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Airport Authority Board

Airport Authority Board meetings are held in the Prairie Room on the second floor of the Airport terminal building. The meetings are at 1:00 p.m. followed by the Work Sessions at/or about 2:00 p.m.

2017 Airport Board Meeting Schedule (PDF)

Airport Authority Agenda and Minutes Archives

 

Board Members



Vincent Bakke

 

Vincent Bakke

 

United Airlines

VinnieB007@gmail.com
Term Expires: December 31, 2019


Vincent Bakke is a Montana native.  Born in Missoula where he went to Hellgate High School and started flying out of Johnson-Bell Field at age 16.  He went to college at MSU in Bozeman, where he earned a degree in Business Mgmt, obtained his flight instructor certificates in airplanes and gliders and received his commission as an officer through Air Force ROTC.  Vince then went into the Air Force and flew F16s and AT38s over the next 14 years before settling in Great Falls with his wife Myra and family in 1999 and finishing his 23 year military career, retiring as a Lt. Colonel with the Montana Air Guard.  He also has a Master of Aerospace Science degree from Embry Riddle Univ.  The Bakke's still live near Great Falls and Vince is currently a Boeing 737 flight officer for United Airlines based out of Denver, CO.

 
 

Michael Buck

 

Michael Buck

 

Lieutenant Colonel
(406) 836-9857

MikeBuckGTFAirport@gmail.com
Term Expires: December 31, 2017


Lieutenant Colonel Buck is a 1983 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He earned a second Bachelor of Science degree, in Physics, from Valdosta State University in 1992 and a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1999.  Lieutenant Colonel Buck received his commission on 10 June 1983 and was awarded his U.S. Air Force pilot wings on 25 January 1985.  He retired from the active service with the U.S. Air Force in April 2011.

 
 

Debra Evans

 
 Debra Evans

Embark Credit Union 
1500 River Drive North
Great Falls, MT 59405

DebKEvans1@gmail.com
Term Expires: December 31, 2018


Debra K. Evans is the President/CEO of Great Falls Teachers Federal Credit Union.  

Evans, an Iowa native, has more than 30 years of experience with credit unions, banking and insurance.  She had a long career with Norwest Corporation in Omaha and Montana.  Evans graduated with a BSBA (Finance) from the University of Nebraska and also graduated from the Executive Development Program at Pacific Coast BankingSchoolat theUniversityofWashington.

Evans is active in the Great Falls community. She has served on the boards of United Way of Cascade County, the Great Falls Symphony Association, the University of Great Falls, and Great Falls Development Authority.  She volunteers with RSVP Commodity Food Program and is active in the Great Falls Chamber. In 2006, she received the Chamber’s Athena Leadership Award. Evans also serves on the College of Great Falls-MSU Dean’s Advisory Committee. 

 
 

Sean Hoven

 
 Sean Hoven

Hoven Equipment Company
(406) 727-7153

SeanHoven@hotmail.com
Term Expires: December 31, 2016


Sean Hoven was born in Louisiana and moved to Great Falls in 1978 with his parents.  He attended Great Falls High School and Montana State University.  In 1992 he moved to St. Paul MN to work for the 3M company as a product Engineer.  He stayed in MN for 12 years, where he met his lovely wife Andrea.  In 2004 Sean and Andrea moved back to Great Falls to work with his family at Hoven Equipment Company, an agricultural equipment dealership.  Sean and  Andrea, have 3 wonderful children: Lawrence, Olivia, and Henry.

 
 

Dan Rooney

 

 Dan Rooney  

1900 Great Bear Ave. 
Great Falls, MT 59404
(406) 315-3781

Dan.Rooney@adfgroup.com
Term Expires: December 31, 2018


 
 

Richard Swenson

 

 Richard Swenson

Swensen & Company
825 Central Ave. W
Great Falls, MT 59404
(406) 761-8852

Term Expires: December 31, 2017



Brad Talcott

 
 Brad Talcott

James Talcott Construction, Inc. 
PO Box 2493
Great Falls, MT 59403
(406) 761-0018

Term Expires: December 31, 2017

Great Falls native Brad Talcott grew up in the construction industry.  For nearly 30 years he has been president of James Talcott Construction, a company started by his grandfather and continued by his father.  Brad is also a property developer and is currently developing West Bank One, which features a hotel, brewery, pub and coffee shop, along with an upscale Asian-fusion restaurant.  Office space is also planned for the area.  Brad is an instrument-rated pilot who has been flying for more than 25 years.
 
 

Airport Director, John Faulkner

Airport Director

John Faulkner has over sixteen years of progressively responsible airport experience. As Airport Director since June of 2010, John is responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the Great Falls International Airport. John is also an active member of the American Association of Airport Executives and has served on the organization’s national Finance Committee since 2003. He also completed the organization’s Accredited Airport Executive Program (A.A.E.) in 2005.

Prior to joining the Great Falls International Airport, John served as the Assistant Aviation Director for Planning and Development at the Colorado Springs Airport. John oversaw all planning, environmental, construction and leasing at the Airport. During the four years that John held this position, he oversaw approximately $150 million in capital project construction and he completed negotiation of the first two projects in the Airport Business Park, resulting in over 200,000 square feet of Class A office space.

John served over six years as the Manager of Aviation Business Development at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Among other responsibilities, he oversaw the airport’s air cargo line of business and led this business segment to record international freight volumes. John negotiated new lease and concession agreements that generated over $3 million in annual revenue. He also negotiated property acquisitions totaling approximately $20 million.

From 1994 to 1999, Faulkner served as an airport consultant with PB Aviation and Landrum & Brown. During his consulting career, Faulkner participated in the planning, financing and development of more than $1 billion in airport infrastructure projects.

John Faulkner is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with dual concentrations in Accounting and Finance.