Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/31/15 – 11:58 AM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The future executive director of LA/Ontario International Airport, under local ownership, could be named by December.

But whoever fills that position will be presented with circumstances unlike at any other airport in the U.S., according to Tim McNamara, a 24-year expert in the industry.

“It’s going to be a role that’s coveted because of the opportunity to build something here and put a lasting imprint on this organization,” said McNamara, managing partner of the aviation firm Boyden.

McNamara shared the challenges and advantages to attracting the right candidate for the job with the Ontario International Airport Authority during a special meeting Monday.

“There’s a lot that has to be done here that is not traditional at other airports because there is no team in place today. There is no infrastructure in place today; it’s the (Los Angeles World Airports) infrastructure. This is going to be a very unique opportunity,” said McNamara,

Now that an agreement has been reached for the transfer of ownership of ONT, the authority met Monday to select Washington, D.C.-based Boyden as the aviation firm that will help find the executive director of the airport. The contract is estimated to be worth $95,000.

McNamara said the goal is to complete the search in 60 days, depending on how quickly things move with the search committee.

“It’s uniquely different,” McNamara said regarding the search at ONT. “You’re something between a brown field and a green field project. …. There’s something here, but it needs enhancing.”

The authority was formed in August 2012. The five-member commission — which includes two members from the Ontario City Council, one San Bernardino County supervisor representing the district in which ONT is located, and two community members who live within ONT’s air service market — was tasked with not only developing a business plan for the medium-hub facility but also establishing its bylaws.

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