City Manager David Frasher announced today his selection of Glen Barentine of Texarkana, TX as airport manager for Hot Springs Memorial Field (HOT).
Barentine assumed the position of interim airport director on February 2, following the retirement of George Downie. Downie hired Barentine in 2002 as the airport’s operations manager, overseeing fuel operations, field and building maintenance, personnel management, marketing strategy development, performance measurement and assisting with airport development projects.
While at HOT, Barentine worked to help change the image and culture of the Fixed Based Operation (FBO), positioning it as a leader in specialized equipment, professionally trained personnel and outstanding customer service. He transitioned the airport from a partial commercial airport into a full FAA part 139 Commercial Airport, developing the Airport Certification Manual, Airport Emergency Plan, Wildlife Hazard Management Plan and all associated required training. He improved the Airport Operating Area (AOA) by removing wildlife attractions, reshaping terrain and improving the security fence. He continued full airport operations during large-scale special events such as the Balloon Rally and Aerospace Day. Barentine also upgraded fuel quality for airport customers and negotiated hangar leases.
Barentine has 27 years of experience in the aviation industry. Since 2009, as president of Airport Operations LLC, he has managed a website dedicated to the assistance of airports with a current membership of more than 1000 airport operators across the nation. Prior to his employment at HOT, Barentine served as assistant general manager of TAC Air in Shreveport, Louisiana and as avionics photo-sensor craftsman with the United States Air Force, where he was deployed around the world repairing avionic equipment and supervising production assignments. Barentine holds an associate degree in management from Park College in Ogden, Utah, an associate degree in avionics electronics from the College of the Air Force on Hill Air Force Base in Utah, and various airport training certifications.
“Glen did an outstanding job in the multiple interviews throughout the selection process,” said Frasher. “His knowledge, preparation and aptitude for professional growth in an airport administration set him apart among a competitive field. I’ve discussed with Glen important goals for the airport, and he is enthusiastic about pursuing them.”
Frasher’s goals for Barentine include:
1. Develop new airport master plan and aesthetic improvements
2. Runway extension
3. Economic development training
4. Develop long-term budget stability and financial growth for the airport
“I am very enthusiastic about my appointment as airport director,” Barentine said. “I want to thank Mr. Frasher and the city’s leaders for having faith in me to lead the airport to the next level. Also, I want to thank the amazing airport staff for all their hard work and dedication. I’m excited to continue developing Hot Springs Memorial Field into Arkansas’ premier airport.”
Barentine accepted a salary offer of $70,000 and will begin his position immediately.