Shannon Hemphill grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After graduating high school, she joined the workforce where she developed an interest in finance and investments. Over the years she has held various positions with companies such as AEGON Transamerica, Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, and Universal Lending Corporation. With her most recent employer, First Federal Credit Union in Iowa, she served in a dual capacity as both the Branch Supervisor and Personal Banker; now operating remotely in customer support after relocating to Florida.
In 2019, Shannon returned to school to complete her college education. She received her Associate of Applied Science in Business Management and her Project Management Certificate in 2021, followed by Associate of Arts degree from Eastern Florida State College in 2022. In May of 2023, Shannon will graduate with her bachelor’s in Organizational Management with a specialization in Human Resource Management. She is also dual enrolled at Florida Institute of Technology through a SmartTrack program to complete her MBA. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Beta Delta Academic Honors society. Shannon aspires to become a Human Resource Manager as she works to develop and support an inclusive workforce that is representative of the world we live in.
In August of 2020, Shannon and her husband, Ramone, launched The 99th Squadron, Inc., a non-profit organization seeking to expose young people, particularly minorities and underserved populations to the vast opportunities in the aviation industry. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the organization, maintaining compliance and establishing 5-year projections of fundraising, community impact, and strategic alliances among partnering firms and schools to establish STEM pipelines for underserved populations. Shannon and her husband have four children. She and the family enjoy playing basketball and cheering on the Army Black Knights where their oldest daughter attends school, the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Clinton Cunningham was born in Tampa, FL, but grew up in Tallahassee, FL where he graduated high school in 2000. From there, he went on to do 2 years of college in Jacksonville where he majored in Aviation Management. After completing his second year, he then decided to join the United States Air Force, where he would be deployed twice; once in 2009 to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom and a second time in 2013 to Afghanistan in the Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign. Clinton completed 12.5 years of Active Duty and is still serving in the United States Air Force Reserve for the last 5 years as a Quality Assurance Inspector for Aerospace Ground Equipment at MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL at his current rank of Technical Sergeant.
Currently, Clinton is employed by ERC/Oasis Consulting as a software developer, working at Kennedy Space Center, in Merritt Is, FL on the NASA Artemis Program. In his spare time, Clinton loves to fly his 1975 Piper Archer every chance that he can and still has a dream of becoming a professional pilot. He has racked up 460 flight hours and over 200 hrs just in the past year. Clinton earned his Private Pilot’s License with an instrument rating in 2018 and on the tail end of completing his Commercial Airplane License this month.
Clinton is married to his wife of almost 9 years (Latoya) and has a 17-year-old daughter (Asjani) who has plans on attending the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta campus when she graduates in 2023. In his spare time, Clinton loves to play music, most notably on his drums in which he has been playing since the 5th grade. He has also taken a liking to learning how to play the bass guitar in recent years with hopes of mastering that instrument as well. Clinton’s short term goals are to keep helping and inspiring youth and build positive working relationships in aviation.
Ramone Hemphill grew up in Charlotte, N.C. and developed an interest in aviation while in high school from attending a program that allowed kids to explore Air Traffic Control Towers. He earned his Bachelors in Computer Science from North Carolina A&T State University and began his career at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as a Systems Engineer in Avionics. After completing a free ground school course in 2007, he took some introductory flight lessons while working on integration teams that were developing new flight decks for commercial aviation customers, including Boeing, Bombardier, Airbus and Embraer.
Ramone got back into flying after joining the Honda Aircraft Company in North Carolina to help push their premier HondaJet program into production, where he became a private pilot in 2012, obtaining an Instrument Rating in 2014. He continued building hours throughout the subsequent career moves, from Part 23 Flight Testing at BendixKing/Honeywell (Albuquerque), to Flight Control Actuation Systems at Moog Aircraft Group (Buffalo) for military drones, eventually adding a Complex Endorsement when he returned to Iowa while testing display applications on military helicopters before finally getting sick of cold weather and moving to Central Florida.
Ramone’s biggest priority in flying has been to build an advocacy for General Aviation (GA), especially in the eyes of our youth. He founded a non-profit called “The 99th Squadron”, he compiles his flight footage into annual videos entitled “StarScream”, and instructs children on Drone flying as a Part 107 certified operator to help spread the awareness of aviation opportunities especially throughout the African American community. Ramone holds a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Project Management from Florida Institute of Technology. His wife, Shannon Hemphill, along with their four children, have become experienced co-pilots, with their two youngest sons taking their first private flights as early as nine months old. Their oldest son has been racking up plenty of time as a front seat passenger, taking the controls. Their daughter earned a flight training scholarship where she briefly explored the joy of flight before heading off to the US Military Academy to study law.