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Northwest Chapter, American Association of Airport Executives, 2016 Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Pete Higgins, AAE

Director of Airport Operations, Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports

Term expires: October, 2017

Peter L. Higgins, A.A.E. is the Director of Airport Operations at Salt Lake City International Airport. He spent the early part of his career in the heavy civil construction industry, employed in various positions including engineering/estimating, corporate fleet/property management and senior project management positions spanning a twenty six year career. 

In 2001 Pete decided it was time for a new challenge and entered the aviation industry working in his home town. In April of 2001 he accepted a position at Salt Lake International as their Director of Airport Maintenance. Pete's interest in the airport business started at an early age. When he was about one month old his father moved the family to Spokane, Washington where Pete's father worked for a two years as a supervisor on a construction project at Geiger Field, better known today as Spokane International Airport.

His education includes Engineering/Project Management at Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah. He earned his Professional Construction Equipment Management Accreditation at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Pete earned his Accredited Airport Executive designation in 2008 and is currently studying Business Management at Western Governors University.

He married the girl of his dreams and together they survived raising four children and are now enjoying being grandparents. Pete currently resides in South Jordan Utah with his wife Gayle.

 

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Larry Krauter, AAE, AICP

Chief Executive Officer, Spokane Airports

Term expires: October, 2017

Lawrence J. Krauter currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Spokane International Airport, Felts Field and the Airport Business Park, collectively referred to as Spokane Airports. 

Before joining Spokane Airports, he served as the Interim Executive Director/CEO of the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority (Pennsylvania) and also served as the Deputy Executive Director/COO and as the Director of Planning & Engineering.

Prior to working for the Leghigh Northampton Airport Authority, Larry held the position of Airport Planner at the City of Columbus (Ohio) Division of Airports. He started his career as an engineer assistant with the Ohio Department of Transportation working on the construction of bridge and highway projects in northeast Ohio.
He is a Past President of the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania and was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to serve two terms on the Governor's Aviation Advisory Committee. Larry is an Accredited Airport Executive and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the professional institute of the American Planning Association. Larry also earned multiple certifications from the Constructions Specifications Institute. Larry served as an appointed member and then Chairman of the City of Bethlehem ( PA) City Planning Commission where he was involved in the largest brownfield redevelopment project in the country. Larry is a graduate of The Ohio State University.
 

In addition to being a Northwest Chapter/ AAAE Officer, Larry has served as a member of the AAAE Policy Review Committee and currently serves on the AAAE Board of Directors and is Chairman of the AAAE Operations, Safety & Planning Committee. In his community, Larry serves as a Board member of Greater Spokane, Inc., VISITSpokane and the Spokane Regional Transportation Council. Larry resides in Spokane, Wash., with his wife and daughter.

 

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Greg Phillips, AAE

Director of Aviation, Colorado Springs Airport

Term expires: October 2017

Greg Phillips serves as the Director of Aviation for the Colorado Springs Airport.  He is an instrument rated commercial pilot and holds an engineering degree from West Point.  

Greg earned his wings as a helicopter pilot and Army Ranger.  Following military service as an Officer in the Army, he worked as an engineering project manager for Boeing and as a Civil Engineer and Program Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration.  While at the FAA, he served as Deputy Program Manager during the design and construction of the Denver International Airport.  He has served in executive positions at five airports, beginning with the Bend Municipal Airport in Oregon, where he was named Oregon Airport  Manager of the Year.  He served as Deputy Director at the Missoula, Montana International Airport, as Airport Director in Wenatchee, Washington and as the Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport Executive Director before assuming his current role in Colorado Springs.  Greg additionally serves as First Vice President of the Northwest Chapter Board of Directors for the American Association of Airport Executives.

He is an Accredited Airport Executive, a Senior Fellow in the Council for Excellence in Government, and an active member of the Colorado Airport Operators’ Association.  Outside work, he is an avid bicyclist and a long time alpine ski race coach.  
 

