Marty Gould began Beacon Aviation in 1993 after leaving his job as head of information systems at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Resolution Trust Corporation in Houston.
In 1995, he and his family of six relocated to the Mineola area, arriving in a 40-foot RV that also served as a makeshift home.
“We showed up in the Lindale area with a one-ton truck, an RV and two airplanes. We located literally where the Cracker Barrel is now. We had friends that owned it and they allowed us to park there as I tried to figure out where I would base my operation,” he said.
He secured a contract with Citgo pipeline and wanted to find a place near the center of the pipeline. He met Wood County Airport President Randy Bateman, who told him about the Mineola’s Wisener Field airport. Henry Wisener and Bateman were instrumental in the success of Beacon Aviation.
“Upon doing so (moving to Wisener Field), I felt like I was at home. He (Henry Wisener) was absolutely critical to our success because he allowed us to set our job trailer up on the airport and two airplanes sitting on the airport front yard,” Gould said.
He then squeezed the family and his office into the RV at the airport for nearly a year. The business was stationed at Wisener from 1995 to 2016 when they moved to the Wood County Airport in the summer.
While flying to Sour Lake, Texas, to pick up the southern end of his Citgo East Texas pipeline, Gould prayed to God for help in his business, and that the answer to that 9,000-foot prayer was looking out of the aircraft as never before, with a new desire and passion to “let the world see what I see,” he recalled.
“It was there that all of my life experiences came together, from expensive aviation certifications and hours, to a career in the Fortune 500 high tech world, to my love for photography. Once these three areas of my life merged, my small business took off. I will always be thankful to Christ my savior and provider, and the good people here in East Texas he has so richly blessed me and my family with,” Gould said.