Airport Advisory Committee

What We Do


The Eugene Airport Advisory committee develops recommendations for airport staff by providing an ongoing citizen perspective and review of airport capital improvement projects, environmental issues, airport finances, air service development and changes to airport administration policy. Members have an initial term of three years, and can be reappointed to up to three terms allowing a total of nine consecutive years of membership.

The AAC meetings are open to the public and occur on the third Wednesday of each month beginning at noon. Meetings are held at Airport Administration at 28855 Lockheed Drive, Eugene. Click here for latest meeting minutes.
     
     

Matt Hogan, Chair


Matt HoganMatt Hogan is a commercial real estate Principal Broker with CW Walker  & Associates, in Eugene.  Matt previously worked as a national salesman for Industrial  Finishes & Systems, and is serving as Executive Director for Lane County Youth for  Christ. In addition to YFC Matt currently serves on the Board for and is a graduate of  the Eugene/Springfield Leadership program, the President-Elect of The Oregon Club,  and many other committees. Matt is a lifelong Duck fan, and Eugene native. He holds  degrees in Business and French from the University of Oregon. Matt’s wife Amy is a  dental hygienist in a pediatric dentist office. They have two daughters. 
 
Matt specializes in the sales and leasing of large manufacturing sites, office, retail, corporate airplane hangars, as well as other special use properties. He has had extensive experience with SBA 504 financing packages. He has successfully closed many transactions up and down the I-5 corridor. Matt looks forward to helping you achieve your real estate goals and ambitions.
 

Linda Ackerman, Vice Chair


Linda AckermanLinda Ackerman is serving her third term on the Airport Advisory Committee. The airline industry has been part of Linda's life for a long time. She started out working in flight operations with Lufthansa German Airlines in Duesseldorf and Frankfurt, Germany. After moving from Germany to Oregon, Linda started her career as a corporate travel consultant. She retired in 2002, but is still involved in the travel industry as a volunteer travel consultant to the artists and executive staff of the Oregon Bach Festival.

John Tamulonis


John TamulonisJohn Tamulonis has been with the City of Springfield since 1985, and is now the Community Development Manager in the City Manager’s Office focusing on the City’s economic development and tourism activities. He staff’s the Springfield Urban Renewal Agency’s plans to redevelop the Glenwood and Downtown areas. He primarily assists firms with information on development issues, public sector incentives, and resources for business and job development. 

He has overseen the Springfield Museum and several federally funded housing programs for low- and moderate-income residents. John Tamulonis has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (University of Oregon, ‘79) and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (University of New Hampshire, ‘71). Since 1969, he has owned, managed, or operated several small private firms and managed activities in public agencies and nonprofits. 

Wally Anderson 


Wally AndersonWally Anderson, vice chairman, joined the US Air Force in 1967 and served four years. He spent four years working on jet engines for fighter and transport aircraft around the world. Wally received his private pilot license in 1974 and has owned certified and experimental aircraft. Presently he owns a 1938 Piper Cub and a RV 6A which he built. Wally serves on the Experimental Aircraft Association Homebuilt Aircraft Council in Oshkosh as one of four members advising the staff on matters of interest to the membership.

He started Synergy Air LLC six years ago with the primary focus of helping owners build their own aircraft. Wally was instrumental in starting EAA chapter 1457 here at the Eugene Airport two years ago and served as chapter president for almost two years. He is a volunteer Technical Councilor for EAA helping promote safety in aircraft construction of homebuilt aircraft and has also served on the Eugene Airport FlyFest steering committee.

Phil Groshong


GroshongPhil Groshong is a retired United Airlines Captain and former Air Force fighter/instructor pilot. He was the General Aviation and Tenant Relations Manager at Eugene Airport from March, 2005 to June, 2012. Phil is the proud owner/builder of a Lancair Legacy, a two-place high performance kit aircraft, and past Commander of Civil Air Patrol's Oregon Wing and Pacific Region.

Phil served previously on the Eugene Airport Advisory Committee and is a current member of the Lane Aviation Academy Advisory Committee as well as a member of Cascade Medical Team's Board of Directors. He is also President Elect of the Eugene Airport Rotary Club.

Phil is a Eugene native. He and his wife of 46 years, Margie, have three grown children and reside on a 20 acre farm near Crow. 
 

Andy Vobora


VoboraAndy joined Lane Transit District in 1983 as the Manager of Customer Service and in 1995 became the Director of Customer Services and Planning. He took more than 32 years of executive leadership experience and became the Vice President to Stakeholder Relations at Travel Lane County in February 2016.  In his new role he is responsible for membership, local media relations, and government relations.

Andy played football while attending the University of Oregon and graduated with BS in Business Management.  A four-year letterman he was selected to the PAC 10 All-American Team his senior year.
His long history of community involvement includes serving for the past 16 years on the local leadership council for the Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program and has served on SMART's State Board of Directors.  He is a Rotarian, volunteers of a variety of role in his church and regularly participates in chamber of commerce activities.
 

Randy Richichi


RandyRichichi_900x1350Randy Richichi is Vice-President and Private Banker with U.S. Bank's Private Client Group. Randy has established a range of expertise, from helping multi-million dollar businesses for the future, to working alongside personal clients to build a lasting legacy.  He knows that every client's needs are one-of-a-kind and he enjoys working to develop unique strategies for each of his clients.  Randy also has experience in commercial banking and management. 
Helping people grow is a big part of Randy's life outside the bank.  He serves as the Board President for the Boys & Girls club of Emerald Valley, and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement. Randy lives in Eugene with his wife and their daughter, and enjoys travelling, sports and music in his free time.
  

 
Vaden Francisco


Vaden FranciscoVaden Francisco is a business and estate planning attorney who deeply enjoys advocating for businesses, individuals, veterans, and those who simply need a friend to help them navigate their legal issues. His diverse background as a business manager and owner, legislative aide, and prosecuting attorney give him great insight into the varying needs of his clients. In particular, he is well versed in small business matters, including succession planning, wills and estates, and he knows how to ensure that companies are well protected in the marketplace.

A licensed helicopter pilot and aviation small business operator, Vaden also has a unique perspective on the aviation industry and all the regulations affecting those operations. And, as the son of an Army officer, he understands the personal commitments and professional regulations affecting our veterans. He is a passionate advocate for those who have served and will do all he can to ensure veterans receive their benefits and what is owed them for their service.

In 2001, Vaden went to work for Heli-Trade Corporation, an FAA Repair Station and Bell Helicopter Customer Service Facility. There he served in many capacities as he worked closely with his father, a retired Lt. Col. in the US Army and decorated Vietnam helicopter pilot. Vaden served as president of Heli-Trade until the company was sold in early 2012.

Before joining HLGR, Vaden also worked for the Missouri State Senate as a legislative aide, worked for the Lane County District Attorney as a deputy district attorney, and managed his own business law firm in Eugene. Suffice it to say, Vaden has seen legal challenges from many angles and is well positioned to help business owners and individuals with theirneeds.

Lindsay Wheatley


”LindsayLindsay Wheatley has been with Hilton Eugene in sales since 2011 and was recently promoted to Director of Revenue Management in the fall of 2015.

Her previous experience includes airport advertising concession sales for the Younger Agency and recruitment for Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. Lindsay has held past positions with the Leadership Eugene-Springfield Steering Committee, Relief Nursery Auxiliary Board and served as VP of Communications for a local Toastmasters group.

In her free time Lindsay enjoys co-leading a troop of Daisy Girl Scouts and spending time with her new baby girl and husband.