The Capital Region Airport Authority (CRAA) announced today that it has named Wayne G. Sieloff, a longtime leader with the Wayne County Airport Authority, its new chief executive officer.
Sieloff, who will begin his new position on Dec. 5, succeeds Robert F. Selig, who retired in August after 14 years at the helm of CRAA.
“We’re delighted to welcome someone of Wayne Sieloff’s caliber to Lansing,” said CRAA Chairman Chris Holman. “He has a clear vision for building on Capital Region International Airport’s assets and ensuring it serves the Greater Lansing community to its fullest capabilities.”
Sieloff has served as vice president since 2012 for the Wayne County Airport Authority, which operates the Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports. In that position, he was part of the senior leadership team that identifies and develops strategic plans, business plans, annual operational goals and capital initiatives for the two airport campuses, which combined have more than 600 employees, 8,500 acres of land and operating budgets totaling over $300 million.
In his new job, Sieloff will oversee all operations of Capital Region International Airport (LAN), including the Port Lansing logistics and cargo services. The Lansing airport employs 38 workers and operates with an annual $13 million budget.
“I’m excited about joining the Capital Region International Airport family. These are amazing times for the Lansing area, and I look forward to building on the momentum that recent airport successes have created,” said Sieloff, citing this summer’s addition of direct American Airlines flights between LAN and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport; an Apple Vacations winter getaway schedule that includes 90 flights to three topical destinations, versus 17 to a single locale in 2015-16; and a record 48.5 million pounds of cargo handled at Port Lansing in 2015.
Sieloff said his initial plans include meeting with Greater Lansing residents, leaders and airport stakeholders to gather ideas on how the airport can best meet the community’s needs.
“My primary focus is going to be on building and strengthening relationships,” he said. “I want LAN to always be the airport of choice within the region, and I aim to discover in my discussions with community members the ways we can better serve them and increase airport utilization.”
Sieloff holds bachelors and master’s degrees in architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield.
He worked in the private sector architectural industry until 1997, when he joined Wayne County as a project architect. He held increasingly responsible positions for Wayne County and its airport authority before joining Lansing.
In addition to his professional service, Sieloff also is active in the community, having served in several appointed and elected positions, including mayor of Trenton and president of the Trenton Public Schools Board of Education.
Sieloff and his wife, Lori, have three children ages 11 through 17.
SOURCE: Press Release