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

Cathryn Stephens, AAE

Assistant Airport Director, Eugene Airport

Term expires: October 2017

Cathryn Stephens came to the Eugene Airport in January 2007 where she now holds the position of Assistant Airport Director overseeing the day-to-day operation of EUG including Operations, Maintenance and Security; Project Management; and Airport Services. She was previously Deputy Director over Airport Services.

An Accredited Airport Executive, Cathryn serves on the AAAE Airline Economics and Air Service Committee, has chaired the AAAE Digital Media Summit conference committee, and has served on many AAE final interview panels. She is a past president of the Oregon Airport Management Association.

Cathryn serves on the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council. She also served on planning committees for the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Prior to her work in the aviation industry, Cathryn worked for 16-years in television news as a reporter, anchor, producer, and photographer, in addition to some work in radio and newspaper. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon. She enjoys travel, both business and pleasure, and has absolutely no fear of flying. She lives in Eugene with her husband and two children.

 

SECRETARY TREASURER

Rebecca Hupp, AAE  

Airport Director, Boise Airport

Term expires:  October, 2017

Rebecca L. Hupp, Director, Boise Airport, was appointed to her current position in April of 2012. She is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operation and long-term planning and development of the Airport.

Rebecca was previously the Airport Director of Bangor International Airport located in Bangor, Maine for over a decade. Prior to that Ms. Hupp was the Airport Manager of the Aberdeen Regional Airport in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Rebecca began her career with the Kansas City Aviation Department where she served in several key positions including operations, marketing and business development.

In addition to her duties as Airport Director, Ms. Hupp has served on a variety nonprofit boards and industry trade group organizations.  She currently serves on the Boise Chamber’s Travel Industry Advisory Board, the Board of the Boise Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Idaho Freight Advisory Committee and the Idaho Lung Association. Rebecca is an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives and was appointed to the Board for the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), serving as the President for this organization for 2011-2012.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University.

 

WEST

Kim Stearns, AAE

Security Credentialing Manager/PIO, Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport

Term expires: October 2018

Kim Stearns has worked at the Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport since 1996. She began her career at the airport as the Public Relations and Advertising Director. In a short time she turned the advertising program around, more than doubling the revenue. Her public relations campaigns utilizing broadcast media, tours, and service club presentations garnered increased community awareness and usage of the Airport.

Following the tragic events of 9/11, Kim moved into the newly created Airport Security Division. She assisted the Deputy Director of Security in the development of an in-house enforcement team and the installation of a more robust access and control system. Kim completed her training as an Airport Security Coordinator in 2004, and earned her AAAE Airport Certified Employee (ACE) designation in Security in 2007. Her current duties at the Airport require her to wear a number of hats, including Security Credentialing Manager, Public Information Officer, and Alternate Airport Security Coordinator.

Kim became accredited with the AAAE in May of 2015. She is the president of the Oregon Airport Management Association and is a board member of the NWAAAE Chapter. On a local level Kim is past chair of the Travel Medford Organization while continuing to serve on the board.

Of particular interest were the years Kim lived on Alcatraz Island during her father’s tenure as a Correctional Officer. Having a “neighborhood” comprised of individuals like Mickey Cohen (a convicted mob-boss) and Robert Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz) made for an unconventional childhood. Kim is a member of the Alcatraz Alumni Association and returns every few years as a guest speaker. She has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1980. Her passions include: reading, writing, photography, and above all being with family.

Mark Witsoe, AAE/CAE

Marketing & Business Development Manager, King County Int'l Airport / Boeing Field

Term expires: October 2017

Mark Witsoe, A.A.E. /CAE is the Marketing & Business Development Manager for King County Int'l Airport / Boeing Field.  He strives to find, develop, and market new business opportunities for aeronautical and non-aviation users for mutual success. Mr. Witsoe has served in many capacities during his 20+ year aviation career including management roles at the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.  His professional foundation included positions at airports in California and Arizona. 

