Yuma County Airport Authority, Inc. Board of Directors Calendar Year 2021
The Officers listed below were elected as of Jan 12, 2021.
1) The monthly YCAA Board of Directors meeting is held the second Tuesday of every month, when necessary Special Board Meetings maybe scheduled with proper notice. The written notice of public meeting and meeting agenda is required to be posted in the glass bulletin board outside the Airport Administration Office on the 2nd floor of the airport terminal located at 2191 East 32nd Street, Yuma, Arizona. The public notice and agenda is required 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting and any changes shall be made prior to this time. If you have any questions, please contact the Airport Administration Office at (928) 726-5882, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 AM to 5 PM.
2) The YCAA Committees meet when necessary, and written notice of any YCAA committee meeting as well as the agenda are posted in the bulletin board outside the Airport Administration Office on the 2nd floor of the airport terminal located at 2191 East 32nd Street, Yuma, Arizona. The public notice of committee meetings and agenda shall be posted 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting and any changes shall be made prior to this time. If you have any questions, please contact the Airport Administration Office at (928) 726-5882, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 AM to 5 PM.
4) All Airport Board and Committee meetings are conducted in accordance with the Arizona Open Meeting Law. Please contact us if you have any questions about the requirements of the Open Meeting Law.
Bill Craft President
Bill Craft - President
Mr. Craft joined the Board in January 2019. In January 2020 Mr. Craft was elected to serve as the Airport Authority President. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri. He is active in the community. He is a Past President of Yuma Sunrise Rotary, the Past Chairman for Housing Authority for the City of Yuma (HACY), a former Commissioner on Airport Board of Directors and has served as Past President of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Yuma. He has served as a Councilman for the City of Yuma and former Deputy Mayor. He currently serves on the Merit Board for the City of Yuma and on the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) for the Police and Fire Retirement Board.
He is the Sales Manager at Academy Mortgage and he has been in the mortgage business for 20+ years. He started his career with a Mortgage broker and spent the rest of his career as a mortgage banker, ultimately becoming the Branch Manager.
As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, he had the opportunity to be stationed at MCAS Yuma and eventually retired in Yuma after a 20-year career serving his country.
Following his military career, he began working for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage where he obtained the position of Branch Manager. After over a decade in that position, he transferred to the Wells Fargo Business Banking Group where he worked closely with local Yuma businesses and their finances. In 2016, he retired from Wells Fargo. A year later he realized that he did not retire well and started back into the mortgage industry with Academy Mortgage.
While residing in Yuma, Mr. Craft met and married my wife Loire, of 24 years. Between them they have three grown children, Stephen, Gregory and Sarah and one recently added granddaughter, Sawyer.
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Dean Hager 1st Vice President
Dean Hager - 1st Vice President
"Participation in community agency Boards/activities is a privilege that each citizen should make time for. My family and I always have, as a guiding principle, found a way to incorporate community service into our lives whether it was overseas in the military or civilian life back home."
Mr. Hager served on the Yuma County Airport Authority from 2011-2018 and rejoined the Board in January 2020. In January 2020 Mr. Hager was elected to serve as the Airport Authority 1st Vice President. Mr. Hager graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Human Resources Management and earned Bachelor's degrees from State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook, in Business and Psychology.
Mr. Hager served 25 years in the US Navy, with extensive experience in aviation logistics and facility management. Assignments were throughout the globe from southwest Asian afloat commands, to several eastern Europe and middle east conflicts. He was one of the first seven military leaders to acquire the specialty rating of Joint Staff Operations Officer, retiring at the rank of Captain (0-6). He then joined Honda of America Manufacturing as a Senior Prototype Development Manager, responsible for development of "green field" manufacturing facility start ups and several new in-house high performance models He retired again in 2009, becoming a full-time resident of Yuma AZ. Mr. Hager is currently active in several community organizations; including Board of Director positions with Helping Hands of Yuma, the US Navy League's Yuma Council (4 term Pres.), and Yuma Chamber's MIL Affairs Committee (2 terms Chair). He also is founder of our US Naval Sea Cadet Program and annual city heritage event, Yuma Military Appreciation Day.
