Mayor Chris Beutler today announced his appointment of local businessman Nick Cusick to the Lincoln Airport Authority Board. He will replace Ed Raines who resigned from the position because he has moved away from Lincoln and no longer meets residency requirements. The appointment will go the City Council for confirmation.
Cusick is the co-founder and CEO of IMSCORP, a Lincoln-based holding company founded in 1974 that now includes three manufacturing subsidiaries. He has a masters' in business administration from UNL. His civic activities have included service on the boards of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, Junior Achievement, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the Bryan LGH Medical Center. The Mayor said Cusick has a proven record of success.
"It is a critical time for the Lincoln Airport Authority as they are in the process of implementing a development plan that includes the installation of infrastructure in an area generally north of the airport and west of Kawasaki," Mayor Beutler said. "Part of this plan includes a conditional grant award from the State of Nebraska to fund the project. To keep the momentum moving forward, I am expediting the process relating to the appointment of a new board member."
The five-member Airport Authority Board is the policy-making body for the airport and the Air Park industrial park. Members serve six-year terms on the unpaid board. Cusick would fill the remainder of Raines' term which ends in May 2013.
Cusick thanked the Mayor for his confidence and Raines for his service on the board.
"The entire aviation and commercial property that the federal government deeded to the Authority n 1968 is an important community asset, and it is critical that its potential is maximized for the benefit of all Lincolnites," Cusick said. "Over the next couple of months I will work with Executive Director John Wood and other board members to get up to speed on issues facing the Authority so that I can become a contributing member of the board. I look forward to a bright future for the Lincoln Airport Authority."