Mr. Witsoe’s service to the airport management profession includes several years on the Board of Directors for SWAAAE and is a Past President of the association.  He has served on an AAE final interview panel since his accreditation in 2010.  He received his M.B.A. from University of Nevada-Reno and an aviation undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.

 

 

EAST

Dan Sprinkle, AAE

Vice President of Operations,  Denver Int'l Airport

Term expires: October 2018

Dan Sprinkle is the Director of Airside Operations with the City and County of Denver at Denver International Airport. Dan has more than 25 years in the aviation industry, 19 years of that with the Denver International Airport.   

Prior to joining the City and County of Denver, Dan worked in various sectors of the aviation industry to include the Airlines, FBO's and the U.S. Air Force.

His formal education includes an MBA from Regis University, a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and an Airframe and Powerplant license from the FAA. Through AAAE, he completed the ACE – Ops course, the C.M. and recently completed the requirements for obtaining the A.A.E.   

Dan devotes a lot of his time to his two sons including sports and Boy Scouts.  

 

Brian Sprenger, AAE

Airport Director, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Term expires: October 2017

Brian Sprenger is the Airport Director at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.  Brian graduated with a B.S. in Business Management from Montana State University in 1989.  In 1985, he began a 14 year career with Northwest Airlines holding various positions including Station Manager and Manager of Education Programs at the airline’s headquarters in Eagan, Minnesota until 1999. Brian returned to Bozeman in 1999 as the Assistant Airport Director at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and was named its Airport Director in 2009. 

Brian is an Accredited Airport Executive and is past president of the Montana Airport Management Association and past chair of the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is currently chair of the Bozeman Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.  Brian and his wife Phronsie have four children.

 

NORTH

Roelof-Jan (RJ) Steenstra, AAE

CEO, Fort McMurray Airport Authority

Term expires: October 2018

Roelof-Jan (RJ) Steenstra began his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA) in September 2016. Prior to joining the FMAA, RJ held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Red Deer Airport Authority since 2011. During his tenure, the airport transformed into a viable commercial transportation asset for Central Alberta, experiencing four years of revenue growth, attracting a regional and national air carrier and undergoing a significant airport development program. 

Prior to his appointment to RDRAA, RJ contributed to the transportation, technology and financial industries in various senior roles. He has extensive leadership experience and is active on a number of industry and community boards. RJ currently serves as Vice Chair for IAAE (Canada) and a Director for ICOA/ACI Community of Practice. In addition he serves as a Director of the Small Airport Caucus of the Canadian Airports Council.

RJ holds a BSc. in Anthropology and BA in Communications from the University of Calgary, and an MBA from Royal Roads University. He has earned an Accredited Airport Executive designation (AAE) from the International Association of Airport Executives, an International Airport Professional (IAP) designation from the International Civil Aviation Organization/ Airports Council International, and an Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation from the University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management.

Robert Hooper, CM

Manager, Yellowstone Regional Airport

Term expires:  October 2017

Bob Hooper is the Airport Manager of the Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyoming.  Bob has more than 30 years in the aviation industry with a career reaching back to the original Frontier Airlines in Kansas City.  Bob held various positions with Frontier and Continental Airlines as well as operating a retail travel agency before joining the Yellowstone Regional Airport in 2006.

Bob is an Accredited Airport Executive and past president of the Wyoming Airport Operators Association.  Bob is an active member of Ducks Unlimited being recognized with the Area Chairman of the Year Award for the State of Wyoming.  Bob is also a past president of the Cody Lions Club and honored to be recognized with the Lion of the Year Award.

 

 

 

CORPORATE

Annell S. Kuelpmann

Co-Owner / Senior Vice-President, ADK Consulting & Executive Search

Term expires: October 2017

In 2003 Annell and her husband, Doug, created ADK Consulting & Executive Search, a firm that specializes exclusively in airports and performs executive searches for all sizes of commercial service and general aviation airports. From ADK’s modest beginnings, ADK now conducts more executive searches and repeat business for airports in the U.S. than any other search firm.

