TAC Air Announces Winner of Antique Watercraft at NBAA Convention

 

TEXARKANA, Texas (September 26, 2007) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, announced today that Dave Leuschel of Taylors, S.C., is the lucky winner of a beautifully restored 1959 Chris-Craft Capri Runabout, valued at more than $45,000.

Leuschel, who pilots a Citation XL for a private company, registered to win the Chris-Craft at the TAC Air fixed-based operations (FBO) facility in Greenville, S.C, just one of thousands of entrants vying for the antique watercraft.

Leuschel could not stop smiling after winning the Chris-Craft. He and his wife Cara said they will have the boat on a lake in their hometown this weekend. “I couldn’t believe it when I won!” said Leuschel. A pilot since 1995, Leuschel was the third finalist to take his turn at breaking a champagne bottle against the Chris-Craft to reveal the winning ticket inside. “I have been to almost every TAC Air FBO, and they do a first-class job every time I visit. I feel great and can’t thank TAC Air enough for this beautiful boat.”

Leuschel, along with the two other finalists, were flown to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Atlanta, Ga., where the final drawing for the Chris-Craft took place. Each finalist received a champagne bottle with a ticket hidden inside, and the winner took his turn christening the boat by breaking open the bottle and revealing the winning ticket. Leuschel celebrated with TAC Air staff and convention attendees as TAC Air popped the cork on a bottle of real champagne to mark the occasion.

The finalists represent three of more than 21,000 entries received since February, a 40 percent increase over entries for the previous year’s giveaway.

All pilots using TAC Air’s FBO services at its 11 different locations were eligible to submit one entry a day until the August 15 deadline. This year’s giveaway of Timeless, the classic 1959 Chris-Craft Capri Runabout, was one of the 1950s most popular upscale boat designs. The boat’s records show that only 64 of these models were built in 1959, and only 12 remain in working condition. Timeless has won multiple contests for pristine upkeep and restoration.

The two other finalists were Michael Carpenter of Birmingham, Ala., a medical helicopter pilot, and Doug Campbell of Columbia, Ky., who pilots a Cessna Citation II for a private company. Carpenter registered at the TAC Air FBO in Shreveport, La., and Campbell registered at the TAC Air FBO at Lexington, Ky.

The Chris-Craft culminates TAC Air’s 2007 You’re the Big Fish at TAC Air marketing campaign. The campaign invited pilots to come to TAC Air to be treated like the big fish in TAC Air’s small pond meaning, the FBO chain’s more than 300 associates treat customers with excellent customer service and the best line service available. This year’s giveaway continues TAC Air’s tradition that began several years ago during the NBAA convention. Giveaways at previous NBAA conventions included a Hummer H3, a Rolex watch, a 2000 Volkswagen Bug, a 2001 PT Cruiser, a 1945 yellow vintage Piper Cub and a perfectly restored 1957 Thunderbird convertible.

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TAC Air Selects Three Finalists for “Timeless” Chris-Craft Giveaway at NBAA Convention

 

Media Invited to Giveaway at the TAC Air Booth #805, Wednesday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m.

TEXARKANA, Texas (August 24, 2007) – TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, has announced that Doug Campbell of Columbia, Ky., Dave Leuschel of Taylors, S.C., and Michael Carpenter of Birmingham, Ala. are finalists who have a chance at winning a fully restored 1959 Chris-Craft Capri Runabout, courtesy of TAC Air.

The finalists represent three of more than 21,000 entries received since February, a 40% increase over entries for the previous year’s giveaway. All pilots using TAC Air’s fixed-base operation (FBO) services at its 11 different locations were eligible to submit one entry a day until the August 15 deadline. This year’s giveaway is “Timeless”, a classic 1959 Chris-Craft Capri Runabout and one of the 1950s most popular upscale boat designs. The boat’s records show that only 64 of these models were built in 1959, and only 12 remain in working condition. “Timeless”, valued at over $45,000, has won multiple contests for pristine upkeep and restoration.

This year’s interest in the campaign has skyrocketed, and it is a special treat for us to have found such a beautiful boat to give away that fits so well with our campaign,” said Greg Arnold, President and CEO of Truman Arnold Companies. “We are looking forward to giving the Chris-Craft to the lucky winner in Atlanta.”

On the heels of the overwhelmingly successful presentation of last year’s Hummer H3 giveaway, TAC Air will again sponsor the three finalists to attend the NBAA Meeting and Convention in Atlanta September 25-27. “Timeless” will be given away at 2 p.m. at the TAC Air booth #805 on Wednesday, September 26.

