Ghouse Named Airport Director at Paine Field in Everett, WA

September 14, 2014

Everett, Everett Government

Snohomish County has named a replacement for Dave Waggoner who is retiring after more than 20 years as Director of Paine Field in south Everett. Here’s the update from Rebecca Hover at Snohomish County…


Arif Ghouse will replace Dave Waggoner.

After a national search of the friendly skies, Paine Field has a new airport director. Arif Ghouse is scheduled to land in Snohomish County in early October.

Ghouse has 16 years of airport management experience at world-class international airports, including George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports in England. He also served as the Port of Seattle’s security and emergency preparedness director.

Ghouse is currently the airport duty manager at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport where he oversees airport operations, including the airfield, terminal and landside.

“We’re very fortunate to have someone of Mr. Ghouse’s experience and reputation leading Paine Field,” Snohomish County Executive John Lovick said. “He understands the many issues facing airports today and the need to work collaboratively and be customer service focused.”

Ghouse – who will oversee a staff of 50 and an operating budget of $19 million at Paine Field – is replacing outgoing airport director Dave Waggoner who is retiring after 22 years of service. During Waggoner’s tenure, Paine Field was twice named the FAA’s Airport of the Year, and Waggoner was named Airport Executive of the Year in 2013 by the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Paine Field is a major economic driver in the region, boasting hundreds of aerospace manufacturing jobs on airport property, and generating $30 to $40 billion annually into the state’s economy. The airport has become a destination for aviation enthusiasts and is home to the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour, as well as the Historic Flight Foundation and the Flying Heritage Collection.

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