Don Bissell

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Aerospace project manager (retired), Sundstrand Aerospace Electric Power and Sundstrand Technology Development/Maxwell Data Management. Now historic preservationist having formed B&B Properties LLC and successfully restored a prominent building in downtown Rockford, IL. With that accomplished have acquired several properties and buildings along Cedar Street -- an area that harks to the founding days of Rockford. Locals will recognize it as the former Shumway Seed Company and Condon Brothers Seedsman buildings. Founded "Friends of Ziock" aka "FOZ", to bring about the redevelopment of a landmark, 105 year old, 13-story building. UPDATE May 2020 -- construction complete! -- A Hilton Embassy Suites Rockford Riverfront, 160 rooms with 10,000+ sq ft conference space. Working on catalysts for redevelopment of several other historic buildings in the immediate area. Graduate: Univ of Illinois, B.S., Communication , Commercial pilot since 1967; primary flight instructor since 1970, rotorcraft (helicopter) certification since in 1989. Experienced at rapid computer application development using MS-Access. Developed a broad range of very custom and complex applications for specific and critical uses. Interested in commercial and digital photography, lighting design, technology in general, historic preservation. Frequent international traveler.

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