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MEET THE NOMINEES

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Steve Wysong

Wysong Enterprises -
Blountville, Tennessee
Since the early 1970s, Steve
Wysong has worked in various niches
of the aviation
industry, including,
helicopters, airliners,
corporate jets and
small airplanes.
Today, Wysong
Enterprises Inc.,
located at the
Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville,
Tennessee, is one of the few
independent customizing facilities that
is still family-owned and -operated.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Wysong

always had an interest in electronics
growing up. In 1970, he moved
to Miami, Florida, and after a few
years of attending an electronic
technical school, he got his first job
at Collins Radio. There, he worked
on black boxes used by the airlines
flying out of the Miami International
Airport. After that, he went to work
at Sunstream Jet Center at Fort
Lauderdale Airport and became the
avionics manager after six months.
As technology evolved in the late
1970s, Wysong founded his first
business in 1979, Wysong Avionics
Inc., located on North Perry Airport
in the Miami/Hollywood area. While
at this location, he worked on some
of the helicopters owned by several
Miami television stations. This was
the start of numerous completions of

electronic news-gathering helicopters
scattered across the entire country
from Miami to Los Angeles to New
York. In 1982, he moved Wysong
Avionics to Lancaster, South Carolina,
where he continued to work on
various models of helicopters and
airplanes.
In the late 1980s, Wysong sold
his test equipment to Edwards &
Associates Inc. and managed the
company's avionics shop. After two
years, he felt the need to become his
own boss once again. "A lot of times,
people that succeed in business have
failed the first time around," he said.
"But if we learn from that failure,
you can become successful the
second time."
Since its beginnings, Wysong
included his family in his business

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