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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2004

VanLoh named director of Aviation Department

Mark VanLoh has been appointed director of the Aviation Department, City Manager Wayne Cauthen announced today. VanLoh was selected from 53 applicants and six final candidates for the position.

“Mark VanLoh’s 19 years of experience in the aviation industry and successful track record in airport economic development will be valuable to us as we move forward in maximizing our economic development opportunities at KCI,” City Manager Wayne Cauthen said.

VanLoh’s background includes the following positions: president and CEO of the Chattanooga Airport Authority in Chattanooga, Tenn., (2001-2004); commissioner of airports, City of Cleveland (1998-2001); director of airports, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Toledo, Ohio (1995-1998); director of aviation, Greater Rockford Airport Authority, Rockford, Ill., (1990-1995); and operations supervisor, Pan American World Airways, New York (1985-1990).

Highlights of VanLoh’s extensive career include:

    Overseeing development and construction of a new United Parcel Service facility and a $1.4 billion overall airport construction program in Cleveland;

    Overseeing design of a terminal expansion project and recruiting AirTran Airways as airport’s first low cost carrier in Toledo;

    Recruiting a $125 million United Parcel Service Midwest Air Hub and leading a land acquisition and noise abatement relocation project for UPS in Rockford, Ill.;

    Developing all vacant properties, both on and off airport, to generate additional airport revenue in Chattanooga.

VanLoh is an Accredited Airport Executive from the American Association of Airport Executives. He serves on the board of the Airports Council International, and is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives, and the Aircraft Owners Pilots Association.

VanLoh has a bachelor’s degree with a triple major in Business Management, Aviation Management, and Industrial Relations from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.

The new director will begin his duties in Kansas City on June 1.

    
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