Annell’s background in recruitment, training and business development made a natural fit with Doug’s career, which is now over 40 years in the aviation industry. Annell developed an appreciation for the aviation industry through her husband, Doug, and together they have been attending AAAE conferences annually since 1988.

Annell has spent 25 years as a recruiter and trainer. During her career, she started her own company, Profit Center, a consultancy dedicated to the training and development of executive level professionals as well as training companies to do their own recruiting. She sold her company to become a Broker/Manager for RE/MAX, helping to grow a Louisville firm to become ranked in the top 10 of over 80,000 individual real estate offices in the U.S. and in the top 3 individual offices of the RE/MAX International organization. As a result of her recruiting success, she was named International Manager of the Year for RE/MAX.

Having grown up in Louisville, KY and having graduated from the University of Kentucky, she claims allegiance to both the Cardinals and the Wildcats. Annell & Doug spend almost 6 months each year in the northwest flying in and out of Spokane, WA, which is Doug’s hometown. They have a home 2 hours away in Priest Lake, ID where their 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren visit every summer. In the winter, they are Florida snowbirds.

 

NWAAAE CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE TO THE AAAE BOARD

Cathryn Stephens, AAE

Assistant Airport Director, Eugene Airport

Term expires: May 2018

Cathryn Stephens came to the Eugene Airport in January 2007 where she now holds the position of Assistant Airport Director overseeing the day-to-day operation of EUG including Operations, Maintenance and Security; Project Management; and Airport Services. She was previously Deputy Director over Airport Services.

An Accredited Airport Executive, Cathryn is a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. She has served as an AAE final interview panel member and also participated on the AAAE Digital Media Summit conference committee. She Past President of the Oregon Airport Management Association.

Cathryn serves on the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Commission. She also served on planning committees for the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Prior to her work in the aviation industry, Cathryn worked for 16-years in television news as a reporter, anchor, producer, and photographer, in addition to some work in radio and newspaper. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University and is currently perusing a Master’s degree in Allied Information Management from the University of Oregon. She enjoys travel, both business and pleasure, and has absolutely no fear of flying. She lives in Eugene with her husband and two children.

 

Bruce Goetz, AAE

Director of Airside Operations, Denver Int'l Airport

Term expires:  May 2018

 

NWAAAE CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE TO AAAE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

John Parrott, AAE

Term expires: October 2017

Manager, Ted Stevens Anchorage Int’l Airport

John attended the USAF Academy and graduated with a BS in Chemistry in 1978. After pilot training his first operational assignment was flying F-4’s in the 18th Tactical Fighter squadron at Elmendorf AFB. Two short years later he was assigned to Holloman AFB as an instructor pilot in the AT-38. John was an instructor for the remainder of his USAF career.  In 1985 John resigned from the USAF and joined the Kansas ANG in Wichita Kansas once again flying the F-4. He was chosen as one of the first Instructors to transition to the F-16 in 1987 and flew the F-16 until 1994. In 1994, he transitioned to the B-1. After serving as the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, John became the first ever Squadron Commander of an Operational ANG Heavy Bomber Squadron in 1996. John retired in 1998 and fulfilled a long time dream by relocating to Alaska.

John completed his Masters in Aeronautical Sciences specializing in Management and Education from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1994

John began working at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in 1998. He has served as the Airport Security Manager (1998-2001), the Operations Manager (2001-2004), the Deputy Director (2004-2008) and is currently the Airport Manager.

John is an Accredited Airport Executive, a Past President of NWAAAE. an Ex Officio Advisor to the Visit Anchorage Board, Ex Officio member of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation Board and serves on the UAA Industry Advisory Council.

John is married to Dee Hanson and has an 8 year old Daughter, Lexus.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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