Airport board names new director

  • Mark Doles

    Mark Doles

Updated 12/3/2019 9:29 AM

WEST CHICAGO -- The DuPage Airport Authority board of directors recently hired Mark Doles as executive director.

Doles had been serving as the interim executive director since David Bird retired from the post earlier this year.


Doles celebrated 30 years of service with the DAA in July 2019. His began in aviation as a member of the DuPage Airport summer crew while studying at Augustana College. His responsibilities grew with his tenure, and in 2007 became director of the DuPage Flight Center. In his many roles, Doles oversaw all facets of the Authority, including operations, maintenance, airfield and building construction, land acquisition, real estate & leasing, business development and finance.

He is a member of numerous aviation associations, including NBAA, NATA, and AAAE. He is a past chairman and active member of the Illinois Public Airport Association since 1996. He has been a member of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association since its inception and currently is on the board of directors and a member of the governmental affairs committee.

Doles graduated from Augustana in 1989 with a B.A. degree in Business with concentrations in finance, management and marketing.

"There's nobody more qualified than Mark to oversee all aspects of the DAA, including a robust business center, championship golf course and an airport on pace for more than 100,000 flight operations this calendar year," said Stephen Davis, chairman of the DuPage Airport Authority.

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