Up-close and personal with Airport director Randy Berg

Thanks to the Puget Sound Business Journal, aviation writer Andrew McIntosh, and photographer Anthony Bolante for their up-close and personal look (sign-in required to read the full interview) at our new Airport Director, Randy Berg in the November 18 issue.

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Andrew and Anthony sat down with Randy last month, and drew out Randy’s story of coming full circle from his first career job 40 years ago at the Auburn Municipal Airport, and his very first job in high school as a “gas boy” at the Van Nuys Airport in Southern California.

I met famous entertainers and politicians who owned airplanes in the L.A. basin. You’d get a chance to talk with them. My uncle was also a pilot, mechanic and retired Federal Aviation Administration executive. When I look back at my career, it was the most fun I had. To this day, I look out my window and watch people on the ramp, especially in pouring rain, and my heart still goes out to them.

Randy now directs King County International Airport – Boeing Field, where he has direct responsibility for 5,500 jobs, indirect responsibility for another 16,000, and management of a facility which has a regional economic impact of $3.5 billion a year.

Randy also shared his ongoing interest in teaching airport management to young people, paying out of his own pocket to fly to LA and Salt Lake City to lead weekend classes.

I teach out of passion. I just can’t give it up. I lecture three weekends out of every quarter. I want to find ways to strengthen the education component of what happens here. Boeing Field could be something similar to a teaching hospital, a teaching airport for aviation. That’s a goal way out on the horizon.

Randy Berg at map of airport

BUSINESS JOURNAL PHOTO by ANTHONY BOLANTE

Read the full interview in the November 18 issue of the Puget Sound Business Journal, or register to see it online.