Lessons in Leadership
Concurrent – Option B
Thursday, June 13, 11 a.m.
Director of Volunteer Services
Travelers Aid of the Inland Empire
Chet Sobotka is the director of volunteer services for Travelers Aid of the Inland Empire at the Ontario International Airport in Ontario, CA. Chet has been in this position for only 9 months and coordinates 77 volunteers at the airport.
Prior to be hired for the only paid-position at Travelers Aid, Chet served as a volunteer for two years. While serving as a volunteer, he was the recipient of an Outstanding Community Service Award that was presented to him by the West End YMCA Ontario-Montclair Organization at their annual Veterans Prayer Breakfast.
Chet is a 10-year Navy and Vietnam War veteran. After the Navy, Chet worked for 34 years for a major defense contractor before retiring. He started his career there as an instructor/curriculum writer and finished managing one of the largest Army programs that his division had at that time.
A board member of Honor Flights of the Inland Empire, Chet is the organization’s liaison with the airport. Honor Flights of the Inland Empire is an organization that covers all expenses so that 30 Ontario-area vets can travel to Washington to visit the various memorials.
Twice a year, Chet facilitates a 12-week personal finance class at his church.