Tuesday, January 17, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind — Tuesday, January 17, 2012, South Bend, IN: John C. Schalliol, A.A.E., P.E., the visionary who has guided the growth and development of the South Bend Airport for the past 31 years will retire as the Airport’s Executive Director on February 29, 2012.
A 1964 graduate of the Purdue University School of Civil Engineering, John joined the South Bend consulting firm of Clyde E. Williams & Associates, Inc. in 1968 following a four-year tour of duty with the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. He served as head of the firm’s Airport Design Section until 1977 during which time he was registered as a Professional Engineer.
John began his career with the St. Joseph County Airport Authority in 1977 as the Airport Engineer and took the helm as Executive Director in 1981. During his tenure, John has managed more than $85 million in capital improvements and $20 million in land acquisitions. He was instrumental in attracting Piedmont Airlines and Allegiant Air to South Bend, both helping to lower airfares, and aided in bringing the South Shore Railroad onto Airport property, thereby creating a multi-modal transportation hub for the region that is unique in the nation. His continued efforts have positioned the Airport to serve as the transportation portal for the Michiana region well into the future.
John has been active at the area, state and national levels in the aviation industry and served as a Board Member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) from 1992 to 2000. Because of his strong leadership, John received the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from AAAE in 2000, served as President of the AAAE Great Lakes Chapter, and as President of the Aviation Association of Indiana, being recognized as that organization’s “Man of the Year” in 1984.
He was a Board Member of Project Future, the economic development arm of St. Joseph County; is President of the Industrial Foundation of South Bend, Inc.; is a member of the St. Joseph County Hotel-Motel Tax Board; and, received the Ideal Baldoni Distinguished Service Award in 2006. He was named a “Distinguished Alumni” of the Purdue School of Civil Engineering in 1994 and currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Purdue School of Aviation Technology. He is also currently serving on a project panel as part of the Aviation Cooperative Research Program under the National Transportation Research Board. With all this, John still considers his most satisfying public service role was as the Transportation Chairman for the International Summer Special Olympics held in South Bend in August, 1987.
John is married to Gale, a Purdue graduate and the “pilot” in the family, who is a retired Social Worker with the School City of Mishawaka. Their older son, Bill, is also a Purdue graduate who serves as an Economic Development Specialist for the City of South Bend and also attends the Valparaiso University Law School, while his brother, Charley, a St. Joseph College graduate, is a Zoning Specialist for North American Signs. In retirement, John and Gale plan to enjoy spending time with their family, especially the grandchildren, and doing some traveling and John also plans to continue his woodworking hobby.
“Following John’s decades of steady leadership with the St. Joseph County Airport Authority we will be forever imprinted by his dedication and service to the community, the airport and the aviation industry,” states Authority Board President David Sage.
The Board formed a committee to work with an aviation industry executive search firm to conduct a search for John’s successor. That successor will be announced later this month.
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