We are both happy and sad to announce that Golda Eldridge officially retired from his volunteer position with the Green to Grey Program at the McLennan Small Business Development Center in December 2015. Golda has been with the McLennan SBDC since 1999; first, as a business adviser and later as a volunteer starting in 2006. The Green to Grey Program is designed to help veterans speed their military to civilian transition by developing entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to start a business.
Golda had a long and distinguished military career and brought a wealth of experience and insight to our center. He attended the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, graduating in June 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in October 1987 with 24 plus years. While on active duty, he was a pilot and held numerous command positions, including operating a 23,000-acre installation with 5,000 personnel and dependents.
While stationed at the Pentagon, he received a Master of Arts in Management and Communications from Central Michigan University Extension, Washington D.C. Upon retirement, he was employed by Reflecton Corp. of Tampa, Florida to create computer-based training for Naval Flight Crews in the multi-place E-6A. During this time, he was Director of Operations and responsible for the scheduling of all activity on site. He then went to work at ESI in Waco as a pilot in the Fleet Electronic Warfare System and advanced to Chief Pilot and Chief of Operations, supervising 15 flight crew members and managing worldwide flight operations.
Throughout the years, Golda has assisted veterans with their military to civilian business transition with his unique and thoughtful style of leadership. Golda, we thank you for your steadfast service and wish you all the best. We know you’ll remain as active as ever in retirement, and hope you enjoy a happy, healthy, well-deserved vacation!