Airport board adds new member

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Peter Buekema Courtesy Gerald R. Ford International Airport

The Kent County Board of Commissioners appointed Peter Beukema to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport board to fill a vacant term that expires December 2020.

“I am thrilled to join the Gerald R. Ford International Airport board,” Beukema said. “The travel and tourism industry is in a unique place right now with COVID-19, but I am hoping I can offer my knowledge, skills and experience to get us back to the record-breaking airport we were just a few weeks ago.”

He joins the seven-member body that is responsible for general oversight of the Ford airport. Beukema will serve as a citizen member representing Ottawa County. The Airport board also includes two Kent County commissioners and four Kent County citizens.

“Peter is a wonderful addition to our Airport board,” said Dan Koorndyk, chairman of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board. “His experience in the hospitality industry and his knowledge of West Michigan is a great combination that will offer tremendous insight into our operations. We look forward to having Peter join us.”

In addition to being a member of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport board, Beukema is the chief executive officer and partner for Suburban Inns, a family-owned and operated hotel and restaurant management and development company.

He also serves on the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) board of directors, and he is the vice chair of the Government Affairs and Political Action Committee.

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