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Who are the airport executive director finalists?

Hank Hayes • Jan 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — The Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA) on Wednesday released the identities of the three finalists who will be interviewed on Monday for the airport executive director’s position.

Interim Executive Director David Jones was not among them.

The finalists to be interviewed are Gene Cossey, executive director of the University of Illinois – Willard Airport, Champaign, IIl.; Rick Feltner, airport director, Minot International Airport, Minot, N.D.; and Shaun Germolus, executive director, Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority, Hibbing, Minn..

Cossey’s bio

Cossey has been in his position since December 2015. He has worked in aviation operations management since he was 19 years old and has held positions at five airports spanning more than 30 years. Prior to coming to Willard Airport, he was the director of operations at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids and the director of airside operations at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. He has spent the majority of his career on the Oregon coast. He holds a master’s of public administration from the University of Illinois, Springfield and a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, in business management and information systems design. He is currently a doctoral student in the University of Illinois public administration program. He is an accredited airport executive with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and is an international airport professional with the Airport Council International (ACI).

Feltner’s bio

Feltner is an aviation executive with a background that includes both airline and airport management. In 2014, Feltner transitioned to the airport industry from the airlines and served as the deputy executive director at New York's JFK Terminal One. His early career included sales and marketing positions with Northwest and Delta Air Lines focusing on developing mutually beneficial relationships with corporate customers and travel agencies. He then moved to the operational side of the business and held responsibilities at locations such as Washington Reagan National Airport and Los Angeles, then regional responsibilities for the carrier’s operations in Europe. He finished his airline career as the corporate director for customer service at Delta Air Lines’ hub in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, where he oversaw all above the wing operations.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and has earned the certified member designation from the AAAE.

Germolus’ bio

Prior to his current position, Germolus served as the director of operations at the Duluth Airport Authority in Duluth, Minn. He also served as the operations superintendent at the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission in Roanoke, Va., and as airport manager at Worthington (Minn.) Municipal Airport. He holds a bachelor’s of business administration with a double major in airport administration and management from the University of North Dakota. He is an accredited member of the AAAE, past chairman of the Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA) and a private pilot.

TCAA commissioners will interview the candidates at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport beginning at 9 a.m.

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