fred bell palm springs air museum

The Finish Line: Fred Bell

Meet the partner and chief operating officer of Nobel Energy Solutions, who doubles as vice chair on the Palm Springs Air Museum Board of Directors.

Site Staff Current Digital, Vision

fred bell palm springs air museum
PHOTOGRAPH BY NEIL HUSVAR

My name is …

Fred Bell.

My current job is …

partner and chief operating officer of Nobell Energy Solutions. I also have a nonprofit focus, which is the Palm Springs Air Museum as vice chair of the board.

My first paying job was …

carpenter’s apprentice on a construction site when I was about 14 years old. I picked
up a lot of nails!

My biggest non-job-related talent is …

restoring old Camaros.

My favorite food is …

imported pepperoni and provolone. That was my treat when I was sick as a kid.

My favorite nonfood indulgence is …

fishing and being on the water boating. When I was young, I had the opportunity to live on a boat, work as a deckhand/manage Sea World’s hydrofoil operation, and repair tuna boats for spare cash in San Diego.

My home is …

filled with my family. I have been very lucky to have a close relationship with my children as they have grown into adulthood. I enjoy being able to talk with them and be involved, in a limited way, in their journeys through life.

My friends call me …

well, some close friends call me Pooch. It dates back to when I was young and my mom called me Poochie.

When I’m alone, I …

read — not books so much anymore, but the internet is a fantastic place to see what’s going on. I am interested in historic aviation artifacts and enjoy reading about the little bits and bobs that turn up.

I start most days …

at my local Starbucks, where I know the staff. I like to know how they are, and it’s nice to get that positive greeting in the morning with your coffee.

I get inspired by …

people who stick to their vision. It’s not easy or sometimes popular to tell your truth. But in the end, folks should always know where you stand in a respectful way — and in turn have confidence that you will stand by them and their convictions.

I wish someone would invent …

a way to get rid of social media. Life is too short to spend a portion of it arguing about a topic that nobody is going to care about in a week.

My biggest secret is …

I am a closet computer geek. I started playing around with an Apple IIe, which is a museum piece now, and still love the newer stuff. My youngest son was a little surprised when I was able to upgrade the memory in his new computer.