CHRIS ALLEN, FOUNDER/PRESIDENT|
A proud native of Madison, Indiana, Chris is the third generation to be involved
with aviation. His grand-
father James R. Allen and
father R. Bruce Allen were
both private pilots from Louisville, Kentucky. Chris worked for American
Trans Air (ATA Airlines) for seven years, where his excitement for aviation blossomed.
After the collapse of ATA in 2008, Allen embraced his entrepreneurial passions as he set out build a similar brand to ATA from the ground up. Passion, hard work, and enthusiasm abounds as Chris cites the love for his father Bruce and his son Samuel for devoting his entire life to making Legacy Travel Club a reality. Long hours, sleepless nights, and many days on the road are all part of the job, which he embraces every single day.
Allen lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wife Sandy and son Samuel.
DONALD C. SMITH, ADVISOR
Don is the CEO and President of Smith & Company Holdings, LLC, an international business consulting firm specializing in business planning with emphasis on sales and marketing, strategic alliances, acquisitions and divestitures. He is also a partner in Ridley Capital Group in Louisville, KY. He also is experienced with Federal Supply Schedule/GSA, attracting capital infusion, business continuity, market research/analysis and general business consultation.
During his corporate career he has held positions as Chief Strategy Officer, Executive Vice-President, President and CEO. As a recognized international management and marketing executive and consultant he has served a number of diversified companies in that role including: Weyerhaeuser Corporation, Comdisco, Inc., Acceleration Systems, LLC., LocalView, LLC, Elliptical Mobile Solutions, General Electric, El Camino, Global Marine, Compusource, AIM, Provident, Honeywell Corporation, Calvin Klein Industries, Bioenergy, Inc., Data-Com Facilities, Norsk Data of Norway, Tropical Oysters Limited, Control Data Corporation, Credit Thrift, The Military Channel, VIDECO, Winston Industries, Dialogic Communications Corp., Agility Recovery Services, Hewlett-Packard, the Department of Justice and most recently Legacy Travel Club.
Mr. Smith lives with his lovely wife, Kathy, in the Floyds Knobs, Indiana residential area near metropolitan Louisville, Kentucky.
FRED ”RICK” N. ROPKEY III,
Rick Ropkey, a graduate of DePauw University was previously the President of Ropkey Graphics working with such clients as, Allison, Disney World, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lilly, Roche, Rolls Royce, and Thomson Electronics among others. After his 40 year career at Ropkey Graphics, a 114 year old family business, he decided to shift his focus and energy on his lifelong passion for aviation.
Rick Ropkey’s enthusiasm for aviation has taken him all over the world; The Aleutian Islands, Israel, France, Poland, South America and the Caribbean Basin. Ropkey, a pilot of 40 years, brings unique knowledge and experience to Legacy Travel Club. He helped create and establish a state of the art avionics repair and testing facility in Warsaw Poland. He holds a Private Pilot’s license with multi and single engine land, as well as single engine seaplane ratings along with a US DOT FAA A&P Certificate. Ropkey is a Senior Certified Aircraft Appraiser, among 225 professionals credentialed by the National Aircraft Appraisers Association.
He has received numerous awards and recognition over the years for his restoration and operation of over 20 plus aircraft. Notable among these are a U.S. Navy Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune Anti-Submarine Patrol Aircraft, U.S. Air force Lockheed T-33 Korean War Vintage Jet trainer, Polish Cold War veteran, Antonov AN-2 (Largest Bi-Plane in the world), and a World War 2 U.S. Army Corps, World War 2 Boeing PT-17 Stearman open cockpit biplane.
Above all of his accomplishments, Ropkey’s greatest source of pride is having co-founded the Ropkey Armor Museum in 1982 with his father, Fred. This collection is known worldwide for its preservation of our nation’s military history and was recently voted one of the top ten military museums in the United States.