Connecting People, Planes & Public Policy

Corporate members vote for the corporate directors.  There are (2) corporate seats up for election to represent the Corporate members, with one being a non-profit.  The nine general member positions are voted from and by the General Members to represent the nine (9) Aviation Districts in the state.  Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 are up for election.
General Member Candidates:
GARY ENGEL – incumbent (appointed to fill vacancy in 2018)
Nominated to represent District 1 – Northeast Region
Gary Engel serves as the risk manager, safety officer, and Yolo County airport. His 20-year tenure with the County supersedes 22 years with the US Air Force, where he was an aircraft maintainer and on the command staff.

Gary currently holds the appointed District 1 director position in the ACA and hopes to continue participation on the board. His interests include hiking, swimming, and art.
DISTRICT 3—Eastern Sierra Region
Currently open—no candidates.
Nominated to represent District 5 – Northwest Region
Cody has over 14 years of experience in the aviation industry. He started as the Director of Aviation for the County of Humboldt on September 24th, 2018. As the Director of Aviation, Cody oversees six airports throughout Humboldt County including: California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport (ACV), Eureka-Murray Field (EKA), Rohnerville Airport (FOT), Garberville Airport (O16), Kneeland Airport (O19) and Dinsmore Airport (D63).  Prior to joining the Humboldt County Team, Cody served as the Transportation Director for the City of Aberdeen. As the Transportation Director, Cody managed the Aberdeen Regional Airport and the Ride Line Transit Program. Cody came to Aberdeen from King County International Airport-Boeing Field in Seattle, WA. Prior to working at Boeing Field, he spent time at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, CA and Lubbock International Airport in Lubbock, TX.

Cody attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, receiving his B.B.A. in Airport Management in 2009. While attending college he worked in Flight Operations for the Aeronautics College, helping to manage the largest public aircraft training fleet in the country. Cody has actively tried to promote his profession, colleagues and his communities in the past by serving: the SD Airport Management Association (AMA)-President, Dakota Transit Administration (DTA)-Board Member, Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce-Board Member, and the Exchange Club of Aberdeen-Board Member among numerous other activities.
Nominated to represent District 7 – Los Angeles Region
Richard has been an airport manager for 20 years and started right out of college managing a small GA airport in Wisconsin before relocating to Southern California in 2002. He joined the County of Los Angeles in 2005, as an Airport Project Coordinator and took over as  Aviation Division Chief in 2007 where he currently heads up the County’s system of five general aviation airports.

In his 12 years leading the Aviation Division, Richard has invested nearly $100M in airport improvements, highlights that include reconstruction of two runway taxiway systems, replacement and redesign of more than 100 acres of ramp and apron pavement, and land and facilities acquisition and development.  Richard has also led numerous land-use, commercial business development, sustainability, and master planning efforts solidifying his vision for the County’s airport system.
DISTRICT 9—San Diego Region
Board Director Sandy Gutierrez-Carver, Imperial County Airport, is retiring.  This seat is open.  No candidates.
Corporate Candidates:
Corporate (Non-Profit) - Incumbent
Carol took her first ride in a small plane when she was 12 years old and has been hooked on flying ever since.  She originally took lessons at Phoenix Field in Fair Oaks, California, and earned her Private Pilot Certificate.  Phoenix Field is now a housing development.  Carol later moved to Fremont and flew out of the small Airport along the bay which is also now closed.  When she moved to Redwood Shores, under the pattern of San Carlos Airport, she was determined that would not happen to other airports. 

Carol continues work to work with airports.  She was awarded Airport Defender of the Year by the California Pilots Association in 1997.  She now serves as President of CalPilots; a Director of the CalPilots/ACA Political Action Committee; AOPA representative for San Carlos Airport; President of the San Carlos Airport Association; and Past Chapter Chairperson, International Organization of Licensed Women Pilots.  Carol has also founded Ford Aviation Consultants, now Ford & Associates LLC, dedicated to ensuring airports receive funding they deserve.  Carol has been a member of ACA for a number of years and has been instrumental in the development of the annual California Aviation Day event.

Corporate – Incumbent (Appointed 2018)

Justin is the Operations and Project Manager for Aeroplex/Aerolease Group.  In his current position, he has successfully managed projects ranging from large scale hangar developments, fuel farm construction, and the buildout of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility.  Justin oversees the day-to-day operations at five of Southern California’s premier aviation facilities at the Long Beach, Van Nuys, and Santa Monica Airports, with over 200 based tenants.  He manages all contractor bidding and management, oversees construction project management for the Aerolease entities, and negotiates lease and license agreements, at all times ensuring compliance with airport master leases, rules and regulations, and municipality policy. 

A private pilot, Justin builds cooperative working relationships by interfacing with tenants, governmental agencies, airport and city officials, and community stakeholders. He is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the Southwest Chapter, a participant in the Association of California Airports, an active member of the Long Beach Chamber Young Professionals, Airport Cooperative Research Program, and serves as the current Chair of the Southern California Aviation Association Mentoring Committee.