Dr. Edward Salmon Elected President of ARTP Board

POMONA, NJ – Dr. Edward H. Salmon, Chairman of Salmon Ventures Ltd., was elected Board President of the Aviation Research Technology Park, Inc. (ARTP). Dr. Salmon is taking over the position from Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, President of Stockton College, who recently concluded his three-year term as the founding ARTP Board President.

“Thanks to his dedication and leadership, Herman has done an outstanding job in getting the ARTP development off the ground and headed in the right direction,” said Dr. Salmon. “As the new Board President, I look forward to continuing Herman’s work on the ARTP and moving South Jersey one step closer to the cutting edge of global aviation technology.”

The ARTP is a nonprofit corporation tasked with developing and eventually constructing a Next Generation Aviation and Technology Research Park on the campus of the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic County, NJ. The federal government is poised to spend billions of dollars to convert our nation’s air traffic control system from radar-based to satellite-based, which is well underway in Europe. The ARTP’s mission is to leverage the core expertise at the FAA Technical Center with academic and private sector expansion of aviation technologies, making this area the epicenter for the transformation of the National Airspace System.

“Ed Salmon is recognized throughout the state for his experience, leadership, work ethic and distinguished career of service to New Jersey,” said Dr. Saatkamp. “I have great confidence in his ability to lead the ARTP through the challenges that lie ahead.”

Dr. Salmon served in public office under the administrations of six New Jersey governors. He is a former coach, teacher, school administrator, director of public works, Mayor, Freeholder Director, NJ Assemblyman, President of the NJ Board of Public Utilities and member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Through his involvement in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Dr. Salmon served for two years as Vice President and Chairman of the Executive Committee. He is currently President of NARUC’s Commissioners Emeritus. In 2003, he co-founded Salmon Ventures, a New Jersey-based firm that provides national consulting services to utilities, government agencies, school districts, healthcare organizations and businesses.

In addition to Dr. Salmon, the ARTP board members elected Dr. Anne Harlan as Vice President, Dennis Levinson as Secretary and Bart Mueller as Treasurer.

Dr. Anne Harlan is a retired Director of the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center. She served as Director from 1997 to 2006 and as Deputy Director from 1995 to 1997. There she was responsible for the strategic leadership and operation of the FAA’s premier research and development facility. Prior to her work at the Technical Center, Anne held a variety of managerial positions in the FAA and holds a multi-engine, commercial pilot certificate. In addition, she is a former faculty member of the Harvard Business School and has served as a management consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies on strategic planning and organizational effectiveness Anne is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a member of the Air Traffic Control Association.

Dennis Levinson, a Ventnor native, has served as Atlantic County Executive since 2000. Prior to that he served four terms as an Atlantic County Freeholder at large and was elected Freeholder Chairman six times. He is also a former member of the Northfield city council. Dennis’s achievements and community involvement have been recognized by numerous civic, service and charitable organizations. His special recognitions include the American Red Cross Distinguished Service Award, the Atlantic City Mainland Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year and the New Jersey Governor’s Leadership Award for Tourism.

Bart Mueller is the Executive Director of the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which owns and operates the Atlantic City Expressway and the Atlantic City International Airport. Under Bart’s direction, the SJTA has embarked on the most ambitious capital program in the Authority’s history, including the addition of a third westbound lane on the Atlantic City Expressway and the expansion of the Atlantic City International Airport’s facility and air service development. Mr. Mueller retired from Bell Atlantic Corp. after nearly twenty-five years of service.

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Salmon Ventures Ltd. is a New Jersey-based firm that provides national consulting services to utilities, government agencies, school districts, trade organizations, and businesses. Salmon Ventures has assembled a professional team whose members are recognized for their accredited experience in the water, energy, communication, transportation, gaming, finance and real estate industries as well as local, county and state levels of New Jersey government.