Amarillo, TX – AMARILLO, TX – Following a four-month, nationwide search, the City of Amarillo has announced that Sara A. Freese will become the new Director of Aviation. She begins her new position Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
In that role, Freese will plan, organize and direct all airport administration, management and operations associated with AMA, reporting directly to the City Manager’s office. Additionally, she will be responsible for directing airport operations and maintenance of buildings, grounds, runways, taxiways, machinery and vehicles.
Freese has more than 14 years of experience in the airport industry and has worked in all facets of aviation including airlines, Fixed Based Operators (FBO), private airports and firefighting.
In Freese’s most recent position, she served as the Director of Operations at The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was responsible for more than $25 million in airside and landside capital improvement projects each year and coordinated a multi-year construction and planning program.
“We are excited to have Sara join our organization,” says Amarillo Deputy City Manager Vicki Covey. “Her experience and enthusiasm will take Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport into the future.”
Freese holds a B.S. in Aviation Management from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri, a Master of Science in Aviation Safety from the same institution and an MBA from Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa. She is currently completing work to attain her Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification.
“I’m honored to be selected to lead the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport,” Freese says. “The airport is a vital link to the region. I’m excited to partner with the community, tenants and the talented staff to provide great customer service to our customers and the community.”
Freese is a Past President of the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives, has served on the AAAE Board of Examiners and is a private pilot. She fills a position vacated by Patrick Rhodes, who retired in December.