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Posted on: December 31, 2021

New Year Brings New Airport Ownership

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PRESS RELEASE - December 31, 2021

Mayor Kleis and Chair Myres Key Handoff

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis hands keys to Board Chair Brian Myres.


St. Cloud Regional Airport Authority Commissioners

Chair Brian Myres

 

 Senior Vice President, DAYTA Marketing 

Sherburne County Appointee

Commissioner 

Chair of the St Cloud Regional Airport Authority

Member, Operations, Finance & Administration Committee

Member, Planning, Development & Environmental Committee 

Myres serves as Board Chair for the Greater St Cloud Development Corporation. Myers also chaired the GSDC transportation committee as well as the St Cloud Airport Market Study Committee that produced the data laying the foundation for the formation of the St. Cloud Regional Airport Authority.

 

 Vice Chair Ryan I. Daniel

 

 Chief Executive Officer, St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission
 City of St. Cloud Appointee

Commissioner

Vice Chair of the St. Cloud Regional Airport Authority

Member of the Planning, Development & Environmental Committee

 

Secretary John Quade 

 

 Region President, North Central Region, Knife River Corporation

Benton County Appointee

Commissioner

Secretary of the St. Cloud Regional Airport Authority

Chair of the Operations, Finance & Administration Committee
 Member, Planning, Development & Environmental Committee

Quade has over 25 years of construction material supply and general contracting experience while holding several positions of increasing responsibility with Bauerly Bros. Inc. and Knife River Corporation. Quade currently manages the five-state area for Knife River and has been involved with many civil public and private construction projects including several airport projects in the upper Midwest. 

  

Treasurer Marshall Grams

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 Financial Planner, Ledge Wealth Management

Chief Warrant Officer 2, Minnesota Army National Guard

Stearns County Appointee

Commissioner

Treasurer of the St. Cloud Regional Airport Authority

Member, Operations, Finance & Administration Committee

Grams brings 15 years of Military aviation experience to the board garnered from prior roles in Air Traffic Control, Airfield Operations Management, and seven years piloting Army helicopters.

 

 King Banaian

 

 Dean, School of Public Affairs & Professor of Economics, St. Cloud State University 

City of St. Cloud Appointee

Commissioner 

Member, Planning, Development & Environmental Committee 

Banaian serves as President of the St. Cloud Economic Development Authority and is longtime co-author of the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report. Banaian also participated in research as part of the St. Cloud Airport Market Study that led to the formation of the authority. 

 

Jami M. Bestgen

 

 Marketing Professor, St. Cloud State University
 Sherburne County Appointee
Commissioner
 Chair of the Planning, Development & Environmental Committee
 Member, Operations, Finance & Administration Committee

Bestgen worked as a Consultant to the St. Cloud Regional Airport for more than a decade assisting with their commercial air service acquisition efforts. Most recently Bestgen served as Chair of the St. Cloud Regional Airport Advisory Board under the City of St. Cloud’s governance.


Kurt Hunstiger


Mayor, City of Sauk Rapids
 Retired Senior Wealth Advisor, Bremer Bank/Wealth
 Benton County Appointee

Commissioner

Member, Operations, Finance & Administration Committee
 
Hunstiger serves on the St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission Board and the Benton Economic Partnership Loan Committee.
 

 

Angela Olson

 Aviation Planner, Bollig Engineering

At-Large Appointee

Commissioner 

Member, Planning, Development & Environmental Committee 

Olson has more than 30 years of experience in general aviation, airlines, aviation education, and airport planning.  She has her Commercial/Multi-Engine and Flight Instructor Certificates.  Olson is an active board member in multiple aviation organizations and enjoys promoting and encouraging aviation education for youth and community members.  


David J. Weeres


Corporate Chief Pilot

Stearns County Appointee

Commissioner

Member, Operations, Finance & Administration Committee

Weeres is an aviation career professional. He spent 19 years flying for the airlines and is rated in the Airbus, Boeing, among other airliners; during this time, he would write for industry trade publications on aviation safety. The last 18 years he has served as a Corporate Chief Pilot flying a Citation jet based at the St. Cloud airport.  

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