The Chris-Craft culminates TAC Air’s 2007 “You’re the Big Fish at TAC Air” marketing campaign. The campaign invites pilots to come to TAC Air to be treated like the big fish in TAC Air’s small pond meaning, the FBO chain’s more than 300 associates treat customers with excellent customer service and the best line service available. This year’s giveaway continues TAC Air’s tradition that began several years ago during the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. Giveaways at previous NBAA conventions include a Hummer H3, a Rolex watch, a 2000 Volkswagen “Bug”, a 2001 PT Cruiser, a 1945 yellow vintage Piper Cub and a perfectly restored 1957 Thunderbird convertible.

“The ‘Big Fish’ campaign has made a big, bold statement throughout our network,” said Arnold. “With larger than life banners and close attention to helping our customers feel like the big fish in our small pond, this year’s campaign has made a big impact. Giving away the Chris-Craft at the NBAA show will certainly make one of our customers feel like the biggest fish of all.”

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Arnolds Receive Honorary Doctorate Degrees From Texas A&M University – Texarkana

 

TEXARKANA, Texas (May 16, 2007) – Truman Arnold and Anita Arnold not only served as guest speakers at the May 12 spring commencement exercises for Texas A&M University – Texarkana (TAMUT), they also became the recipients of two prestigious, honorary Doctor of Leadership degrees. Graduates, faculty, staff and the community celebrated as the philanthropic couple received their tassels and robes and were recognized for their exceptional efforts to further the educational outreach of the University.

Known as the founder and Chairman of Truman Arnold Companies, Truman Arnold and spouse Anita Arnold, are known throughout the region for their successful businesses and charitable work in the community. The Arnolds fully support TAMUT’s goal to provide residents of Northeast Texas with the broadest possible access to quality educational opportunities and educational services.

“It is a great honor for us to receive this recognition from TAMUT,” said Anita Arnold. “We believe in investing in the future of students by building up the facilities and programs that will help them achieve the skills they need to become the business leaders and outstanding citizens in our community.”

Long-time supporters of TAMUT, the Arnolds have endowed several educational programs and positions including the Chair of Information Sciences. Anita Arnold has served as a member of the Women for TAMUT Board. The Arnolds are also a pivotal part of the expansion of the TAMUT campus currently under construction on 375 acres north of Texarkana. Approximately 75 acres were received as a gift from the Truman and Anita Arnold Foundation.

Recommendations for honorary degrees were made by the faculty, the administration, or members of the Board of Regents. The Arnolds join another renowned Texarkana native, H. Ross Perot, who received an honorary doctorate of leadership in 2006, the first such award A&M-Texarkana gave since it joined the Texas A&M University System in 1996.

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Classic Watercraft Giveaway Happening Now at 11 TAC Air FBO Locations

 

TEXARKANA, Texas (May 15, 2007) – TAC Air, providing fixed-base operation (FBO) aviation services at 11 locations nationwide, plans to give away a fully-restored, antique watercraft as part of its “You’re the Big Fish at TAC Air” campaign.

The campaign invites pilots to come to TAC Air where they’ll be treated like the big fish in TAC Air’s small pond—meaning, the FBO chain’s more than 300 associates will treat customers with excellent customer service and the best line service available. As in past years, this campaign includes the giveaway of a major prize just as impressive as previous prizes which include a 2007 Hummer H3, a restored 1957 Thunderbird convertible and a vintage 1945 yellow Piper Cub.

This year’s giveaway is “Timeless”, a classic 1959 Chris-Craft Capri Runabout and one of the 1950s most popular upscale boat designs. The boat’s records show that only 64 of these models were built in 1959, and only 12 remain in working condition. “Timeless”, valued at over $45,000, has won multiple contests for pristine upkeep and restoration.

On the heels of the overwhelmingly successful presentation of last year’s Hummer H3 giveaway, TAC Air will again sponsor three finalists to attend the NBAA Meeting and Convention in Atlanta September 25-27. “Timeless” will be given away at 2 p.m. at the TAC Air booth #805 on Wednesday, September 26.

Entries for the giveaway of “Timeless” are available when visiting any TAC Air location until the August 15 deadline. Limit is one entry per person per day. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Entrants must be at least 18 years old and be able to attend the NBAA Meeting and Convention in September.

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