Jeff founded Wild Ops after retiring from a family Chevrolet agency he ran for 36 years. Wm L Morris Chevrolet was founded by his grandfather in 1929 and remains one of the oldest Chevrolet agencies in the United States. He was former Director of International Consulting for J. D. Power & Associates, where he designed and implemented consultancies for Subaru of America and Honda of America’s Acura Division. Jeff serves on the International Board of Directors for Joni and Friends Disability Ministry and also on the Board of Only Hope Prison Ministries. Jeff graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1975, with a BS Degree in Speech Communications. Jeff and his wife Nancy have been married for 20 years and have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Drew has lived in 7 states and visited 40 out of 50 (25 on motorcycle), lived in 2 countries, and visited many more, having been on 4 continents. He served from 2001 – 2014 in the Marine Corps as both a musician and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician where he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2009) and the 22 Marine Expeditionary Unit (2011). He was medically retired and currently resides in Pennsylvania. He manages a farmstead, rehabs a 1700’s stone farm house, is a stay at home dad for three awesome kids, married to an amazing wife of 15 years and serves as the Director of Veteran Services for Wild Ops.
David Spady is President of River Public Affairs Group, a strategic media and political consulting agency. Spady has appeared on numerous television news broadcasts including CNN, FOX News, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Inside Edition. His editorials have been broadly published in newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. He was honored with a Telly Award for campaign ads. Spady advises Salem Media Group’s talk radio network on content and programming, and managed the company’s public affairs division. He is a member of the the National Hunting and Shooting Sports Advisory Council at the US Department of Interior, and serves on the boards of the Montana Outdoor Legacy Foundation, Wild Ops Veterans Ministry, and the Congressional Western Caucus Foundation.
Lane Benefield is a commercial airline pilot and military veteran who grew up hunting and fishing in North Florida. He is a Distinguished Graduate of Florida State University ROTC and served in the Air Force from 1990 to 2014 on both active and reserve assignments. His duty history includes HQ USAF Intra-theater Mobility Requirements, Commander of Expeditionary and European Stars and Stripes, and Air Education Training Command Technical Training Division Chief. Benefield is a command pilot with combat and combat support missions in Operations Desert Storm, Northern/Southern Watch, and Allied Force. Lane and his wife, Annemarie have been married for 25 years, live in San Antonio, Texas and have two sons.
Retiring in January, 2019, Doug served for 20 years as President and CEO of Joni and Friends, the premiere international Christian non-profit that serves people affected by disabilities. Prior to Joni and Friends, Doug’s distinguished career in the automotive industry included serving as the senior American executive for American Suzuki Motor Corporation where he wrote the marketing plan that successfully launched Suzuki automobiles in this country. Under his leadership, the Suzuki Samurai was named one of the top 10 marketed products in the United States and became the subject of a Harvard case study. Mazza later joined Hyundai Motor America as its top American executive, serving five years as Chief Operating Officer. Doug served in the US Army as Sgt E5, 6thArmored Cavalry, 1970-1972.