Connecting People, Planes & Public Policy

Board Election results - all elected are noted below
Corporate members vote for the corporate directors.  There are (2) corporate seats up for election to represent the Corporate members.  The nine general member positions are voted from and by the General Members to represent the nine (9) Aviation Districts in the state.  Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 are up for election.
Board of Director elections opened up at 1 pm on Friday, September 4, 2020, and will close at 5 pm, Tuesday, September 15, 2020
General Member Candidates:
Nominated to represent District 2 – Inland Empire Region
Since 2006, Gary has held the Airport Director position at the March Joint Powers Authority.  He is responsible for the development and management of March Inland Port, a joint use military and commercial airport in Riverside, California.   Prior to accepting his position with the March Joint Powers Authority in 2006, Gary enjoyed 23 years in the aviation industry.  During those years, he held a respected assortment of aviation managerial and business development positions.

Gary started his aviation career in 1983 at the Ontario International Airport.  Several years into his career, he became Service Manager of the UPS air operations at ONT.  In 1990, he accepted a General Manager position with an aviation service firm and undertook a thirteen-year business development challenge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  During his business development efforts at LAX, Gary’s leadership role expanded as the Regional General Manager for the business development and management of aircraft service operations at San Diego, John Wayne, Long Beach, Burbank, Oakland, Ontario and Los Angeles airports.

Gary resides in Corona, California, with his wife Liz of 30 years.  They have two adult children.  Their son is a civil engineer and graduate of Cal Poly Pomona while their daughter is a graduate of Coba Cosmetology College and now works as a professional cosmetologist in Costa Mesa, California. Gary is also a professional race boat driver licensed by the American Power Boat Association (APBA) and an accomplished drummer.  
Nominated to represent District 4 - Central Valley Region

Benny has over 10 years of experience in the field of airports.  Currently Benny is the Airports Manager for Tuolumne County where he oversees two general aviation airports.  In every capacity in aviation, Benny has served both indirect and direct rolls in airport planning.  He has undertaken many assignments over the years.  Some of these efforts include Runway Safety Area Studies, Master Plans, Airport Capital Improvement Plans, best use area studies, airline route planning, runway length analysis, facility redevelopment studies, and environmental planning.

Benny is a graduate of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he received a B.S. degree in Political Science with an emphasis in international law, public law, and comparative politics.  Benny also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of California.  He is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives and the Association and California Airports.  Benny is also a member of the CalPoly Professional mentoring group, mentoring young professionals as they begin to transition from University into their career life.  Outside of saving the aviation universe one wildfire at a time, Benny enjoys spending every minute with his family who recently welcomed a daughter to the world in June, and fishing the unburnt portions of the Sierra Nevada.

DAVE DECOTEAU, CAE, AAE (appointed in 2019)/ELECTED
Nominated to represent District 6 – San Francisco Bay Area Region
Dave has been with the Livermore Airport since 2017. He is responsible for Operations, Administrative, Maintenance, LEO, and ARFF functions at the airport. Prior to Livermore, David spent the previous four years as the Airport Operations Manager at Hayward Executive Airport, and seven years as an Airport Operations Duty Manager at King County International Airport/Boeing Field in Seattle.

David graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in Aeronautics, and a M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Western Governors University. He is an active flight instructor and commercial pilot. In 2018, David was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 by Airport Business Magazine. David is an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives and a Certified Airport Executive with the Southwest Chapter of AAAE.
JEFF CRECHRIOU (appointed in 2019)/ELECTED
Nominated to represent District 8 – Central Coast Region
Jeff has held the title of Airport Services Manager at the Marina Municipal Airport in Marina, California, since 2013. Having worked in both the private and public sectors, he joined the City of Marina in 2005 working a as financial analyst, management analyst and acting economic and redevelopment manager. He brought this experience to develop the airport which is a former military airfield.  He works on all aspects of the airport including operations, maintenance, leasing, planning/development, airport capital projects, facility improvements, regulatory compliance, grant applications and administration, budgeting, airport rent study, airport market study/rates and charges analysis, payables and working with internal and external stakeholders including FAA, Caltrans, Monterey County, various City Departments, businesses/developers, airport tenants and pilots.

