Airport Authority Board

The Board members of the DeKalb County Airport Authority are appointed by the DeKalb County Commissioners and serve a 4 year term with no term limits.  Appointments are staggered so that not more than 2 new Board members would begin their term at the same time.

john-chalmersAirport Authority Board President, John Chalmers

John graduated from the University of Toledo with a BS in electrical engineering and Bowling Green State University with an MBA.  He was a registered professional engineer, an AQS Certified Quality Engineer,and an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer. He was also a certified ISO-9000 lead auditor. John is currently retired.  During his career he worked in engineering, engineering management, and quality management positions.

Some of his current involvements include: president of the DeKalb Outdoor Theater board; member of the DeKalb County Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee; member of the Auburn Community Band; board member of the DeKalb County Airport Authority; board member of the United Way of DeKalb County; and member of the Northeastern Indiana Amateur Radio Club. John and his wife Cheryl reside in Auburn.  They have three children and 11 grandchildren.

john-harrisAirport Authority Vice President, John Harris

John Harris graduated from high school in Cambridge City Indiana.  John started his career as a farmer in his hometown immediately after graduation.  During the same period,  he started his career at Dana Distribution in Hagerstown Indiana.  He started as an order filler, eventually moving into time-study and ultimately a management role.  John left Hagerstown, moving his family to Churubusco, still with the Dana Distribution as a Packaging Superintendent.  He ended his 33 year career as Plant Manager in Churubusco.  His background includes city and community economic development and junior achievement.  He currently is active with  the Cedar Creek Church of Christ.  Before beginning his appointment on the Board, John served as the Community Relations Coordinator for the Airport for many years.  John has been married for 48 years and has two children and 5 grandchildren.

jess-myersAirport Authority Secretary, Jess Myers

Jess graduated from Heritage High School (Monroeville Indiana) in 1974. Jess studied 2 years at Ball State University, and 1 year at IPFW before hiring in at Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne in June of 1976 where he has been employed for 38 years. At Dana Corporation he has been involved in negotiating 5 of their labor contracts as a member of United Steel Workers Union. Jess also served 10 years on the Auburn City Park Board, 10 years on the Auburn City Plan Commission, and 2 years as a Girls Volleyball Coach at DeKalb High School. His hobbies include any University of Tennessee sports, and Golf. Jess has been married to his wife Brenda for 33 years and they reside in Auburn Indiana.  They have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.

brad-hartzAirport Authority Member, Brad Hartz

Brad graduated with honors from Indiana Wesleyan University receiving a BS in Business Administration.  He has completed numerous professional and technical certifications throughout his career.  Brad has worked with industry leading companies such as OmniSource Corporation and Heritage Food Service Group.  He is currently an EVP for Brigadoon Financial, a holding company for Hotel Fitness, SCADATA, CNG Fuel Inc., and other financial and real estate interests.

Brad is a private pilot, aircraft owner, aviation merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of EAA, EAA Vintage Aircraft Association, AOPA, and the Aviation Association of Indiana.  Brad and his wife Julie reside in DeKalb County and have three children.

Airport Authority Member, Jerry Korchyk

Jerry Korchyk graduated from Northrop High School in Fort Wayne Indiana in 1980 and studied Computer Science at IPFW before entering into a newly formed family owned business, Sowles Bay Marina, near Angola.  Jerry began his career in sales, moved into mechanical repair and became a certified Mercury Outboard and MerCruiser sterndrive service technician, eventually advancing to Service Manager and then Business Operations Manager. For the past 18 years, Jerry has held a rewarding career in Information Technology at Tempus Technologies in Auburn, Indiana, where he is responsible for Data Center Operations and Maintenance. In his free time, Jerry is serving his 9th year as treasurer on the board of the Auburn Area Kiwanis Club. He is also serving his 17th year on the board of Cedar Lake Church of the Brethren as Steward and treasurer.  His hobbies include home maintenance, theater tech, travel, and golf.  Jerry and his wife, Susan, have been married for 22 years. They live in Auburn Indiana and they have two daughters.