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Yavapai Republican Men’s Forum Luncheon – January 9, 2023

The Yavapai Republican Men’s Forum will have two speakers at their next monthly luncheon on Monday, January 9th. at the Prescott Vibes Event Center, 6200 Hwy 89 (see map at bottom).  Doors open at 10:30 am, and the event starts promptly at 11:30am.  Parking is free.  An RSVP is required. The deadline for making reservations is 10 pm, January 4th.

Robin Sobotta, Ph.D., Airport Director, Prescott Regional Airport (Ernest A. Love Field)

Dr. Sobotta is an Accredited Airport Executive with 20 years’ experience at four commercial service airports and two general aviation airports.  She previously served as the Founding Chair of the School of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and as a NASA business consultant.

Robin served on State Commissions for Aerospace and Defense, and Non-Traditional Employment for Women.  She was also a Panelist on four Transportation Research Board (TRB) Airport Projects relating to passenger terminal design, passenger processing systems, and social media for customer engagement.

Robin authored a book on the Administration of Public Airports and holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University and an MBA in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Professor Parker W. Northrup III

Professor Parker W. Northrup III, Col, USAF (Retired), currently, serves as Chair, Flight Department, for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus. He is responsible for operations, maintenance, and support functions required to produce commercial multi-engine pilots and instructors over the course of a four-year collegiate program.  He currently has over 850 flight students executing 50,000+ flight hours per year in Textron-Cessna 172S and Diamond DA42 aircraft.  He holds FAA certificates as Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor and, in addition to his administrative duties, teaches in the aircraft with his students.

Professor Northrup also teaches online for Air University (Maxwell AFB, Alabama). His courses focus on the principles of leadership and the role of Airpower in US National Security Strategy.

From 2015 – 2017, he worked in the Office of Democracy and Governance within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ukrainian Mission. During this time, he led the start-up of and managed the $19M, jointly funded American-British USAID Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services (TAPAS) anti-corruption project.

In 2012, Colonel Northrup retired after 24 years in USAF. He commanded Air Force Element-Defense Threat Reduction Agency; the 5thOperations Group; and the 11th Bomb Squadron. During his career, he flew over 3,500 hours, primarily in the B-52 Stratofortress.

He is a 1996 recipient of The Mackay Trophy for the most meritorious USAF flight of the year as determined by the National Aeronautics Association.

He is married to Carol S. Northrup, Col., USAF (ret) and they have three grown children.


In order to keep costs as low as possible, payment for lunch is taken in cash or check at the door.  The cost for lunch is $30 per person.

Remember – a reservation made is a reservation paid.  If you do not attend after holding a reservation past the cancellation deadline, please submit your payment for the lunch as outlined in the emails you received after making your reservation.  The cutoff for accepting cancellations is 10:00PM the Wednesday before the Luncheon (December 7th).

Who Can Attend

YRMF Luncheons are Members-Only events.  We have moved to a Members-Only organization in fairness to our members who pay yearly dues and support the cause and purpose of the Yavapai Republican Men’s Forum.  We are anticipating greater participation from membership and the ability to attract a wider range of guest speakers.  If you are not a member but are interested in attending a luncheon before becoming a member, you can either have an existing YRMF member sponsor you (they need to include you on their luncheon reservation) or send us an email to: luncheon@yrmf.org requesting a reservation – include your full name, address, and phone number – and we will get back to you.

To become a YRMF Member, click HERE

To Register for the Luncheon, click HERE


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