Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is led by a dedicated group of professionals that are committed to providing the highest level of passenger experience they possibly can. See the individual bios of our senior leadership team below.
Robert W. Kennedy, A.A.E, IAP
Robert joined the City of Cleveland as Director of Port Control in January 2017. In this capacity he provides leadership and oversight for two airport assets: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL) and the Division of Harbors: including the city’s North Coast Harbor. CLE is the United States’ 45th largest airport welcoming 8.4 million guests in 2016 and BKL is the regions' preeminent general aviation gateway located in downtown Cleveland. As Director of Port Control, duties include leading the more than 375 airport staff in the execution of airside, landside, customer service, security, maintenance, finance, commercial development, and physical infrastructure development functions to accommodate over 120,000 annual flights and provide an outstanding workplace for more than 6,200 on-airport employees. Responsibilities also include ensuring airport operations remain unimpeded while overseeing delivery of more than $40 million in capital projects.
Prior to joining the City of Cleveland, Robert held the position of Vice-President, Consulting Services for Aviation Strategies International, were he had executive responsibilities focused upon aviation advisory services. The company provides airports and governments with corporate level strategic advice and consulting services in the field of civil aviation.
With more than 30 years of aviation experience, Robert has a wide variety of experiences within civil aviation including being appointed to interim general and deputy general manager for the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). At ATL he also served as the general manager of Operations, Maintenance and Security at ATL and served as the airport’s director of marketing, public relations and intergovernmental affairs, and route development manager. In the private sector, Mr. Kennedy founded and served as president of Kennedy & Associates Aviation and Air Cargo Consulting, which provided airports, air carriers and aviation-related industries with in-depth analysis and planning for route development, cargo master planning, and air service development.
He has received the two highest airport industry accreditations: the Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in 2008. In 2009, he earned the International Airport Professional (IAP) designation, an accreditation awarded jointly by the Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Mr. Kennedy has been involved in numerous institutions and business organizations. He has been a Senior Aviation Advisor to the United Nations' CIFAL center in Atlanta, Georgia including the development and implementation of aviation programs for local authorities and executives. He led CIFAL’s efforts in hosting several aviation-related training programs, including security conferences for Chinese aviation officials in preparation for China’s 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Additionally, he served as Chairman of Airport Council International – North America’s (ACI-NA) Economic Committee and Air Cargo Committee; board member, Georgia Foreign Trade Zone; Chairman and President, Atlanta Air Cargo Association and board member, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce. He has been twice named Clayton County’s International Business Person of the Year.
Robert’s comments and viewpoints have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Commerce, Air Cargo News, Air Cargo World, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and other industry publications. In addition, he has given commentary and content for numerous radio and television programs.
Fred Szabo was appointed Commissioner of Hopkins Airport in August 2001 and is responsible for operations, security, and maintenance at the Airport—including the implementation of Federal Security Directives and FAA Regulatory requirements. In August 2015 Mr. Szabo was appointed the Interim Director. Prior to accepting his current position, Mr. Szabo served as Assistant Director of Public Safety for the City of Cleveland. Mr. Szabo has 30 years of prior experience in law enforcement and has served as Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police and Safety Director, the spokesman for the Cleveland Police Department, and as Acting EMS Commissioner for the City. Mr. Szabo is a military veteran and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Bowling Green State University. He also has pursued a Masters of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University.
Khalid Bahhur was appointed Commissioner of Burke Lakefront Airport in 2001 and is responsible for operations there, as well as for management of the City's harbor properties surrounding Lake Erie. Additionally, Mr. Bahhur is tasked with ensuring the success of the Cleveland Grand Prix and Cleveland National Air Show, both signature events for the City of Cleveland. Mr. Bahhur has extensive experience and knowledge in the operations, planning, budgeting, and economic development of general aviation airports, and it is his vision to reposition Burke Lakefront Airport as a viable economic driver for the Northeast Ohio region. Mr. Bahhur holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Cleveland State University.
