President & Chief Executive Officer
Promoted to President and CEO at the Akron-Canton Airport in 2008, Rick’s core responsibilities include leading a 50 member team of airport employees, strategic planning, and managing the CAK 2018 Capital Improvement Program; a 10-year, $118 million plan that included a 600 ft. runway extension. Other projects include a customs and border patrol facility and an extended upper level concourse. He reports to an eight member board of trustees (four appointed by the Summit County Executive and four appointed by the Stark County Commissioners) and manages a 13 million dollar annual operating budget. Akron-Canton Airport offers the lowest average fare in the State of Ohio, thanks to the growth of Southwest Airlines, the airport’s largest carrier.
Rick began his career at the airport as Airport Accountant in 1982. He was promoted to Controller, then Assistant Director of Finance and Administration and then held the position of Assistant Airport Director, the number two position in the organization. As Assistant Airport Director, he was responsible for managing finances, accounting, contracts, and government funding; personnel hiring and employee benefit programs; and capital project administration, including the $24 million concourse replacement and $80 million in airfield upgrades (part of the STAR Capital Improvement Plan completed in 2006).
Under Rick's leadership, the airport received the Excellence in Engineering award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio; the FAA’s Great Lakes Region Safety Award; the American Society of Professional Engineer’s Excellence in Engineering Award; and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Award for commitment to excellence and invaluable assistance. Rick was also recently named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business’ “Power 150” highlighting 150 of northeast Ohio’s top business/civic leaders. In May of 2014 he was named to the Corporate College Smart 50 celebrating Northeast Ohio's top 50 executives for their ability to effectively build and lead innovative organizations.
Rick graduated from Walsh College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Finance. He serves on the Greater Akron Chamber Board of Trustees, the Akron/Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Stark Development Board, the OAA (Ohio Aviation Association) and NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University). Prior to his employment at the airport, Rick worked for Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young).