The day-to-day operations of the airport are run by Executive Director, Tony Bean, and his administrative staff. The governing document is the Joint Operating Agreement for PUW.
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Originally from Montana, Tony Bean’s first experience with aviation was flying for the first time to attend Marine Corps Boot Camp in San Diego CA. Tony was assigned to an aviation specialty and served as a Ground Support Equipment Technician. In 1999 he moved into a new job as a Cryogenics Equipment Technician working with oxygen and nitrogen equipment for servicing various aircraft pneumatic and aviators breathing oxygen systems, leaving the service as a sergeant and instructor at Cherry Point, North Carolina in 2003.
Tony started his BS degree in Aviation Management with a focus on operating airports while still in the service. He interned at commercial service level airports in Jacksonville, North Carolina and Helena, Montana. Tony accepted a Lead Security Officer position with TSA from 2004-2006.
The public relations experience gained in this position served him well as he accepted the Manager position for the Yellowstone Airport with the State of Montana, Aeronautics Division from 2006 to 2011. Tony was able to increase enplanement numbers, revenue possibilities, and guide the airport through the new FAR Part 139 requirements. He successfully wrote and implemented a 2008 Small Community Airport Development grant to enhance awareness of the airport.
Tony assumed his current position in 2011 as the Executive Director of the Pullman Moscow Regional Airport. Traffic demand and increasingly larger aircraft are driving major changes. Tony is leading the airport though a $66 million runway realignment project currently in the Environmental process and due to be completed in 2018.
Tony is married to Tracie, they have 3 children. He holds a BS in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University and is pursuing an MBA at the University of Idaho. Tony is also a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.
Tony was named to Airport Business’ 2013 “Top 40 Under 40″ list!