Airport Authority

The Evansville Vanderburgh Airport Authority District (EVAAD) is a separate governmental unit, and has a board of directors comprised of five members who serve without compensation. There are three board members who are appointed by the Mayor and two who are appointed by the County Commissioners. The board members’ three year terms are staggered in order to maintain continuity. The Airport Authority’s budget is approved annually by the County Council, and financial statements are audited annually by the state board of accounts.

In addition to the airport, the authority owns and operates Thunderbolt Pass Golf Course, which has since undergone a series of improvements, including improved cart paths and greens, and a newly installed irrigation system and new golf carts.

The Airport Authority also leases several properties around the airport – most are ground leases and include but are not limited to Tri-State Aero, the Berry Plastics Warehouse, Raben Tire, Sheriff Command Post and the Airport Hampton Inn. Additionally, some airport authority property both on the airfield and off is leased for farming.

These other sources of revenue enable the issue of lower rates and charges to the airlines, and in total, the mixed use creates more than 500 jobs on airport authority property. According to the Aviation Association of Indiana’s 2012 Survey, the economic Impact of Evansville Regional Airport is over $900 million annually.

Airport Authority Board of Directors

J.P. Engelbrecht, President – Board appointment 2015
J.P. is the CEO of South Central Communications, Inc., a family-owned holding company, making investments in middle market companies. He attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, where he received a degree in Management. In addition to serving as Vice-President of the airport authority board, he is a Director for Evansville Commerce Bank. J.P. previously has served as chair for the International Planned Music Association and Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana. Additionally, J.P. is actively involved in St. Meinrad School of Theology, the Evansville Regional Business Committee and Young Professionals Organization (YPO).

Rick Kaskel, Vice-President – Board appointment 2008
Rick is the current President of EnCom Inc. He attended Bowling Green State University in 1981, where he received a degree in Chemistry and Finance. In addition to serving as President of the airport authority board, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the EVV Pilots Club, and he is a member of Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Additionally, Rick was the originating member of the Freedom Heritage Museum, and he has also served as past Chairman of the Evansville Freedom Festival and Shrinersfest Airshows from 2012-2015. He is involved with the flight team at Purdue University, and he serves as a judge for national flight team competitions. Rick has been flying as a pilot since 1975, and holds advanced flying ratings - he owns and regularly flies corporate and General Aviation (GA) aircraft, including a 1942 Republic Seabee.

E.O. “Pete” Popham, Jr., Secretary – Board appointment 2007
Pete is President of Popham Construction Co., which formed in 1978. He attended Indiana University, and upon graduation, Pete was a high school history teacher in the Indiana Public School system. Additionally, Pete is a private pilot.

Doug Joest, Treasurer – Board appointment 2016

Alan Leibundguth, – Board appointment 2015
Alan is currently self-employed in the oil and gas exploration industry as a registered Landman, Associate Member of the American Association of Professional Landmen and a member of the Indiana Oil and Gas Association and Illinois Oil and Gas Association. He is a graduate of University of Evansville with a Bachelor’s Degree in biology and chemistry, and he received a master's degree in business administration from Oklahoma City University with emphasis on Marketing and Business. Alan is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, completing six years in the Air Training Command as a flight line Instructor Pilot and Academic Instructor. His military service also included five years in the Tactical Air Command, where he served in Germany as a Senior Pilot in the F-4E.

Gretchen Muchnick – Board appointment 2016
Gretchen Muchnick serves as the vice president of Marketing at F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors, where she’s worked since 2006, and oversees the company’s marketing and branding efforts, marketing tools for real estate agents and the company’s Information Technology department. Prior to F.C. Tucker, Muchnick began her career with The Proctor & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.

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