Mr. Hager's past business experience adds significant value to the Airport Authority and the Yuma community With a combination of analytical and social skill awareness in multicultural corporations, Mr. Hager provides keen insights to the Board. Mr. Hager is excited to have the opportunity to participate in the success of the airport and working with key staff members to focus on long term growth. Mr. Hager understands the airport's impact on the community; ways not understood by many in the community or government. He hopes to highlight how the community can benefit from the aviation industry.
Please contact Mr. Hager via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Saltzer Treasurer
Eric Saltzer - Treasurer
"I look forward to expanding my airport management skills and be more involved in this awesome community. My interest on the Board is to better promote Yuma and aviation."
Mr. Saltzer is a life long resident of Yuma County and joined the Airport Authority Board in January 2015. In January 2018 Mr. Saltzer was elected to serve as the Airport Authority Treasurer. He has been in and around aviation his entire life and is the owner the family owned Somerton Airport which supports General Aviation, holds monthly BBQs and Experimental Aircraft Association picnics. Mr. Saltzer joined the Board to expand his airport management skills and to be more involved with the promotion of aviation in the Yuma community. When not busy with managing his airfield, Mr. Saltzer enjoys his time being surrounded by his daughter, family, participating in off road sports, watersports, volunteering with the MCAS Sonoran Recovery Team, or in one of his international motor cross races.
Mr. Saltzer's practical, easygoing attitude and enthusiasm are just a few of the strengths he brings to the Board of Directors. His integrity, commitment to customer service and ability to face and overcome challenges will be a valuable attribute as the airport continues to grow. Mr. Saltzer holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Ecology, a private pilot's license and had previously worked on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Mr. Saltzer is looking forward to serving on the Board with the goal of approaching airport business in a sincere, calm, and professional manner. His logical decision making will contribute greatly to the Board.
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Russ Jones Secretary
Russ Jones - Secretary
"As a pilot and aircraft owner based in Yuma, I've long been very interested in promoting both commercial and GA aircraft in Yuma."
Mr. Jones joined the Board in January 2016. In January 2018 Mr. Jones was elected to serve as the Airport Authority Secretary. He attended the University of Arizona, as well as Arizona Western College, Grossmont Community College, and San Diego State University. Mr. Jones is a licensed Arizona surplus lines Insurance Broker and a licensed US Customhouse Broker with a National license designation. Mr. Jones has been married for over 50 years to his college sweetheart Janet. They have two wonderful children: Shelley Jones Mellon and Eric Jones, and have four grandchildren.
Mr. Jones is an active community leader that is well known throughout Yuma County. He is proud of the multi-generation family business R.L. Jones Management Group, in which he is the President and CEO. He has taken on many roles in the public sector and is currently very involved in several private sector planning and development projects. Mr. Jones is currently serving as an Arizona Power Commissioner, appointed by Governor Brewer, and on the Arizona Mexico Commission by appointment of Governor Ducey. In addition, Mr. Jones currently serves on the board of directors for the Border Philanthropy Partnership, the Arizona Heritage Alliance, the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, the Smart Border Coalition, and the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma. Mr. Jones is also the Chair of the Border Trade Alliance. Mr. Jones has an extensive list of community organizations he supports and proudly served as the Arizona State Representative for District 24 in 2004-2006 and 2010-2012. During his time in the State Legislature, Mr. Jones was the Vice Chair of the Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Military Affairs Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.
Mr. Jones is known for his organizational leadership skills, extensive background and solid business practices, the Board of Director was thrilled to have him as a part of the airport team. Mr. Jones is excited to participate and be an advocate for the General Aviation community, as he has over 35 years of multi-engine and instrument rated private pilots experience. Additionally, Mr. Jones would like to see aviation excel in our community as well as expand services on the airfield and at the airport.
