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Farmer named Chief Operations Officer at Asheville Regional Airport

Farmer currently serves as the Airport Operations Director for Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo submitted.

Asheville – In a move that has garnered significant attention in aviation circles, Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) announced the appointment of Ms. Alexandra “Lexie” Farmer, C.M., A.C.E., as the organization’s new Chief Operations Officer (COO). The decision, made following a national search in preparation for the retirement of current COO Michael Reisman in June 2024, marks a significant shift for the airport authority.

Currently serving as Airport Operations Director at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, North Carolina, Farmer leads a robust team of 10 groups with over 300 employees and an operational budget of more than $70 million annually. Her role at CLT involves devising strategic operations aimed at developing a division that oversees a comprehensive operational plan covering key elements such as finance, performance, business management, project coordination, governance, and procedural standardization.

With a wealth of experience spanning two decades in airport leadership roles, Farmer has played a pivotal role in driving operational initiatives that align with the missions of the airports she has served. Armed with a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, she boasts impressive academic credentials. Additionally, Farmer holds certifications as a Certified Member of the American Association of Airports Executives (A.A.A.E.), an Airport Certified Employee (A.C.E.), and an Airport Security Coordinator (A.S.C.).

In response to her new role, Farmer expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “I am so excited to join the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority and be part of a team that is dedicated to meeting current demands while planning for the airport’s future growth in Asheville.”

Lew Bleiweis, President and CEO of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority, praised Farmer’s appointment, noting, “Lexie rose to the top of a strong field of candidates from around the nation. Her passion for the airport industry, coupled with her extensive experience leading operational initiatives at large airports, will be a valuable asset to the senior management team at AVL. We are eager to officially welcome her in May.”

The introduction of Farmer as AVL’s new COO promises to usher in a new era of strategic leadership at the regional airport authority, setting the stage for transformative initiatives and innovative approaches under her guidance. Get ready to see AVL soar to new heights under Lexie’s direction.