Later today, I plan to introduce Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge as the new director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. You will all learn a great deal more about her then. She’s had more than two decades of broad experience in the airline industry — as a corporate officer, senior manager, supervisor, and line agent — in good times and in challenges ones. A veteran of TWA, she has most recently been the managing director of American Airlines’ operation in St. Louis — and an involved participant in a range of civic enterprises.
What I wanted to mention before you meet her is how extraordinary the process of selecting Rhonda was. When her name emerged, I asked County Executive Charlie Dooley and his staff; Civic Progress; the Regional Business Council; retiring airport director Dick Hrabko; and the leadership of organized labor here to conduct “vigorous” interviews with Rhonda. I wanted to ensure that Lambert, its new director, its biggest customers, its landlord, and its workforce were all on the same page on the first day she came to work.