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Brian Cullen Director
Brian Cullen - Director
"Yuma airport represents a unique entity among airport. It is a privilege to contribute in a positive role toward the continual commercial development of the airport, to promote growth in general aviation, and to foster a strong productive and cooperative relationship with the military side of the house and airport."
Dr. Cullen served on the Yuma County Airport Authority Board of Directors from 2009 through April 2011. He was then re-elected to the Board again in March 2014. Dr. Cullen earned his Bachelors of Arts in Biology from the University of Louisville and continued on at Louisville completing his studies as Doctor of Dental Medicine. He Completed residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Mott Children's Health Center in Michigan in 1980. He is a member of CRS Cleft Palate/Lip Tear at Yuma Regional Hospital, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Arizona Dental Association, the Arizona Pilots Association and the Baja Bush Pilot's Association. He is the Past President of Yuma High School Booster Club and past President of Yuma Catholic High School Booster Club.
Dr. Cullen is one of our frequent flyer general aviators and loves flying when he is not busy with his dental practice. Being a pilot gives Dr. Cullen, as a Board Member, the opportunity to be an advocate for General Aviation throughout the Boards' decision making process as they further develop Yuma International Airport. His military experience, education background, experience building and running a private practice as well as his knowledge through years of flying make a positive contribution to the Board. Dr. Cullen believes cities that have airports have an economical, commercial and political advantage. They provide services for the community and generate revenue through airport facilities as well as partnerships. Dr. Cullen enjoys working with the other Board of Directors and the airport staff which is a vital link to Yuma's growth and development.
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Reetika Dhawan Director
Reetika Dhawan - Director
Ms. Dhawan joined the Board in January 2020. She is currently serving the role of Dean of Career and Technology for Arizona Western College, in Yuma Arizona.
Ms. Dhawan was born and raised in India, where opportunities are not always equal for women. This struggle has taught her valuable lessons in life, including the ethic of working hard to achieve goals. She is always interested in ways to improve herself and advance her career.
Ms. Dhawan has had experience in teaching as well as leadership. After completing her education in Mathematics and Physics, with a Bachelors of Science in math, physics and chemistry, a Bachelors of Education, a Masters of Science in physics, and a Master's of Science in Applied Math, she began her teaching career. Although she has had many roles in teaching and at various levels, She has been teaching at the university level for 18 years now. She has taught for the Math and Engineering department at Arizona Western College, including higher level math courses. She has also taught courses in statistics, astronomy and physics. She's successfully been the Division Chair for Math and Engineering at Arizona Western for 3 years, prior to advancing to Dean. Ms. Dhawan has also had the wonderful opportunity of creating her own successful learning center in her home city in India for Math, Physics and Engineering.
Ms. Dhawan's background has created a unique understanding of leadership, project management, grant development, community outreach, curriculum development, career and tech advising, and budget management, just to name a few competencies. In addition, She has participated in numerous committees over the years, such as math club advisor, teaching mentor, high school liaison, math fair committee, debate club co-advisor, assessment committee, grant submission collaborator, science foundation of Arizona, science camp, mylabsplus campus representative, regional Director for Arizona Science Teacher Association, and title-1 grant.
Ms. Dhawan has received numerous accolades over the years, for teaching, including most recently the AWC Teacher of the Year award, as well as Endowed Faculty Award, NISOD teaching award, AWC Excellency Medal, AWC Star Faculty Award, Instructor of the year, to name a few.
She brings a level of enthusiasm to her students which encourages their development. In her experience as Dean for Career and Technology, She has come to know the workings of the community as a whole. This has created a greater insight in her ability to lead and direct students as well as provide a supportive role in their education.
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William Fox Director
William Fox - Director
Mr. Fox joined the Board in January 2018. He graduated with a degree in Economics from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Fox later received his J.D from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. He is currently an attorney at the Yuma County Office of the Legal Defender, and has been in Yuma for the past 11 years.
