Renato Camacho comes to Akron-Canton Airport from Cleveland and will replace Rich McQueen, who is retiring at the end of the year.

GREEN  A nationwide search ended with the Akron-Canton Airport board selecting a neighbor as its next top executive.

Renato "Ren" Camacho, chief of planned and engineering for Cleveland's Department of Port Control, has been selected as Akron-Canton's next president and chief executive officer. He will replace Rick McQueen, who is retiring at the end of this year.

Plans are for Camacho to join the Akron-Canton staff on Oct. 1, allowing him and McQueen a chance to work together through a transition.

Board chairman Christopher J. Holding said trustees believe Camacho "will thrive" in the position.

"He has a track record of strong leadership, capital improvement execution and is well respected among his peers in the aviation industry," Holding said in a statement announcing the move. Camacho "will continue to take our airport to the next level as we invest in customer experience, air service and economic development.”

Cleveland’s Department of Port Control oversees Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Burke Lakefront Airport and the Lakefront Harbors. Camacho joined the department in 2011 and managed planning, engineering and construction, environmental services, and real estate noise abatement functions.

Before coming to Cleveland, Camacho worked 14 years in the engineering department of the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey. There he was responsible for planning, design and construction at John F. Kennedy, Laguardia and Newark Liberty airports, as well as the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the World Trade Center site.

The airport authority board voted unanimously to hire Camacho at its July 19th board meeting.

“I am excited to take on this role with the Akron-Canton Airport to build on the promise of a better way to go,” Camacho said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the local community to ensure the airport grows as an economic engine that will bring both increased economic activity and pride to the Akron-Canton region.”

The airport's eight-member board conducted a national search with the assistance of an executive search firm that specializes in the areas of senior management and executive level leadership in the aviation industry. The news release said 43 applicants were considered.

Camacho received a master's degree in transportation planning and engineering from New York University Polytechnic University and a bachelor's of science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In January, McQueen announced plans to retire at the end of the year. He joined the airport in 1982 as an accountant and later was promoted to controller, then assistant director of finance and administration. He served as an assistant airport director and took over as president and CEO when Fred Krum retired in 2008.

“On behalf of the board, we would like to thank Rick for his 36 years of exceptional service to the airport and community,” Holding, who is executive vice president and chief financial officer at TimkenSteel, said of McQueen in the news release. "He has been an integral part of the airport’s growth and accomplishments, and we are thankful for his dedication.”

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