Staff

The Authority employs 60 staff members in the areas of Finance, Administration, IT, Development, Marketing, Operations, and Public Safety.

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Executive Director


Lew Bleiweis

Executive Director

Lew S. Bleiweis, A.A.E., has over 20 years experience in the aviation industry with the majority of his time focused on airport management, including areas of properties, operations, maintenance, purchasing, and risk management.

Prior to Mr. Bleiweis’ relocation to Asheville, he served as the Director of Properties for the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, Louisville, Kentucky. He joined the Louisville Regional Airport Authority in 1999 as Properties Manager and was then promoted to Director of Technical Services.

Prior to that time, Mr. Bleiweis held several positions with the Kansas City Aviation Department, Kansas City, Missouri and the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission, Roanoke Virginia.

Mr. Bleiweis has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Airport Executives, and has also served as the President of the Southeast Chapter – American Association of Airport Executives. He is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) by the American Association of Airport Executives, and he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration/Airport Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Executive Assistant to the Director


Ellen Heywood

Executive Assistant to the Director

Fax: 828-684-3404

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13231

Deputy Executive Director, Development + Operations


Michael A. Reisman

Deputy Executive Director, Development + Operations

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13253


Rita Yanz

Development Coordinator

Phone: 828-684-2226x13252

Administration


Suzie Baker

Director of Administration

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13233


Pat Garren

Administration Assistant

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13713

Finance


Vickie Thomas

Director of Finance

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13234


Hazel Jones

Accounting Coordinator II

Phone: 828-684-2226 x16212


Richael Barthels

Accounting Coordinator I

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13251

Information Technology


Royce Holden

Director of Information Technology

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13240


Cortez Johnson

Network Engineer

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13250


Kellie Whittemore

Information Technology Coordinator

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13740

Marketing and Public Relations


Tina Kinsey

Director of Marketing, Public Relations + Air Service

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13238


Callie Polk

Marketing + Public Relations Specialist

Phone: 828-684-3236


David King

Guest Services Supervisor

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13663

Operations and Maintenance


David Nantz

Director of Operations + Maintenance

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13232


Sherman Stark

Operations Supervisor

Phone: 828-684-2226 x16214


Wendi Sparks

Operations Specialist

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13731


Daniela Lajos

Operations Specialist

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13748


Ron Mundy

Maintenance Supervisor

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13249


Laura Mikkonen

Custodial Coordinator

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13752

Public Safety


Kevan Smith

Interim Public Safety Chief

Phone: 828-684-2226 x13241