Mr. Fox's first experience with the airport was in the 1990's when he was a CSR for Mesa Airlines, selling tickets and moving luggage. He moved to Los Angeles and then San Diego where he worked as a middle school teacher for several years. Eventually he worked at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in the Education Department, teaching children and adults about aviation and space flight. After getting his JD, he returned to Yuma, and is pleased to be a member of the YCAA Board of Directors. As a private pilot, he is interested in general aviation and making the airport more accessible to everyone, and believes that his experience working at the airport gives him additional insight into the airport's needs.
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Albert Gardner Director
Albert Gardner - Director
Mr. Gardner has served on the Yuma County Airport Authority from 2007-2015 and rejoined the Board in January 2017. He is active in the General Aviation community, is an avid aviator and flies an RV-10. Mr. Gardner is a retired electrical engineer of Ford Aerospace, RCA and IBM. He obtained his Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. He obtained his Private Pilot Certificate in 1968, and his Commercial Certificate & Instrument Rating 1971. Mr. Gardner is a member of the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association and a member of the Aircraft Owner and Pilot's Association.
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Juan Guzman Director
Juan Guzman - Director
Mr. Guzman joined the Board in January 2020. He has been part of the Agricultural Industry for almost two decades. His career began in 2002, right after graduating from CETYS University in Mexico. He started his journey in Thermal, California the hotbed of the West Coast Date Industry where he got his start working for Cal-Sungold, Inc. one of the premier suppliers of dates to the retail, industrial and consumer markets.
From the start Mr. Guzman was immediately enchanted with all things dates and fascinated by the inner workings of the industry. He developed an intense desire to learn everything he could about the product, the manufacturing, the production, and the sales, marketing and distribution. He has a special passion for Medjool dates. The Medjool is noted for its powerful health benefits as well as its delicious taste.
Mr. Guzman's initial position had him overseeing the operations of the packing house where he made significant accomplishments in the areas of quality control and environmental control. His career with Cal-Sungold spanned nine years. He eventually became a General Manager and Marketing Director before leaving for senior positions with Datepac, LLC and Bard Valley Date Growers Association (BDVG).
Over the past five years Juan's positions and responsibilities have expanded to focus on International Sales, working with wholesalers and retailers from around the globe; and in Global Business Development Strategy where is also responsible for the BDVG's sales planning initiatives. He recently became the Senior Vice President of Operations for Datepac LLC while also holding the position of Director of Operations and Quality Assurance with BVDG.
Juan can happily say that he is "living the dream" on a global, worldwide level and is excited about expanding his dream. He is extremely proud of his career and his accomplishments.
Most important to Juan is his loving marriage to his high school sweetheart. He and his wife have just welcomed a daughter into their family.
Juan holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing.
He is also a graduate of Class 41 for the Ag Leadership Program of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation.
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Jenny Torres Director
Jenny Torres- Director
Mrs. Torres joined the Board in January 2021. She currently serves as the Community Development Director for the City of San Luis.
For the past twenty-two years, Mrs. Torres has worked for nonprofit organizations, government entities and for profit companies in both Arizona and California. Mrs. Torres holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Master degree in Public Management from Northern Arizona University.
Her work emphasizes on establishing and coordinating economic and community development projects. Mrs. Torres' vocational experience and career emphasis attest to her expertise in areas such as financing, development, construction and management of affordable housing, public projects and business development. In an effort to support community and economic development, her work focuses on infrastructure development in order to recruit new businesses to the area. She constantly seeks opportunities to establish and maintain liaison relationships while representing the community at local, state, federal and international levels. Her education and vocational experience make her an invaluable asset to Yuma County and its surrounding vicinities.
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Bill Craft, President, email@example.com
Dean Hager, 1st Vice President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Saltzer, Treasurer, email@example.com
Russ Jones, Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Brian Cullen, D.M.D, email@example.com
Reetika Dhawan, firstname.lastname@example.org
William Fox, email@example.com
Albert Gardner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan Guzman, email@example.com
Jenny Torres, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Saltzer, Chairman
Strategic Planning Committee
Russ Jones, Chairman
Election & Personnel Committee
Albert Gardner, Chairman
Dr. Brian Cullen
Public Relations Committee
Ken Scott, ASN Volunteer