Ontario International Airport’s governing board recently agreed to use an influx of cash to add employees, a move aimed at promoting the facility’s continued growth.
Revenues were $2.4 million higher than expected during the first five months of the airport’s budget, according to Mark Thorpe, CEO of the Ontario International Airport Authority.
Thorpe recommended using a portion of that money to add four employees.
“We have the ability to bring these positions to the budget because some of these were on the organizational chart that was approved last fall,” he told commissioners during its meeting in January.
In that time, the authority “realized that we need some different and new positions,” he said.
Those positions include a planning director, a social media manager, an administrative assistant and a graphic designer.
The planning director position was requested by the FAA, Thorpe said, to handle regulatory issues at Ontario, among other duties.
The social media manager and graphic designer will report to the new senior director of marketing, Atif Elkadi. The scope of work will be related to marketing, advertising, public relations, community engagement and information technology.
“Those were two positions that we assessed and determined would be less expensive if we had them in-house rather than contract out those services,” Thorpe told the commission.
Thorpe told them it would be key to have a social media manager who could keep a close watch on the airport’s accounts on various platforms.
“We know the importance of carefully managing our social media presence and image as well,” he said.
Lastly, the commission added an administrative position to support staff.
Prior to the vote, Commissioner Curt Hagman wasn’t sure if the graphic designer was necessary or meant to augment the work already being done by several consultants.