Rick McQueen will step down as chief executive officer at Akron-Canton Airport later this year. The airport's board has launched a nationwide search for a new CEO.
GREEN Rick McQueen will retire later this year as president and chief executive officer at Akron-Canton Airport.
McQueen has worked at the airport for 36 years, spending the last 10 years as the facility's top executive.
The airport's eight-member board will begin a nationwide search for a successor. Robert G. Konstand, the board's chairman, praised McQueen's leadership guiding the airport's growth and development through the years.
“It is characteristic of Mr. McQueen’s dedication to the airport that he has given us a full year to search for and name his successor,” Konstand said in a statement announcing the move. “We are grateful for his consideration and look forward to working alongside him during this transition.”
McQueen joined the airport in 1982 as an accountant. He was promoted to controller, then assistant director of finance and administration and then served as assistant airport director. He took over as president and CEO when Fred Krum retired in 2008.
In the community, McQueen works with the Stark Economic Development Board, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Akron/Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Ohio Aviation Association and Northeast Ohio Medical University.
"Nothing at the airport looks the same as the day I began working here," McQueen said. In particular he noted improvements made over the past 10 years to extend runways, update boarding gates, improve the entrance road and parking areas, and help business development in the area. The capital improvements totaled $118 million and more are anticipated as the airport grows in the coming years.
The airport helps sustain more that 3,000 jobs in Northeast Ohio and its economic impact is estimated at more than $500,000,000.
Konstand said McQueen's strategic planning skills and ability to maximize construction funding has helped put the airport in a position to take advantage of future opportunities.
In the announcement, McQueen said "it's the right time for me to pass the torch on to a new leader who will guide our airport to the next big achievement."
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