Garver Appoints New Director of Aviation, Creates Business Development Position

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Based in North Little Rock Garver engineering company named Frank McIllwain as director of aviation and Mike Griffin as director of aviation development, which is a new role, according to a press release on Tuesday, January 18.

Griffin led Garver Aviation for more than two decades and will transition into this new role, pursuing further market growth and continuing to play a role in directing the company’s future business development.

McIllwain has been with Garver for 23 years and has been involved in over $500 million in airport improvement projects at over 60 airports including Dallas Love Field, Dallas Fort Worth International, Bill and Hillary Clinton National, Tulsa International, Dallas Executive and Fort Worth. Meachham International.

“For more than 60 years, our aviation team has been the cornerstone of Garver’s business,” said President and CEO Brock Hoskins. “Frank has played an important role in laying the foundation for growth over his career – and we are delighted that he now has the chance to guide Garver’s trajectory going forward.”

The new $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Act is expected to provide more opportunities for aviation infrastructure projects, as it will allocate $25 billion in additional spending to airports, including $15 billion in formula grants , $5 billion for a new airport terminal program and $5 billion for facilities and equipment, the release shows.

“Since joining Garver as an intern, I’ve seen Garver Aviation take off positively,” McIllwain said. “Now, at a time when growth opportunities in this industry are unprecedented, I am honored to lead our industry into the future – and to further strengthen Garver’s status as a trusted advisor to our customers. .”

McIllwain is a licensed, instrument-rated pilot and incorporates a pilot’s perspective into his projects, according to the statement. McIllwain is from Russellville and graduated from the University of Arkansas. He will oversee a team of engineers in 34 offices across 13 states and will remain based out of his office in Frisco, Texas.

The employee-owned engineering, planning, architectural and environmental services company has nearly 900 employees across the United States.

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