XNA officials may change plans for airport access road

Posted: November 30, 2017 at 1:04 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF A view of the main entrance on Thursday March 3, 2016 at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill.

Regional airport officials say they're taking a new tack in their ongoing effort to get an access road built.

Head hunters

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority’s Operations Committee decided to recommend to the full board they hire Russell Reynolds Associates to find the next generation of airport leadership. They’ll also look at how duties will be divvied among top management. Scott Van Laningham, executive director of the airport and Chief Financial Officer Terry Franklin are nearing retirement. Van Laningham might retire late next year.

Board members heard proposals from two executive search firms Wednesday, Russell Reynolds, an international firm with an office in Washington and ADK Consulting & Executive Search of Atlantic Beach, Fla.

The regional airport has 47 employees and a 2017 budget of about $24 million.

Source: Staff Report

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