The SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In announces changes to its Board of Directors.


Lakeland, Florida: The SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In is pleased to announce the following changes to its Board of Directors.

As the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo closed on Sunday, April 16, 2018, Chairman of the Board, Bob Knight, stepped down as the Chairman of the organization after serving for six and a half successful years. While this was his last Fly-in as Chairman, he will remain on the SUN ‘n FUN Board.

During the May 17th 2018 Board meeting, Dr. Harley Richards was elected Chairman. Bob Beaty and Rick Garcia remained as Vice President and Treasurer respectively and Jeff Kincart was elected Secretary. Dr. Harley Richards has served as a Director on the SUN ‘n FUN Board for 10 years and is an accomplished pilot. He has a commercial pilot rating, single engine land and sea rating, multiengine land and sea rating as well as instrument and rotorcraft ratings. Having been raised in Lakeland, Dr. Richards returned in 1980 and built his practice, New Teeth Now, all while earning an extensive list of professional certifications including a Board Certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In addition, he has served as Chief of the Division of Oral Surgery at Lakeland Regional Medical Center numerous times.

Dr. Richards volunteers his time and expertise supporting the mission of SUN ‘n FUN and provides pro bono services at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. He has served on the Board of the Florida Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as the American Cancer Society of Polk County where he served as President. Dr. Richards is married to Martha and they have three children. He can be seen riding around Lakeland on one of his myriad of motorcycles.

John Leenhouts, President and CEO of SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In is in agreement with the decision the Board has made stating “All of us on the SUN ‘n FUN Team, Staff as well as Volunteers, have enjoyed working with Harley in several volunteer positions during the Fly-in over the past several years and are now looking forward to his leadership as the Chairman.”

About SUN ‘n Fun Fly-In Inc.: The SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo is the largest fundraising event for The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). As a 501 (c)3 organization, it funds over $2M annually in STEM-related educational programs and scholarships, reaching over 30,000 youth each year. The proceeds from the Fly-In provide venues of opportunities that excite today’s youth by exposing them to the technologies that will prepare them for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. For more information, please visit

Carol Cali Director of Marketing SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In Inc. 863-644-2431