Jeff is a graduate of Menlo College, earning a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems with a Business Management concentration.  He has maintained memberships in ACA and SWAAAE and attended annual airport conferences each year gaining valuable airport management knowledge.  A few accomplishments include completion of a 2018 Airport Master Plan and 2019 Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan, FAA AIP projects including New Perimeter Fence and Access Controls, New Beacon and Pavement Maintenance Management Plan, a Parallel Taxiway Extension and Airport Layout Plan Pen & Ink updates in support of, Joby Aviation, who is leasing existing facilities and planning to building new facilities to manufacture electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
Corporate Candidates:
C & S Companies

Kelly Moulton is a Director of Aviation with the C&S Companies. She has more than 16 years of aviation planning, environmental, FAA compliance and development experience. Kelly provides aviation consulting services to airports of all sizes across California. She began her career with the Sacramento County Airport System and now leads the C&S office in Sacramento. She is passionate about giving back to the aviation industry, having served both at the Southwest Chapter of AAAE 2020 Summer Conference Chair and 2018 Summer Conference Co-Chair, and is the former ACI-NA Land Use Working Group.

With a background in both the public and private sectors, Kelly brings the unique perspective and insights of having worked at airports of varying sizes and types of facilities. Kelly earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering from the University of California, Davis, is a Certified Member of AAAE, and an Envision Sustainability Professional.

Centurion Planning & Design

Molly began her consulting career as a planner for a large, multi-national consulting firm. After gaining experience siting facilities, such as power plants and fiber cable installations, she moved on to a career focused on airport planning and environmental assignments. Over the past 16 years, she has managed or led planning projects at over 60 airports across the nation. These assignments began in the environmental field with the preparation of NEPA documents for projects ranging from fuel farm removal and installation, to runway extensions, to new terminals. She then moved to traditional airport planning with a focus on providing implementable solutions to meet the community’s airport and economic development needs.

Since 2012, Molly has expanded her planning skillset to include the preparation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) plans, focused terminal and terminal area planning, airport financial planning, Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) preparation, and program management. She maintains solid relationships with FAA staff across the nation and is consistently expanding her aviation knowledge base and consultant contacts to ensure she can provide her clients with the best project solutions and resources.

Kimley-Horn & Associates

Sarah is a professional engineer with nearly ten years of experience in airfield related design and construction projects.  Sarah graduated from California State University Long Beach with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.  Heer first projects in the professional wrld involved the design of Safety Area Improvemments at Monterey Airport, as well as Pavement Improvements at Salinas and Modesto Airports.

Sarah has worked on various commercial service and general aviation airport projects in California from inception through construction.  Her experience includes projects related to runway safety area improvements, runway and taxiway rehabilitations, airfield drainage improvements, and APMS updates.  Sarah works with both design and helping airports with their Capital Improvement Programs and grants and has a passion for helping general aviation airports continue to maintain and improve their airports.  She has also been involved in both ACA and SWAAAE for the past four years.
Mead & Hunt
Bob Casagrande is the Aviation Engineering Department Manager for Mead & Hunt.  His 31-year career in aviation services has included responsibilities for preparing Airport Capital Improvement Plans (ACIP), drafting Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant requests, performing aviation engineering design, project and construction management. Bob has coordinated all aspects of the work with internal staff, airport staff and sub-consultants to keep the project’s goals on track and within budget.

Bob has overseen all aspects of a project with special attention to field data collection (survey and geotechnical soil testing), design of pavement rehabilitation procedures, plan production and  construction budget estimating. Through his experience as a contractor, Bob understands the impact of earthwork calculations, alignment development, typical sections and specification writing to the final product as well as the budget.  In addition to the project management of the design process, Bob works with the airport staff to understand relevant issues that will impact the planning/design and coordinates this information to match FAA requirements to obtain funding support. Bob communicates with the planning staff to ensure continuity of defined goals included on Airport Layout Plans and required environmental clearances.

Bob’s design experience includes land development, site-civil, roadway, telecommunications, utility and drainage plan preparations. He has also performed designs at both large and small airports across the continental United States.