Davis Honors Joe Ambrose on House Floor
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis today honored the life Horizon Hobby CEO, Joe Ambrose, on the House Floor. Ambrose passed away unexpectedly last Friday. Davis recommended Horizon Hobby be included on a Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Rulemaking Committee to develop regulations for micro drones for recreational and commercial use.
Below are his remarks:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of my friend and hobby radio control industry legend Joe Ambrose who passed away unexpectedly on Friday.
Joe was a lifelong resident of central Illinois and a graduate of the University of Illinois. He joined Horizon Hobby in Champaign in 2005 as vice president and in 2008, he became CEO where he successfully grew the business over the next decade. This past year he led the largest acquisition in radio control industry history through the purchase of cross-town competitor Hobbico RC.
Joe and his company were leading voices for establishing Micro UAS regulations, hosting myself and other stakeholders in June of 2016 for a roundtable on the topic. Horizon Hobby also participated in the FAA’s Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee. That group ultimately developed recommendations for performance-based regulations to allow certain unmanned aircraft to operate over people. Joe made things happen in this institution.
Joe’s visionary leadership will be missed and I extend my deepest condolences to his wife, Julie, their four children and eight grandchildren.