CT Airport Authority Chairwoman Mary Ellen Jones

Mary Ellen Jones, chosen by Governor Malloy to head the newly minted CT Airport Authority (CAA), possesses the credentials to tackle the task and is ready to go, explaining, “The biggest challenge is where to start”.

The Glastonbury resident is the President of the Engine Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture between Pratt and Whitney and GE that manufactures and supports the Connecticut built GP7000 Engine for the Airbus A380. She assumed this role in November of 2009, after heading Pratt & Whitney’s Commercial Engines & Global Services Marketing, where she led worldwide marketing initiatives for P&W’s new engine and aftermarket businesses.

The new CAA Chairwoman previously served as Vice President – Marketing and Sales for the Engine Alliance, and also worked for three years in Toulouse, France directing Pratt & Whitney’s operations at Airbus headquarters.  Her
other experience includes management positions with Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Corporation in Sales, Contracts, Communications and Government Relations.

As far as first steps for the new Authority, there has been no lack of input from outside sources, starting immediately after her being named to Chair the 11 member Authority. Ms. Jones explained,  “there has been a lot of outreach” on a number of items ; input via callers ranging from passengers to elected officials expressing opinions on baggage, parking, and the need for new air services.  The members had yet to meet together as The Airport News went to press, so any particular synergies and individual actions had yet to be addressed, but  “everyone is eager to get going” the Chairwoman noted  in referring to the Board, and an October meeting is being planned.  Ms. Jones  intends to draw on her “strong marketing and sales background” in addressing the growth of CT’s airports and implementation of new air service, which many have told her already needs to include a Trans-Atlantic effort. The immediate task is getting to work on organizing the new Authority and a Letter of Memorandum transferring control from the CT DOT, as directed by the Legislation signed by CT Governor Malloy on June 30, 2011.  First priority, after establishing procedural and operating guidelines for the Board, will be given to “where do we get the biggest impact the soonest”, explained the Chairwoman. Personal business and travel experiences that include 1 million miles on “at least one airline” and a collection of Board members with very impressive resumes are all ready to start the effort that has been decades in the waiting.

Hartford: Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn) has appointed Karen Jarmoc, of Enfield, to the Connecticut Airport Authority

Public Act 11-84, AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONNECTICUT AIRPORT AUTHORITY, establishes the 11-member CAA to develop, improve, and operate Bradley International Airport, the state’s five other general aviation airports (Danielson, Groton/New London, Hartford Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham airports), and any other general aviation airports CAA owns, operates, and manages. “I am honored and excited in regard to this tremendous opportunity to be a part of this leadership team,” said Jarmoc. “Clearly, the economic potential for Bradley and all of Connecticut’s airports has not been fully realized. I am eager to get to work and help fully leverage Bradley’s ability to be a boost to business and more responsive to market conditions. Bradley is a business and must help drive growth in the long-run.”

“Karen brings an ideal mix of government, business, and civic experience to the Airport Authority Board,” said Senator Williams. “I’m pleased she has accepted this opportunity to serve the state at this important time. Connecticut’s airports can – and must – play a pivotal role in our economic recovery. Karen will help make this a reality.” Sen Williams

Karen served as a state representative for four years (2006-2010). She is currently the board chair to the Asnuntuck Community College Foundation and the United Way of North Central Connecticut. Ms. Jarmoc also serves as an advisor to the college’s manufacturing technology division as a member of that department’s board.

She was a member of the board of the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce where she worked to establish a legislative action committee. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Simmons College and a master’s degree in public policy from Trinity College. She and her husband Stephen reside in Enfield.

The Airport News was able to catch up with the very busy President of the Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau, Michael Van Parys, for a few minutes prior to the September 22d start of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Summit. http://www.aopa.org/summit/

This is the second time the AOPA leaders have brought their to Hartford, the first time being in 2007, and will be one of the Center’s largest events this year according to Mr. Van Parys. This is the largest event also for the 72 year old organization; The AOPA Aviation Summit is aviation’s premier trade show and convention, with dozens of aircraft on display at Airportfest, more than 400 exhibitor booths occupying the center exhibit hall, and more than 60 hours of seminars offered over the course of three days.

Mr. Van Parys is very optimistic for a repeat stellar performance, likely matching the 10,000 attendees that came in ’07. “We anticipate good room night numbers” he explained, “ and we also will be able to utilize local man power, providing about 60 short term jobs” to help work the event. In addition, the Center has contracted with local transport companies to offer shuttle service to and from the events at the CT Convention Center, the “Airportfest” located at Hartford Brainard Airport, area hotels, and also the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT as well as Bradley International. Hartford Brainard is the primary airport for the event, but Bradley International’s FBOs expect traffic as well from larger aircraft and customers that are based there.

Mr. Van Parys also complimented The CT Department of Transportation Aviation Department’s Steve Korta, who won a “Bring it Home to Hartford Award” for his efforts behind the 2007 event. “He has been golden,” according to Mr. Van Parys, “he takes time toexplain things and has been amazingly supportive.”

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