Renato “Ren” Camacho
Renato “Ren” Camacho has been the Chief of Planning and Engineering for the City of Cleveland’s Department of Port Control since February 2011. In this position, he administers the Planning, Engineering & Construction, Environmental Services, and Real Estate/Noise Abatement functions for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL), and Lakefront Harbors. Mr. Camacho has oversight of the CAS Capital Program, which over the next 10-15 years will embark on major enhancements to the CLE/BKL airfields, terminal spaces, and landside infrastructure that will lay the framework for future passenger, aircraft, and air cargo demand as outlined in the CLE/BKL Master Plans. Prior to his current position, Ren worked with the Port Authority of NY/NJ for over 14 years in the agency’s Engineering Department. During his time at the Port Authority, Mr. Camacho was a senior engineer responsible for the implementation of critical traffic planning, design, and construction projects at multiple facilities such as the World Trade Center site (pre- and post-9/11/01), JFK/LGA/EWR Airports, George Washington Bridge, and Holland/Lincoln Tunnels. Mr. Camacho received his Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning & Engineering from NYU/Polytechnic University and Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.), a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio, a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University, and is actively engaged in multiple leadership initiatives with the Cleveland Airport System.
Matthew D. Crowley
Matthew D. Crowley was selected to join the Department of Port Control in July of 2014 as Chief Information Officer. Mr. Crowley is responsible for overseeing the department’s network, IT assets and technology initiatives. Prior to his selection, Mr. Crowley was the Chief Technology Officer of Browsium, Inc., a desktop virtualization company based out of Washington, D.C. He has held numerous software engineering positions around the U.S., including time at Microsoft on the Windows engineering team. He holds a number of patents-pending for internet browser navigation design and is the author of Pro Internet Explorer 8 & 9 Development. Mr. Crowley graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2008 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. He is actively involved in the Case Alumni Association and sits on their board of directors.
Christine Gilmartin was appointed Chief of Finance in September 2012. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of finance as well as contracts and procurement. Christine began her career with the Department of Port Control in 2010 as Comptroller of Finance. Christine worked as Audit Manager for the State of Ohio Auditor's Office, a position that she held for sixteen years. Christine issued financial statements prepared under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. She also conducted audits in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards (GAAS) for financial, compliance, and Federal single audits. Christine initiated special studies of accounting systems, practices and procedures. She also established internal controls to ensure fiscal accuracy. Christine is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is also a certified fraud examiner and a member of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).
Todd F. Payne
Todd F. Payne was selected to join the Department of Port Control in December 2006 as Chief of Marketing and Air Service Development. Mr. Payne is responsible for air service development and marketing as well as overseeing the department's communications, customer service, and community relations programs. Prior to his selection, Mr. Payne was Regional Manager of the Eastern U.S. and National Affiliate Marketing Manager with Hawaiian Airlines. He has 24 years of travel industry marketing and leadership experience with airlines, hospitality, and destination entities. He has held management positions with Piedmont Airlines, USAir, Venezuelan International Airways (VIASA), the Aruba Tourism Authority, Universal Studios Orlando, Sofitel Hotels, and Experience Columbus. Mr. Payne is a graduate of Ashland University and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He has also received CTC certification from the Institute of Certified Travel Agents. Mr. Payne is actively involved in the Greater Cleveland Council of the Boy Scouts of America and currently serves as the Dover Rockport District Chairman and as Scoutmaster of Troop 17 in Rocky River.
Pat Singleton was appointed Chief of Business Development and Management in October 2006 and is responsible for business planning and development and all matters related to concessions, airline agreements, parking and ground transportation, and contracts and procurement. Ms. Singleton joined the Department of Port Control as Airport Development Manager in 1999 and has served in various management positions within the business cluster. Ms. Singleton has a Bachelor of Science from Central State University and a Master of Science from the Ohio State University. Ms. Singleton has over 20 years of experience in commercial management including experience with concessions development, airline use and lease agreements, management of airport parking and ground transportation operations, and real estate negotiations.