult children.
Ron Babin - Michigan
Ron grew up and lives in the “Great Lakes State” and enjoys sailing in Lake Huron.

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a B.S. Business Administration with a Major in Accounting, he worked for a private manufacturing company based in Detroit as Assistant Controller.  After working his way up to division General Manager, he returned to school at Walsh College where he received a Masters of Science in Finance.  Ron has since run his own business assisting small employers in administrative procedures with a focus on becoming computerized with in-house accounting systems and user-friendly database programs.

After seeing the significant negative impact the tax system had on businesses, Ron started his FAIRtax involvement in 2004 as the District Director covering Michigan’s 10th & 12th Congressional districts.  Given his diverse business background and thorough understanding of The FAIRtax, he accepted the position of Michigan Deputy State Director for FAIRtax.org in mid-2005, and then President of The Michigan FAIRtax Association in 2017.  Ron was elected to the Americans For Fair Taxation Board of Directors in 2019.
Armando Marianetti - New York
From East Rochester.  Small business owner since 1978, includes restaurants, auto parts store, financial services, and tutoring.

Bio-Educator Rochester City School District and FAIRtax NY & SMARTax Freedom for NY. Volunteering at Convention of States NY.

Studied Education at Roberts Wesleyan College, Masters in Education. Studied BA in Government at Georgetown University. Went to East Rochester High School, National Honor Society.
Adam Yomtov - New York
In 1996, I said, “Enough Is Enough!” I then decided to Volunteer on the overwhelming importance and necessity of enacting "True Fundamental Tax Reform".  I started with CATS - Citizens for An Alternative Tax System and shortly thereafter joined NRSTA - The National Retail Sales Tax Alliance.  For about 2 years, I visited the NBC studios at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, every Sunday morning at 7AM, where I held up a sign hoping the camera would pan onto me, and they did. I still remember calling Neal White after the 1st time and asking him if he received calls, and he said "Yes".  We received millions of dollars worth of advertising only at the expense of my Saturday night social life.

GOD sent me his beautiful hija to marry me [Patti is on the motorcycle with me during the 2010 Washington D.C. events] and we are the Parents of 2 Girls, 2 Boys, and also Grandparents.  I love The United States Of America and as an American Citizen, I have a sworn oath to defend The Constitution based upon the Founding Principles as espoused in The Declaration Of Independence. Join with us NOW!  Passing The FAIRtax and repealing The 16th Amendment will start to repair the 100+ years of damage caused by income-taxes and restore the correct relationship to exist between We-The-People and OUR governments.  May GOD continue to Bless America!
Laura McCue - North Carolina
Laura McCue is the CEO & President of White Oak Financial Management, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor, started in 2003.  She has been providing investment management and advice for 35 years.  Her firm offers professional investment management services and personal financial guidance to its clients.

Laura became involved with The FAIRtax movement in 2006 after reading the newly published book by Neal Boortz, "The FAIRtax", while flying across the country.  She found it fascinating, awakening, and exciting.  She returned to her hometown of Asheville, NC and soon attended a FAIRtax educational seminar in Greenville, SC.  At this event, Laura was so optimistic and excited about the potential for The FAIRtax, she agreed to become the Volunteer District Coordinator (NC-11).  Since then, she has served as a leader in her state and currently serves as the AFFT North Carolina Volunteer State Director.