Minutes from April 18, 2017 Open Board Meeting-Kelly Fredericks, ONT Airport

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 Open Board of Directors Meeting

 3200 Inland Empire Boulevard, First Floor
Ontario, California



Present: Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Ann Bryan, Mike Burrows, Ken Coate, Kevin Dyerly, Louis Goodwin, Otis Greer, Scott Hofferber, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Pam Langford, P.T. McEwen, Dan Murphy, Roman Nava, Vikki Osterman, Michael Rivera, Khalil Saba, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, and Hassan Webb.

Guests:  Dennis Cota, Richard Egger, Rita Clemons, Nick Grooters, Jeffrey Hackbarth, Peggi Hazlett, Erik Hernandez, Jonathan Kendrick, Frank Reyes, Dan Roberts, Marco Robles, and Jennifer Shaw.

Announcements: 1) Members were asked to submit their forms for participation in the Sacramento trip on May 16 and optional May 15 participation.  Louis Goodwin announced that Committee Sacramento issue papers are due on May 2.

M/S/P: Minutes from April 11, 2017.

Mike Burrows introduced Kelly Fredericks, CEO of Ontario International Airport Authority. Kelly Fredericks stated that the ownership of Ontario International Airport was now formally transfered to the Ontario International Airport Authority.  The Authority is a joint powers authority formed by the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino.  The Authority is composed of Supervisor Curt Hagman representing the County, Alan Wapner and Jim Bowman representing the City, and Ron Loveridge and Lucy Dunn representing the business community.  The Authority and Los Angeles Airport are now completing the transfer of employees, about 200 of whom worked at the airport under Los Angeles Airport.  The Authority will have about 75-80 employees, and other services will be performed by contract.

The airport has a budget of approximately $60m and is composed of approximately 750 acres. The capacity of the airport is approved for 10m annual passengers.  The Authority has initiated new amenities at the airport, such as food and valet services.  Their goal is to make the airport the airport of choice, promoting the ease of use and convenience.

The airport strategic business plan is to improve customer service, develop business related uses on the property, and expand the customer service area. Today the airport has the highest customer service rating of all California airports as measured by J. D. Powers.   The airport is establishing a California Welcome Center at the facility, which will be the only one in the State located in an airport.  It is preparing a master plan for development, which should answer many questions about future use at the facility.

The Authority is now selecting firms to perform both internal and external marketing services. The airport is developing a business case for airlines to come to ONT, analysis that had previously been done by the airlines themselves.  Attracting new service is a major goal, with their top priority being the return of Jet Blue to the airport.  The Authority is asking Inland Action to nominate people for its Business and Economic Development Council.

A Q & A period followed.
The meeting adjourned at 8:33 a.m.