May 15, 2024

From the XD’s Desk: Tim Rogers set to retire in July — 39 years with Salina Airport Authority

Posted May 15, 2024 4:25 PM
Salina Airport Authority Executive Director Tim Rogers addresses the first class to graduate from the Aviation Innovation and Maintenance Center of Excellence, or AIM. <b>Photo by Olivia Bergmeier</b>
Salina Airport Authority Executive Director Tim Rogers addresses the first class to graduate from the Aviation Innovation and Maintenance Center of Excellence, or AIM. Photo by Olivia Bergmeier

By TIM ROGERS
Salina Airport Authority Executive Director
May Reporting Points

Wow! The headline even surprises me. I’ve had the pleasure and honor to serve as executive director for the Salina Airport Authority since January 1985.

Over the years 61 of Salina’s best civic and business leaders have served on the Airport Authority board of directors. Those men and women have inspired me to achieve the Airport Authority’s funding goal to “replace jobs and payroll lost” with the closure of the former Schilling Air Force Base in 1965.

Since base closure, the Airport Authority’s vision and mission has matured to “chart the course for global success and be a trusted leader propelling economic growth for aerospace business, industry, and military by strengthening partnerships.” Forward thinking board members have provided the guidance and resources for success. I’m grateful for their trust and confidence in me over the years.

A staff of dedicated and skilled Airport Authority employees have executed the Airport Authority’s vision and mission to build a dynamic and modern Airport and Airport Industrial Center that drives community economic growth. If there is a behind-the-scenes secret to the Airport Authority’s success it is a staff second to none. I have been most fortunate to work with staff members that excel at their jobs.

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Long standing partnerships with the City of Salina, Saline County, the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, the Salina Community Economic Development Organization, K-State Salina, Salina Area Technical College, and Kansas Wesleyan University, the State of Kansas and federal agencies have enabled the Airport Authority to achieve goals that benefit residents of Salina, Saline County, and North Central Kansas. Collaboration among government agencies, civic organizations and community leaders is a cornerstone to the Salina community's enduring success.

I have been fortunate to work with board members, staff members and community partners that have shared a common vision for achievement and success. A former board member referred to the Salina Airport and Airport Industrial Center as a “diamond in the rough.”

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the Salina Airport Authority’s executive director. I believe that the “diamond in the rough” is shining a bit brighter.

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill 

Tim Rogers retirement celebration

The Salina Airport Authority invites the public to congratulate Tim Rogers on his retirement on Thursday, June 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Salina Regional Airport, Hangar H600, 2720 Arnold Ct., Salina, Kansas

RSVP to [email protected]