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Meet our Directors

Tom Stoudt

Thomas R. Stoudt
Executive Director

Mr. Stoudt is the Executive Director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, which owns and operates a three-airport system, including Lehigh Valley International and Queen City Airports in Allentown and Braden Airpark in Forks Township, Pennsylvania.  He is responsible for overall mission accomplishment, which includes generating $23 million in annual operating revenues and progressing a $30 million airports capital improvement program.

Tom has 22 years of experience and for the past 5 years has been the Director of Operations and Safety and maintained some of those duties in his new role.

Tom serves as a primary liaison to federal and state aviation operations and safety organizations; such as: Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), USDA Wildlife Services and PENNDOT Bureau of Aviation.  Tom is the principal Airport Security Coordinator (ASC) for ABE and directs the development and implementation of the Airport Security Program (ASP) and the Airport Certification Manual (ACM) for ABE in accordance with Federal Regulations.

In 1995, Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  He also holds an FAA Airframe & Powerplant License and an Associate of Science in Aircraft Maintenance from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Tom received his Airplane Single-Engine Land Private Pilot Flight Theory at Lehigh Carbon Community College and earned a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate from Pennsylvania State University.

Tom is a member of the Operations, Safety, Planning & Emergency Management Committee of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the Operations & Technical Affairs Committee, Operations & Safety Working Group and the Public Safety and Security Committee of Airports Council International-North America (ACI/NA).

 

Darren Betters

Darren J. Betters
Director, Business Development

Darren Betters is the Director, Business Development for the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.  Darren maintains responsibility for several LNAA functional areas including; Business Development, Air Service Development, Real Estate Development, Customer Experience, Marketing, Advertising Sales, Property Management and Concessionaire Relationship Management. Through his time at the LNAA Darren has directed the activities of many other departments including; Aviation Services, Administration & Finance, Information Technology and Parking.

Darren came to the LNAA with a diverse aviation background.  He began his career as an Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot and accumulated more than 3,500 hours in the cockpit.  When Darren decided to make the transition to aviation management, he went to work for AFS Aviation in Reading Pennsylvania.  He started at AFS as the Chief Flight Instructor before being promoted to FBO General Manager.  After his tenure with AFS Darren Moved to Detroit Metro Airport where he was the General Manager of Metro Flight Services.  Later, Darren was hired by AvPorts to oversee their Rhode Island project.  There he served as General Manager for the five General Aviation Airports in Rhode Island.  While in Rhode Island, he was given the additional responsibility of managing the Atlanta South Regional Airport in Georgia.  Darren managed all six airports until he was transferred to the Lehigh Valley as part of the AvPorts management contract for the LNAA.  Later Darren was offered a job with the LNAA and left AvPorts to join the Authority.

Darren stays active in the Aviation Community as a member of The American Association of Airport Executives, The National Business Aviation Association, Airports Council International and the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania.

Steve Connors

Steven Connors
Director, Operations & Safety

Steven Connors is the Director of Operations & Safety for the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA). His primary role is overseeing the safety, security, operations and maintenance for all Airport Authority properties including Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), Queen City Airport (XLL) and Braden Airpark (N43).

Steven arrived at ABE in 1992 and worked for the Fixed Base Operation (FBO), before joining the LNAA in 2004.

Steven has served in a multitude of operational and management roles across the airfield including: Line Service Supervisor for Lehigh Valley Aviation Services (FBO), Line Service Operations Manager (FBO), LNAA Property Manager,  LNAA Training & Compliance Coordinator, LNAA Operations & Safety Manager. He assumed the position of “Acting” Director of Operations & Safety for the Airport Authority last August. He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of policies / procedures that improve the identification and correction of airfield discrepancies.

During recent years, Steven has been a critical component to the training and regulatory compliance of employees, stakeholders, and tenants. In 2018, the LNAA received its first “perfect” FAR Part 139 Inspection from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Steven resides in Lower Nazareth.

Glenn Kurcon

Glenn A. Kurcon
Director, Information Systems & Technology

Glenn Kurcon is the Director of Information Systems and Technology for the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority.  Most recently Glenn worked for the City of Newburgh, New York serving as the Information Systems Manager.  Glenn worked for the City for nearly thirteen years in this role and grew the IT Department from its inception in 2003 into what is regarded as one of the most technically advanced municipalities in Orange County, New York.  Highlights during his tenure include the introduction of a document management system for paperless workflows such as invoicing and HR changes, the first department-wide body worn camera pilot program for a police department in the County, and the migration of multiple legacy software applications to modern systems.  Prior to his role as Information Systems Manager at the City of Newburgh, Glenn worked for IKON Office Solutions (now known as Ricoh USA) in Malvern, PA in the role of Information Systems Engineer.

Glenn was born and raised in Media, PA and received a BA in Communications from Temple University as well as a technical diploma for Networking and Data Communications from the Chubb Institute.  Through his career he has achieved multiple professional certifications including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Cisco Certified Network Associate.  Some of his work at the City of Newburgh was recently highlighted in StateTech Magazine, a trade journal focused on technology solutions for state and local government.  View it here.

