Sen. Kissel Praises Selection of Scott Kaupin to Bradley Airport Board

January 9, 2009

Says selection of Enfield mayor “perfect fit” for vacant position
State Sen. John A. Kissel, R-Enfield, today praised the selection of Enfield Mayor Scott R. Kaupin to the Bradley (Airport) Board of Directors. Kaupin was recently selected to fill the vacant position by Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, who called Kaupin a “regional expert,” who would bring together the interests of many of the communities that surround Bradley International Airport.

“I am thrilled with this selection because it is so important that north central Connecticut has a strong voice on this very important commission,” said Sen. Kissel. “I have known Scott for many years and I could not think of a more perfect fit for this position. Bradley Airport is not only the transportation hub of our state but it is the largest economic generator in north central Connecticut. To have someone with Scott’s background and knowledge is a true asset for the airport and for our region.”

A lifelong resident of Enfield, Kaupin is a graduate of Enrico Fermi High School and currently serves as the town’s mayor, a position he’s held since 2007. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Syracuse University. Kaupin is a Logistics Manager for Retail Brand Alliance, Inc. of Enfield.

“I am very grateful to Sen. McKinney for appointing me to the Bradley Board of Directors and to Sen. Kissel for all of his support,” said Kaupin. “We are all aware of the many economic challenges that face our region. Bradley Airport is an important tool in our state’s efforts to grow the economy. I look forward to working with the other members of the Board to ensure we are doing everything we can to enhance Bradley Airport both nationally and internationally in terms of travel and commerce.”

The Bradley Board of Directors was established to oversee the operation and development of Bradley International Airport. The seven member board works to ensure that the needs and demands of the public and business communities are considered in the daily operations at the Airport. The Board of Directors also works with the airport’s staff and administration to maximize opportunities at the airport to contribute to the State’s economic well being. The board meets monthly and its efforts include the development of an annual report and strategic plan. In addition, the board has established the airport’s mission statement, which represents a central focus for airport management and employees.

“Scott will bring a great deal of expertise to the Bradley Board of Directors,” said Sen. McKinney. “He understands the economic challenges facing our municipalities and businesses. He is a well respected community leader not only as Mayor of Enfield but also with his involvement with the Jaycees. He will be a tremendous asset to the board.”

Kaupin’s term on the Board is effective immediately.