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Peter Beukema Appointed to Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority (GFIAA) is pleased to
announce the appointment of Peter Beukema to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board. The
seven-member body, appointed by the Kent County Board of Commissioners, is responsible for general
oversight of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The Airport Board includes two Kent County
commissioners, four Kent County citizens, and one citizen from a county other than Kent (but within the
West Michigan region). Each member serves a three-year term. Beukema will serve as a citizen member
representing Ottawa County.
Beukema was selected from a pool of qualified candidates and fills a vacant term that expires December
2020. He will also serve on the Airport Board’s Finance & Legislative Committee.
“Peter is a wonderful addition to our Airport Board,” said Dan Koorndyk, Chairman of the Gerald R.
Ford International Airport Board. “His experience in the hospitality industry and his knowledge of West Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority
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Michigan is a great combination that will offer tremendous insight into our operations. We look forward
to having Peter join us.”
“I am thrilled to join the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board,” said Beukema. “The travel and
tourism industry is in a unique place right now with COVID-19, but I am hoping I can offer my
knowledge, skills, and experience to get us back to the record-breaking airport we were just a few weeks
ago.”
Beukema, a Michigan native, is the Visionary, Chief Executive Officer and partner for Suburban Inns, a
family owned and operated hotel / restaurant management and development company, which was founded
more than 40 years ago. He graduated from Northwood University.
He also serves on the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) Board of Directors and is
Vice Chair of the Government Affairs and Political Action Committee. Nationally he has served on
various committees and is a former board member of the IHG Owners Association, where he continues
his passion for service as the Vice Chair of the IHG Rewards Committee. In October 2018, Peter was
selected to be one of the 2018 Grand Rapids Business Journal “40 Under 40”; and in the fall of 2019,
Peter was listed on the inaugural addition of the Grand Rapids 200 Powerful Business Leaders, by the
Grand Rapids Business Journal.