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Board hires MoDOT executive to lead Springfield-Branson National Airport

June 23, 2011|by Linda Russell, KY3 News | lrussell@ky3.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield-Branson National Airport has a new director of aviation.  The new director was announced at a news conference at the airport on Thursday afternoon.  Brian Weiler replaces Gary Cyr, who retired April 1.

Weiler is the multimodal director for the Missouri Department of Transportation.  He’s been with MoDOT for 15 years.  He’s responsible for state government involvement in aviation, rail, waterways, transit and freight development. 

Before that, he was the director of aviation for the Johnson County Airport Commission in Johnson County, Kansas and managed airports in St. Joseph and in Martin County, Fla.  Weiler also served in the U.S. Marine Corp as an air traffic controller, he has a bachelors degree in Professional Aeronautics and a master’s degree in Aviation Safety.  He has a private pilot’s license and is married with four children. 

Weiler says he’s excited to come to the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

"I came from aviation and local government.  It is my love, and it is my passion.  So the opportunity to get back involved in that in such a great facility as this is one I just could not pass up," he told reporters.

"Let me tell you about the Brian Weiler I know.  First of all, he’s a class act.  He is a professional.  He is a person with a rare combination of technical skills, but also very strong people skills," said Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce President Jim Anderson.

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Weiler’s first day on the job will be Aug. 1.  Weiler was one of 64 candidates for the job, which had an application deadline of April 15.  The Airport Board formed a selection committee and that group of nine people narrowed down the list of candidates, bringing in the top three for on-site interviews this month. 

Weiler’s salary will be the same as Cyr’s salary when he left: $119,000.

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Edited news release from Airport Board:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The board of directors of the Springfield-Branson National Airport picked Brian Weiler as the airport’s next director of aviation.  Weiler, 45, is currently multimodal director for the Missouri Department of Transportation, where he is responsible for state government involvement in aviation, rail, waterways, transit and freight development.  Before assuming that role in 2002, Weiler was administrator of aviation for MoDOT from 1997-2002. He was director of aviation for the Johnson County Airport Commission in Johnson County, Kan., from 1995-1997.

“Brian has a proven track record of leadership and airport management,” said Airport Board chairman Jim Enyart, who also chaired the selection committee.  “He has a firm grasp on not only the aviation industry, but also the larger transportation picture as a whole and the many strategic issues we face going forward.”

Hiring a director of aviation is the responsibility of the Airport Board.  Weiler replaces Gary Cyr, who retired in April and moved back to Colorado to lead a smaller airport.

"Our community is extremely fortunate to have Brian Weiler as our new Director of Aviation,” said City Manager Greg Burris.  “Brian’s proven leadership abilities, combined with his professionalism and experience at the local, state, and national levels, make him a great fit for Springfield.  He will be a great addition to our Leadership Team and I look forward to working with him.”

Weiler served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Air Traffic Controller from 1984 to 1987 before being honorably discharged.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri.  He managed airports for the City of St. Joseph and Martin County, Fla., in the 1990s.

In addition to his professional duties, Weiler has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Missouri since 1992, and holds a private pilot’s license. Weiler is married with four children.

“I am very excited about my selection and this opportunity,” said Weiler.  “The airport has undergone many recent improvements and is already a tremendous community asset.  I’m looking forward to working with stakeholders to make it even better.”

Weiler’s anticipated start date will be Aug. 1.  His annual salary will be $117,312.  In addition, this position is a part of the Department Head Occupational Series that will include an additional increase of 2 percent to the current base salary.  The combination of base salary and occupational series pay equates to an annual salary of $119,658.24.  Weiler made $98,424 at MoDOT.

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