ADK Consulting In Hunt for Chief Development Officer

March 27, 2017 – ADK Consulting & Executive Search has been retained by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority to lead its search for a chief development officer (CDO). This position offers a compensation package in the range of $190,000 to $220,000, with an attractive range of benefits, including a deferred compensation plan and participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

The incoming CDO leader will provide professional oversight and execution of a significant number of functions, including planning, engineering, and airport development, including all large scale construction programs. In addition, the CDO will identify and communicate impacts to programs and operations, including safety and security as well as the passenger experience, airport finances, airlines, and concession operations. The position reports directly to the CEO.

The position requires an individual with 15 years of work experience in large scale development, commercial real estate, or planning and construction. Ten years of management and oversight experience is also required. All candidates must have exemplary negotiation skills, the ability to handle confidential information with discretion, a proven ability to balance strategy and tactics of day-to-day operations, and excellent financial management and analytical skills.

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority supports nearly 40,000 jobs, generates more than $1.3 billion in total annual payroll and provides for more than $4.6 billion in total annual economic output.


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Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Atlantic Beach, FL, ADK Consulting & Executive Search specializes exclusively in talent searches for the airport management community. The firm has filled a number of important roles, including recruiting Carl Newman as chief executive officer of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Kelly Fredericks as president and CEO at TF Green Airport in Rhode Island, David Haring as executive director of the Lincoln Airport, and Michael La Pier as executive director of the Monterey Peninsula Airport.

ADK is led by founder and president Doug Kuelpamn, who has a career background of over 40 years in aviation. According to clients and candidates, he understands firsthand the issues and challenges that airport executives face as well as the requirements and experience necessary for executive level airport personnel.

Chief Development Officer Recruiting

According to recruiters, chief development officers are in high demand as fundraising prowess and having an ability to drive growth is becoming an essential part of the skills required of nearly every competitive organization today. A recent search on LinkedIn of the title generated more than 140,000 results.

No industry is immune to the need for top drawer chief development officers, and all CDOs are ultimately responsible for some heavy lifting when it comes to planning, coordinating and administering capital campaigns, corporate giving and galvanizing new donors while keeping old funders content. Implementing funding strategies that “keep the lights on” is, according to recruiters specializing in the function, job one.

Hunt Scanlon Media has tracked a number of CDO search assignments in recent months that are underway or have been recently completed. Here’s a sampling of just a few taken from the company’s daily newswire archives:

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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