The Authority employs 60+ staff members in the areas of Finance, Administration, IT, Development, Marketing, Operations, and Public Safety.  Listed here are the key contacts for each department. View the Organizational Chart

Executive Director

Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E.

Executive Director
(828) 684-2226

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) Vice Chair, and as a member of ACI World Governing Board.  He has served as Chair of the ACI-NA U.S. Policy Board, a Member of the Board of Directors for American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), 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.

Deputy Executive Director, Development + Operations

Michael A. Reisman, A.A.E.

Deputy Executive Director, Development + Operations
828-684-2226 x13253

David Nantz

Safety Manager
828-684-2226 x13232

Rita Yanz

Development Coordinator

Executive Assistant to the Director

Ellen Heywood

Executive Assistant to the Director

Fax: 828-684-3404

828-684-2226 x13231

Administration + Human Resources

Frank Wheeler

Director of Administration and Human Resources
828-684-2226 x13233


Janet Burnette

Director of Finance
828-684-2226 x13234

Information Technology

Shane Stockman

Director of Information Technology
828-684-2226 x13240

Marketing, Public Relations + Air Service

Tina Kinsey, A.A.E.

Director of Marketing, Public Relations + Air Service
828-684-2226 x13238

Alexandra Bradley

Brand & Experience Manager
828-684-2226 x13236

David King

Guest Services + Sales Supervisor
828-684-2226 x13663

Sierra Fender

Marketing + PR Coordinator
828-684-2226 x13239

Operations and Maintenance

John Coon, A.A.E.

Director of Operations and Maintenance
(828) 684-2226, x15102

Daniela Lajos

Operations Supervisor
828-684-2226 x16214

Jeremy Arthur

Maintenance Supervisor
828-684-2226 x13249

Crystal Hale

Custodial Supervisor
828-684-2226 x13752

Public Safety

Kevan Smith

Public Safety Chief
828-684-2226 x13241

Samuel Sales

Public Safety Captain
828-684-2226 x14577