Ross Marty, assistant airport director, Helena Regional Airport Authority, grew up in a family full of aviators. That influence built a passion for aviation for himself and a path to working in an industry that allows him to be submerged in aviation every day.
“At our airport, we have a vast, diverse mix of everything from a large, active GA community; an active military presence, a large forest service tanker base and all of the state agencies,” Marty said. “I really enjoy the diversity of the aviation industry.”
Marty is noted by his colleagues as an extremely talented and driven person. He started working for the airport as a seasonal employee while attending college.
After college he continued working at the airport and held the position of business & compliance manager. He excelled at every position he held at the airport and is currently the assistant airport director at age 31.
Marty has a passion for aviation and is always willing to take on any challenge no matter how difficult or complex. His customer service to airport stakeholders and the public is second to none, as he always shows compassion and respect when dealing with complaints or difficult situations. He always thinks about others around him and uses solid judgement during emergencies and unplanned events.
“Our airport has a great team and that expands past our airport staff,” he said. “Aviation as a whole is such a vital industry in a large, unpopulated state like Montana with a lot of residents relying on aviation.”
Marty has a private pilot rating and is a member of the local flying club, which provides him a firm grasp on the airport industry from the user's perspective. He’s involved in the community as a member of the local Optimist's Service Club.
He is a past graduate of Leadership Helena and actively participates with many local tourism and Chamber of Commerce activities. He is always innovating by finding ways to make the airport operation more efficient and user friendly for customers, staff and other stakeholders.
He is known by colleagues as polite and professional, but also as having a good sense of humor to keep each day fun, which helps takes the edge off the stresses of this industry.