Melbourne Airport Aligns New Management Structure With Anticipated Growth
By Space Coast Daily // April 26, 2015
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Melbourne International Airport Executive Director Greg Donovan announced a realignment of airport staff responsibilities including the promotion of key airport management positions.
The action marks the first comprehensive change to the airport’s management structure in more than 15 years.
Donovan was recruited last year to lead the international airport which provides daily service from Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.
Past president of the Florida Airports Council, he brings the experience of operations from six airports, including Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) which handles 11 million passengers annually and as executive director of Pensacola International Airport (PNS), serving 1.5 million passengers.
“We are fortunate to have the highest caliber of airport managers already in house,” said Donovan.
“It’s time to elevate them and to broaden the scope of their duties to reflect the airport’s current and anticipated growth in air service, safety needs, capital development and international tenant relations.”
Under Donovan’s leadership, MLB has enjoyed double-digit passenger increases for first quarter 2015, with the goal of 500,000 passengers in the coming year.
The Melbourne Airport Authority unanimously approved Donovan’s plan at its April 22 meeting.
Melbourne International Airport is the closest airport to Port Canaveral and within an hour’s drive of Orlando’s world-class attractions.
The airport is engaged in a capital improvements program exceeding $70 million, which includes refurbishment of the main terminal, replacing the air traffic control tower, resurfacing of one of its three runways and other major construction initiatives.
Marilyn Hively, CGFO
Senior Director of Finance and Administration
Marilyn Hively now serves as the airport’s Senior Director of Finance and Administration. She joined MLB eight years ago and most recently held the position of Finance Manager.
In addition to her previous duties, she will provide management oversight of the airport’s accounting, budgeting, financial analysis and reporting, contracting, procurement, investment performance, concessions and ground services.
She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in Business Administration, and is a Certified Government Financial Officer (CGFO). Prior to the airport, she was an entrepreneur and founder of a retail enterprise.
She will directly and indirectly supervise 53 of the airport’s 132 employees.
Director of Operations and Maintenance
Airport operations manager Cliff Graham has been promoted to Director of Operations and Maintenance. An airport employee for 20 years, his duties expanded to include oversight of all airfield and terminal operations.
Also included in his responsibilities is regulatory compliance with federal, state and local certification standards.
A member of the 2015 Brevard County Executive Leadership Institute, Graham earned his B.S. Degree in Environmental Management from Rollins College.
Jack Schluckebier, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Business Development
Dr. Schluckebier has been elevated to Senior Director of Business Development.
The former city manager for the City of Melbourne for 10 years, Schluckebier’s responsibilities at MLB now include all business development activities and commercial development.
He will continue to perform the duties of Director of Land Development, a position he has held for two years. Schluckebier holds his Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida State University.
Executive Office Manager
Pat Howlett will continue in her role as executive assistant to the airport executive director, while taking on the additional responsibilities of supervising the airport’s administrative team.
An airport veteran of 23 years, she will continue to serve as clerk of the airport for the Melbourne Airport Authority.
Howlett studied at the University of Maryland, and for ten years she worked for the U.S. Senate and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
She is now responsible for ensuring that policies and procedures are followed at the administrative level and will manage a staff of four employees.
Richard Cloutier, AAE
Senior Director of Capital Improvements
Overseeing the airport’s multi-project construction program is Senior Director of Capital Improvements Richard Cloutier.
Cloutier is an Accredited Airport Executive and holds both his undergraduate and graduate business and public administration degrees from the University of Central Florida.
A certified general contractor, he will focus on the planning, preparation and construction of major airport construction projects including runway enhancements, new airport tower, hangars and buildings.
Cloutier has served Melbourne International Airport for nearly 30 years, progressing to Deputy Director of Aviation immediately prior to this newly defined position.
Public Safety Director
Melbourne International Airport’s Chief of Police Michael Brewer has been promoted to the position of Public Safety Director.
A member of the MLB team since 1993, Chief Brewer will now oversee 13 employees.
Drawing on his Masters in Public Administration and his 20-year service to our country in the U.S. Air Force, Brewer will be responsible for leading the airport’s safety and security initiatives in coordination with Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Assistant Director of Business Development
Melissa Naughton, formerly contracts administrator for the airport since 2000, has been promoted to Assistant Director of Business Development.
Her duties have been expanded to support the airport’s business development ambitions in addition to her role of contracts administrator.
Currently seeking professional accreditation, Ms. Naughton holds a degree from the University of Florida.
About Melbourne International Airport
Melbourne International Airport is located on the Atlantic coast of Central Florida and is credited with generating more than $1 billion per year in economic activity for the Space Coast region.
Known as “America’s fastest growing Aviation/Aerospace Manufacturing Center,” a newly constructed 83,000 square-foot maintenance hangar designed to house the largest commercial aircraft is part of a growing airfield complex.
MLB boasts tenants such as aviation giants Harris Corp., Embraer, Northrop Grumman and Rockwell Collins.
It is the closest airport to Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center/NASA and the surfing capital of Cocoa Beach.
Currently served by Delta Air Lines, US Airways/American Airlines, Baer Air and Elite Airways, the facility features three runways, a 200,000 square-foot terminal, a 40,000 square-foot fully-outfitted customs facility and is part of FTZ #136.
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