Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monroe Regional Airport (KMLU), Louisiana: Phillips stood out from other airport manager finalists

New Monroe Regional Airport manager Ron Phillips’ management and strategic planning skills elevated him from four other finalists for the job who had more aviation experience, those who selected him said.

As first reported at Wednesday, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo will officially named Phillips, who has been the interim director for 10 months, during an 11 a.m. Thursday news conference at City Hall.

“I’ve been in business 35 years and I’ve never seen someone who was more prepared in an interview,” said Ouachita Parish auto dealer Steve Taylor, who was among those on a selection committee who interviewed the finalists. “I’m thoroughly convinced Ron is the right man for this job.”

Progressive Bank President George Cummings, who was also a member of the advisory committee that recommended Phillips, was similarly impressed.

“He made a thoughtful, solid presentation and has also already clearly addressed issues at the airport,” Cummings said.

Other selection committee members included Mayo, Public Works Director Tom Janway and businessman Robert Clark.

The city paid Tupelo, Miss.-based PACE Group $27,000 to conduct the search. That firm interviewed 10 candidates and presented a list of five finalists.

Other finalists included:

Joe Wheeler, manager of the Greater LaFourche Port Commission airport;

Lane Rodgers, former manager of the Greenville, Miss., airport;

Terry Anderson, former manager of the Tupelo, Miss., airport;

and Kyle Greenwood of Troy, Ala., who has extensive experience in military aviation operations.

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