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Airport hires new director

Post Date:12/03/2018 8:17 AM

Jeremy Valgardson, manager of the Cedar City Regional Airport in Utah, has been hired as the director of San Angelo Regional Airport. His first day in the post will be Jan. 16.

Valgardson has managed the Cedar City Regional Airport since February 2015, overseeing a 1,500-acre airfield and a 17,500-square-foot terminal that records 16,000 enplanements annually. During his tenure, he has increased airport revenues 35 percent in support of a $4.4 million annual budget. In addition to securing more than $40 million in state and federal grants for improvements, Valgardson coordinated an airport master plan. An effort to update San Angelo Regional Airport’s master plan recently began.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me and for my family,” Valgardson said. “I’m impressed with the aggression with which San Angelo has sought a second carrier, the improvements it has made to the terminal and the airfield, and the plans for making San Angelo Regional Airport an even more important economic driver. I’m thrilled to be joining an organization that embraces the value an airport generates, not only as a transportation hub, but also as a job creator.”

The City’s airport director manages the staff, operations and commercial leases at San Angelo Regional Airport. The director is also responsible for business development, management of federal grants, oversight of the airfield’s infrastructure, and compliance with state and federal regulations. The airport’s annual budget is $1.55 million.

San Angelo Regional Airport-Mathis Field serves more than 66,000 passengers annually via five American Eagle flights daily on regional jets to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. City leadership continues to pursue a second carrier offering service to another commercial hub.

At the same time, San Angelo’s economic development officials are working to position San Angelo Regional Airport as a place for industrial ventures to grow their businesses and create jobs. Among the operations currently at Mathis Field are the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FedEx, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Precision Aircraft, Ranger Aviation, Skyline Aviation and West Texas Weather Modification.

Valgardson earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation science from Utah Valley University and a master’s degree in aviation management from Arizona State University. He is a professional pilot and a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives. He has worked in operations, management, maintenance and ramp activities in airports in Arizona and Utah. Cedar City Regional Airport houses a federal wildfire fighting operation, a flight school, and daily commercial air service through Delta (SkyWest) Airlines.

Deputy Director Mitch Sprunger had served as the interim airport director since July.

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