New airport CEO, Kelly J. Fredericks, to deliver keynote address at Claremont conference

Recently named CEO of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), Kelly J. Fredericks, will be the keynote speaker at a conference hosted by the Inland Empire Center at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) on Friday, March 4, 2016. This will be one of the first opportunities for area leaders to meet Mr. Fredericks when he joins OIAA in March.  Mr. Fredericks brings 33 years of aviation related industry experience to Ontario, most recently as the CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.

In addition to the talk by Mr. Fredericks, the program will feature two panel discussions.  The first panel, moderated by Ontario Councilmember and OIAA President Alan Wapner, will focus on airport operations.  The second panel, moderated by former Riverside Mayor, U.C. Riverside professor, and OIAA Board member Ron Loveridge, will address economic development issues surrounding the airport.  The panels will include leaders from academia and industry, including  Bruce Atlas from Southwest Airlines, David Bonner from UPS, Jan Brueckner from U.C. Irvine, Steve Lambert from the 20/20 Network and Ontario Airport Alliance, and Mike Wolfe from Lee & Associates.

This conference is sponsored by the City of Ontario (Silver) and the County of Riverside EDA (Bronze).

Tickets are $50 per person. Space is limited. To register and for additional information, please visit, , or phone 909-607-7265. A select number of media and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Marionette Moore at 909-607-7265.

What:  Envisioning a New Ontario Airport, A Conference on the Future of Ontario Airport Under Local Control
When:  Friday, March 4, 2016, 8:30-11:30am
Where:  1021 North Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont, CA

Conference schedule

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Andrew Busch, Co-Director of the Inland Empire Center, Claremont McKenna College

9:10 - 9:30 a.m.
Kelly J. Fredericks, OIAA

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Airport Operations Panel
Alan Wapner, OIAA; Ontario City Council, moderator
Bruce Atlas, Southwest Airlines Ontario Airport Station Leader
David Bonner, UPS Southwest Gateway Manager

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Economic Development Panel
Ron Loveridge, OIAA, University of California Riverside, moderator
Jan Brueckner, University of California Irvine
Steve Lambert, The 20/20 Network; Ontario Airport Alliance
Mike Wolfe, Lee & Associates

11:30 a.m.
Closing Remarks
Andrew Busch, Claremont McKenna College


About the Inland Empire Center
The Inland Empire Center for Economics and Public Policy is based at Claremont McKenna College.  It was founded as a joint venture between the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the Lowe Institute of Political Economy to provide business and government leaders with timely and sophisticated analysis of political and economic developments in the Inland Empire.

About Claremont McKenna College
Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college with a unique real world mission.  As a member of The Claremont Colleges, CMC’s dynamic programs and eminent teacher-scholars develop students into leaders in the private, public, and social sectors. Located on a beautiful residential campus east of Los Angeles, the College offers generous scholarship and financial aid, and rigorous, broad academic training in the social sciences, sciences, and the humanities, with a widely recognized expertise in economics and government. The college achieves its distinctive mission of producing responsible leaders by providing a community ethos that is committed to collaboration and the free exchange of ideas, nationally recognized athletic programs, and rich opportunities for advanced research, real world experience, and internships through student-led enterprises and 11 research institutes.