EVERETT, Wash., February 3, 2023 – Today, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced the appointment of Josh Marcy as Interim Director for Paine Field Airport, replacing Arif Ghouse who has been Director for over eight years. Arif has accepted a job as a senior executive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The interim appointment will be effective February 7, 2023.
With over 20 years in the aviation industry, Josh has been at Paine Field since May 2021 and is currently a Deputy Director. Josh earned his Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) certification in 2022 from the American Association of Airport Executives, putting him in a small and elite group of airport leaders. In the coming weeks, Executive Somers will be launching a search for a permanent director.
“Snohomish County’s Paine Field Airport is the crown jewel of our economy, accounting for nearly $60 billion in yearly economic activity and over 158,000 jobs,” said Executive Somers. “We know that the businesses and workers who rely on Paine Field for their livelihood depend on steady hands guiding the airport, and that’s why we’ve chosen Josh Marcy as Interim Director. We also want to make sure that our general aviation community, passengers flying from Paine Field, and everyone who comes to marvel at the aviation wonders on display know that we will continue to invest in the airport to ensure it only improves with age. We will deeply miss the professionalism, wisdom, and wit of Director Ghouse, knowing full well he will be a success in his new role at SeaTac.”
“I am grateful for this opportunity to work with County leaders to guide the next stage of Paine Field’s development,” said Interim Director Marcy. “For those of us who love aerospace and aviation, there is no better place in the world to be than right here at Paine Field. We will continue to nurture this community asset and ensure it is providing maximum value to our community.”
Paine Field is the proud home of the newest commercial airport terminal in Washington state. This privately-owned commercial air terminal serves a dozen western destinations. Paine Field is also home to over 550 aircraft, including small, single engine recreational aircraft, corporate jets, and vintage warbirds. It has had a critical role both regionally and nationally as the manufacturing and testing center for Boeing aircraft, including the 787, 777, 767, KC46, 747, and the newly announced line for the 737 MAX. Located about 30 miles north of downtown Seattle, the airport offers high quality aviation facilities, including a FAA tower, Cat 1 ILS, Part 139 certification, FBO services and convenient access to Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond.
Paine Field has become a major tourist destination with the opening of the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center, the Wartime History Museum (formerly the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum), and the Museum of Flight Restoration Center.