Turk File

31 apply for airport director's job

by Leslie Turk

Lafayette Regional seeking new leadership after longtime director Greg Roberts' June resignation.

In a process that has thus far been open and transparent, 31 people are angling to become Lafayette Regional Airport's next director, having met the Sept. 26 deadline to apply.

The applicants are hoping to replace Greg Roberts, whose 21-year career ended in June after he pulled a mock pistol from his desk and pointed it at an unsuspecting engineer during a meeting in his office. Roberts was placed on administrative leave and resigned several days later. Read more on the extraordinary incident here.

Application forms and resumes from the 31 are being delivered today to the five members of the Director Search Committee appointed by the Lafayette Airport Commission. Each applicant met the basic qualifications dictated by the airport commission of at least a four-year college degree and a written agreement for public release of their information.

The Director Search Committee will meet in the coming weeks to determine which applicants will move to the next round, a series of video conference interviews.

Paul Guilbeau, vice chairman of the Lafayette Airport Commission, chairs the search committee. Other search committee members are Lafayette attorney Valerie Gotch Garrett; Tim Skinner, commercial and investment agent with Keaty Real Estate; Kenneth Boudreaux, a member of the Lafayette City-Parish Council; and Dave Welch, president, CEO and chairman of the board of Stone Energy. Garrett and Skinner also serve as members of the Lafayette Airport Commission.

The Lafayette airport conducted a nationwide search that included leading airport executive associations and aviation career opportunity firms, national job search postings and targeted employment advertising across Louisiana. Listings were posted and advertised in a total of ten publications and online career opportunity websites.

Applicants are:

Joshua Abramson, Executive Director, Tupelo Airport Authority, Tupelo, MS
    Greg Accardo, Property & Development Coordinator, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Baton Rouge
    Barry Barnett, President, East Texas Jet Support, Troup, TX
    Robert Benson, Self-Employed Property Manager, former Ground Transportation Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Ellenwood, GA
    David Blackshear, Vice President, Applied Airport Technology of Lafayette, Davidsonville, MD
    Ismael Bonilla, Deputy Director Broward County Aviation Department Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, FL
    April Criss, Agent Support Representative, Confie Insurance Group, Baton Rouge
    Cullen Davidson, Adjunct Faculty in Aviation, University of Central Missouri, Knob Noster, MO
    Michael Deroose, Facility Manager, Katoen Natie Louisiana, Port Allen
    Jason Devillier, Airport Director, Iberia Parish Airport Authority, Lafayette
    Alex Everman, Senior Airport Operations Agent, Colorado Springs Airport, Colorado Springs, CO  
    Larry Franklin, Quality Assurance Manager, Zodiac Seats US, Las Vegas, NV
    Robert Fricke, Capitan and Manager, Delta Private Jets, High Point, NC
    Ace Garcia, Duty Manager, British Airways, The Woodlands, TX
    Angela Gatlin, Security Sergeant, BASF Geismar, Walker
    Fred Glover, Senior Aerospace Sustainment Consultant, YourEncore, Canyon Lake, TX
    Lionel Grant, Surveillance Manager, Fair Grounds, New Orleans
    Craig Hutchison, Vice President of Operations, Sierra West Airlines, Arvada, CO
    Robert Kennedy, Vice President, Consulting Services, Aviation Strategis International, East Point, GA
    Steve Krueger, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Broussard
    Richard Milford, Senior Enlisted Leader, Texas Army National Guard, Keller, TX
    Jeff Miller, Manager on Duty, San Jose International Airport, Menlo Park, CA
    Richard Nicholas, Regional Aviation Manager - Americas Region, International SOS, Fairless Hills, PA
    John O'Neal, former Chief General Aviation Development Coordinator, Miami-Dade Airport Aviation Department, Pueblo, Colorado
    David Slayter, Executive Director, Houma-Terrebonne Airport Commission, Houma
    Col. Timothy Tenne, ret. US Air Force, Commander, Test Pilot, Consultant, Towson, MD  
    Col. Keith Thibodeaux, ret. US Air Force, Commander Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Lafayette
    Carey Tucker, Deputy Director of Logistics, Installations, Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City
    Beatrice Valdez-Heidari, Real Estate Broker, San Antonio, TX
    Thad Webre, Consultant, Edgard
    Darrol Wiltz, Procurements Counselor, St. Martinville

Sides & Associates is the airport communications contractor assigned to support the director search process on behalf of the committee and airport commission.