Health care exec lands seat on airport board


Steven Heacock. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A familiar name in Kent County government will now be part of the county airport board.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners and the Kent County Department of Aeronautics said this morning that Steve Heacock has been appointed to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board, a seven-person group responsible for general oversight of the airport.

Airport board terms are for three years.

Heacock, a Grand Rapids resident, is an attorney and a CPA. He is currently employed as senior vice president of public affairs for Spectrum Health.

From 2004 until 2010, he was chief administrative officer, general counsel and board secretary of the Van Andel Institute.

Heacock replaces Terri Lynn Land, who left the airport board in December.

“Steve comes to the aeronautics board with some great qualifications,” said Dan Koorndyk, chairman of county board. He cited Heacock’s “phenomenal job as chairman of the Convention and Arena Authority,” which owns and operates Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place.

He also served six years on the Kent County Board of Commissioners, two of them as chairman. He will be a member of the aeronautics board’s Finance & Legislative Committee.

The airport board includes three Kent County commissioners, three Kent County residents and one person from another West Michigan county.

About 2 million people use the Gerald R. Ford International Airport every year.

Heacock brings a variety of past experience to the board: chief legal and administrative officer for IdeaSphere, a development stage health products company; vice president of development for Priority Health; partner at law firm Warner Norcross & Judd; and CPA with Price Waterhouse.

He is a Gaylord native and a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University.

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