Glenn has recently relocated from Matamoras, PA to Allen Township.  In his spare time he enjoys snowboarding and spending quality time with his two children, Kaylee and Chase.

Ryan Meyer

Ryan A. Meyer
Director, Planning & Programming

Ryan Meyer is the Director of Planning and Programming for the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority. Ryan is responsible for all aspects of Airport Planning, Engineering Design/Construction, Project/Grant Management and Environmental Affairs. Ryan came to LNAA over two years ago with a diverse planning and project management background as a Senior Aviation Planner, where he has been responsible for grant coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the overall airport capital improvement program, and project management in regards to consultant coordination and construction projects. He began his career with AECOM (formerly DMJM Aviation) as an Airport Planner, and has eight years of airport and consulting experience in both planning and project management.

Ryan began his aviation career at an early age, working on his Private Pilot’s license at Queen City Airport while he was in high school. He received his Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Florida Institute of Technology, where he also received his Instrument, Commercial and Multi-Engine pilot ratings. In 2012, Ryan earned a Master of Aeronautical Science and Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Ryan works closely with local planning agencies and municipalities to ensure adjacent and local development is compatible with airport operations and consistent with future airport development. Ryan is an active member of the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee. Ryan is also involved with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania.

Connie Phillip

Connie S. Phillip
Director, Commercial Services

Connie Phillip is the Director of Commercial Services of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA). Connie oversees all Aviation Services at Lehigh Valley International, Queen City and Braden, Parking, Cargo, and the Fixed Base Operator (FBO).

Connie began her career at the Lehigh Valley International Airport in April of 1991 as a Customer Service Agent with American Airlines. Throughout her 24 years of service she was directly employed by and managed several airlines including American Eagle, AirTran Airways, Southeast and Pan Am. In addition to Airline Management, Connie performed the role as Manager of Training for Pan Am. In this role she was responsible for new service operations, audits and training for several airports in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Canada as well as a number of domestic markets. Connie also instructed Hazardous Materials and Security training for Airline crews. Connie worked briefly for Piedmont-Hawthorn supervising the startup operation for the airport’s ground handling department.

In December 2004 Connie came onboard with the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority. While employed with the Airport Authority, Connie assisted with Lehigh Valley Air (the Authority’s chartered air service operation) managing both the operation and reservation center. Connie continued on to manage the ground handling contracts including deicing and charters for TMA, Hooters Air, AirTran Airways, American Eagle and Allegiant.

Connie has spent the past two year’s serving as General Manager for the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) for LVIA.

Todd Quann

Todd W. Quann
Director, Finance and Administration

Todd Quann is the Director of Finance and Administration of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA), where he oversees Finance, Human Resources, and Risk Analysis.

Todd has a diverse financial background.  Todd began his career underwriting group insurance rates and profitability with Prudential Insurance Company.  Todd left Prudential and took on a similar role with the Guardian Insurance Company.  After Todd left Guardian, he did some sales and consulting before eventually taking on  Accounting and Controllership responsibilities with the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society (ABFMS).

In 2004, Todd and the Finance team at AMBFS were awarded the prestigious Pinnacle Award by Microsoft for Overall Excellence in Business Invocation due to their creativity in using Microsoft Great Plains,  Microsoft FRX, and Microsoft Forecaster.  After his twelve year tenure at ABFMS, Todd did accounting consulting work for Stryker Corporation.

Most recently, prior to joining the Authority, he served as the Director of Finance for Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley. Todd has severed as Treasurer for several non-profit board of directors and recently became a member of the Miller-Keystone Blood Center Development Committee.  Todd is an active member of the Institute of Management Accountants.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business and Finance from IUP, Masters in Accountancy from the University of Phoenix, and is a Certified Managerial Accountant.

Colin Head shot

Colin Riccobon
Director, Public and Government Relations

Colin Riccobon is the Director of Public and Government Relations for the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA). His primary responsibilities include development of strategic internal / external communication plans to achieve maximum exposure of LNAA initiatives through media, social media, and marketing; oversight of community engagement programs; serving as primary LNAA media spokesperson for all three aviation operations (Lehigh Valley International Airport, Queen City Airport, Braden Airpark); distribution of employee newsletters; and coordinate crisis communications efforts during emergency situations.

Additionally, Colin acts as the LNAA’s legislative liaison for federal, state, and local government officials to help enhance awareness of the LNAA’s position of being an economic engine within the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Colin landed at the Airport Authority in 2016 to fulfill the role of Public Information Officer. Over a three-year period, the LNAA adopted a media relations policy for daily media inquiries and implemented live streaming of the monthly Board of Governors meetings for more increased accessibility.

Prior to his arrival, Colin served a External Communications Manager for the American Red Cross Blood Services Division in Northeastern Pennsylvania and spent 13 years working in the broadcast news industry. He is a five-time winner of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award.

In his spare time, Colin enjoys spending time with his wife and their twin toddlers.

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