Members

Michael Garavaglia, Chairperson of the Wayne County Airport Authority Board

Michael Garavaglia

Michael Garavaglia is Chairperson of the Wayne County Airport Authority Board. Garavaglia is President and founder of Capitol Relations, LLC, a Farmington Hills-based lobbying and consulting agency. The firm represents a wide range of clients in the health care and insurance industries as well as county and municipal governments.

Prior to establishing his firm, he served as the chief administration officer for the Michigan Department of Attorney General under former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. He also was director of legislative affairs for Attorney General Cox.

Licensed by the State of Michigan as both a real estate builder and a real estate broker, Garavaglia was president and CEO of his own real estate development company for more than a decade. He previously worked in key accounting and financial positions for Turner Construction and General Motors. Garavaglia is a director on the boards of the Detroit Medical Center and of Forgotten Harvest.

He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in economics, both from the University of Detroit-Mercy. A resident of Livonia, he was appointed to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board by Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano. His term on the Airport Authority Board expires October 1, 2020.

Ronald E. Hall, Vice Chairperson of the Wayne County Airport Authority Board

Ronald E. Hall Jr

Ronald E. Hall, Jr is Vice Chairperson of the Wayne County Airport Authority Board. Hall is CEO/President at Bridgewater Interiors. Ron Hall previously served as Vice President & General Counsel for Bridgewater Interiors, LLC. He joined the company in 2007.

Prior to joining Bridgewater, Hall spent five years at Johnson Controls, Inc., first as an attorney in its Law Department, and later in various positions of increasing responsibility in operations and program management. Before joining Johnson Controls, he practiced corporate law for several years at a prominent Detroit regional law firm.

Hall earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an associate editor on the Michigan Journal of International Law, and a recipient of the Dean's Scholarship Award and other awards.  Prior to his career in law, Hall was a professional soldier. A West Point graduate, he was commissioned into the Army's field artillery branch, and decorated for meritorious service with the 1st Cavalry Division in the Persian Gulf. He attained the rank of Captain before resigning from active duty.

Hall sits on one corporate and several nonprofit boards, holding several leadership positions therein, and is an alumnus of Leadership Detroit. He was appointed to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board by Governor Rick Snyder. His term on the Airport Authority Board expires October 1, 2020.

Nabih H. Ayad Esq, Secretary of the Wayne County Airport Authority Board

Nabih H. Ayad Esq

Nabih H. Ayad Esq. is Secretary of the Wayne County Airport Authority Board. Ayad was appointed to the Airport Authority Board by Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano in November 2014. Ayad is a private practice attorney from Dearborn with law offices in Canton, Michigan. Attorney Ayad is Chairman of the Board for the Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL). 

From December of 2008 to December of 2011 Attorney Ayad was a Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner, appointed by former Governor Granholm. He is a member of the Advisory Counsel on Arab and Chaldean Affairs for the State of Michigan since 2007. Ayad was Vice President of the Arab-American Political Action Committee (AAPAC); On the Detroit NAACP Legal Redress Committee; Chairman of the NAACP Western Wayne County Legal Redress Committee for 18 cities in Western Wayne County and on the ACLU Lawyers Committee for the State of Michigan since 2002.

Attorney Ayad was on the National Executive Board for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and also served as former Chairman of the ADC Advisory Board for the State of Michigan for over 7 years. Attorney Ayad was also Co-Chair of ALPACT (Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust) an organization made up of 100 law enforcement and civil rights groups where he co-chaired with the head of the FBI in Detroit.

Attorney Ayad received his Juris Doctorate from the Detroit College of Law at MSU and B.S. in Accounting from Wayne State School of Business in Detroit. His term on the Airport Authority Board expires October 1, 2020.

Al Haidous - Wayne County Commissioner

Al Haidous

Al Haidous is a Wayne County Commissioner who was appointed by his peers to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board in October 2018. Haidous has represented the Wayne County Commission’s 11th District, which includes the city of Romulus, since November 2014.

From 2001 until his election to the Commission, Haidous served as the city of Wayne’s mayor. While in office, he implemented cost saving measures and chaired the Downtown Development Authority, as well as several committees. Haidous held a seat on Wayne’s City Council from 1993 to 2001.

Haidous is knowledgeable about transportation issues, having served as a board member for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation—better known as SMART—since 2007. Currently, he is chairman of the SMART Board. Also, he has chaired the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance's Southeast Government Alliance, Wayne County Community Development Block Grant Advisory Council, the Conference of Western Wayne and the Central Wayne County Sanitation Authority. In 2015, he was named to the Governor's Talent Investment Board.

Prior to his career in public service, Haidous and his wife owned and operated Al's Friendly Market for 35 years in the city of Wayne. His term on the Airport Authority Board will expire on October 1, 2024.

Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, Chancellor of Wayne County Community College District

Dr. Curtis L. Ivery

Dr. Curtis L. Ivery became Chancellor of Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) on September 1, 1995. As the Chief Executive Officer, Ivery directs the five campus, multi-cultural institution serving more than 72,000 students. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). 

Ivery oversees an operating budget of $100 million and a $650 million capital improvement program. Prior to becoming Chancellor of WCCCD, Ivery served as Vice President of Instruction and acting President at Mountain View College of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD).

In 1996, the Life Extension Foundation selected Ivery as the “Community College President of the Year”, and in 2004 he received the Walter E. Douglas Humanitarian Award from Detroit Omega Foundation Inc. In 2010, Ivery was chosen as one of the first recipients of the Dr. Charles H. Wright Vision Awards in celebration of higher education.

Ivery is an accomplished author publishing books, “Journeys of Conscience”, “Reclaiming Integration and the Language of Race in the Post-Racial Era”, and others, along with publishing over 600 articles for weekly and monthly metropolitan newspapers in the United States. 

Ivery was appointed to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans. His term on the Airport Authority Board expires 10/1/2024.   

Mark Ouimet, appointed to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board by Governor Rick Snyder

Mark Ouimet

Mark Ouimet was appointed to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board by Governor Rick Snyder in 2016. Ouimet, an Ann Arbor resident, currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Hantz Bank and Hantz Holding Company.  

Ouimet is a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of his alma mater, Northwood University, from 1991 to 2002.

Ouimet holds a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Northwood University. His term on the Airport Authority Board will expire October 1, 2022.

Marvin W. Beatty, Vice President of Community and Public Relations for Greektown Casino and was Executive Director at the Wadsworth Community Center in Detroit

Marvin W. Beatty

Marvin W. Beatty is the Vice President of Community and Public Relations for Greektown Casino and was Executive Director at the Wadsworth Community Center in Detroit. He served for more than 22 years with the City of Detroit Fire Department, retiring as Deputy Fire Commissioner, and was the first African-American to hold that position in the Department's history.

Beatty currently serves as a Board member for the NAACP, Chairman of the Coleman A. Young Foundation, Downtown Detroit Partnership Board of Directors, and is active with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and many other organizations throughout the metropolitan Detroit area.

Beatty received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Management and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Development Program. From 1995 to 2010, Beatty served as Chairman on the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Detroit.

He lives in the City of Detroit and was appointed to the Wayne County Airport Authority Board by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans. His term on the Airport Authority Board expires October 1, 2023.