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The Authority employs 70+ staff members in the areas of Administration, Development, Finance, Information Technology, Marketing and Public Relations, Operations, and Public Safety. Listed here are the key contacts for each department.

Organizational Chart

President + CEO

Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E.

President + CEO
(828) 684-2226 x3231

Lew S. Bleiweis, A.A.E., has over 30 years of 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.

He has been with the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority since 2008, and has led the organization since 2009.  During his tenure, he has grown the organization from a non-hub airport to a thriving small hub airport with over one million passengers, increased the airport’s fund balance from just over $7 million to $31 million, while overseeing $100 million+ in capital expansion projects, inclusive of the airport’s first parking garage.

Prior to Mr. Bleiweis’ relocation to Asheville, he joined the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, Louisville, Kentucky in 1999, where he held several positions including Director of Properties.

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

Mr. Bleiweis is currently serving as Airport Council International North America’s (ACI-NA) Chair.  He has served as Chair of the ACI-NA U.S. Policy Board, a member of ACI World Governing Board, a Member of the Board of Directors for American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and President of the Southeast Chapter AAAE.  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.

Ellen Heywood

Executive Assistant to the President + CEO
828-684-2226 x3231

Chief Operating Officer

Michael A. Reisman, A.A.E.

Chief Operating Officer
828-684-2226 x3253

Jared Merrill

Vice President Planning
828-684-2226 x5113

Anna Henderson

Planning Coordinator
828-684-2226 x3759

David Nantz

Safety Manager
828-684-2226 x3232

Administration + Human Resources

Angela Wagner

Vice President Administration + Human Resources
828-684-2226 x3233


Janet Burnette

Chief Financial Officer
828-684-2226 x3234

Information Technology

Shane Stockman

Vice President Information Technology
828-684-2226 x3240

Marketing, Public Relations + Air Service

Tina Kinsey, A.A.E.

Vice President Marketing, Public Relations + Air Service
828-684-2226 x3238

Alexandra Ingle

Brand + Experience Designer
828-684-2226 x3236

Heather Pfeffer

Marketing + PR Coordinator
828-684-2226 x3239

David King

Guest Services + Advertising Manager
828-684-2226 x3663

Operations + Maintenance

John Coon, A.A.E.

Vice President Operations and Maintenance
(828) 684-2226, x5102

Daniela Lajos

Operations Manager
828-684-2226 x6214

Jeremy Arthur

Maintenance Manager
828-684-2226 x3249

John Markopoulos

Custodial Manager
828-684-2226 x3752

Properties + Contracts

Christina Madsen

Vice President Business Development + Properties
828-684-2226 x5112

Public Safety

Samuel Sales, A.M.F., ACE

Public Safety Chief
828-684-2226 x4577

Kelly Smith

Public Safety Captain
828-684-2226 x4577