Meet Bob McNally, director of operations for the Lincoln Airport Authority (www.lincolnairport.com).
Tell us a little about your business. – The Lincoln Airport Authority was established in 1959 to oversee the airport and aviation for the city of Lincoln. Today, the airport authority controls approximately 5,500 acres, operating the Lincoln Airport as well as LNK Enterprise Park, which is one of the largest industrial park developments of its kind in the Midwest.
How did you get started in the business? – Following a summer internship at the Lincoln Airport in 1984, and after graduation from the University of North Dakota (UND) with a degree in airport administration, I joined the Lincoln Airport Authority in a full-time capacity in 1985.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – There are unique and interesting challenges on an almost-daily basis at LNK. Quite frankly, that is what is most enjoyable about working for the Lincoln Airport Authority. An early challenge in my career was the creation and establishment of the Lincoln Airport Police Department. Starting up a full-fledged law enforcement agency from scratch was not something they taught in school.
Tell us a little about your family. – My wife, Jan, and I have been married for 35 years. After nearly 35 years as a teacher, Jan is now working for the State Crime Commission. We have five grown children, Katie, Maggie, Philip, Michael, and Peter.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Professionally, my decision to pursue a degree in aviation at UND set the course for my entire career.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I am an avid DIY’er. I am always involved in multiple building or repair projects on our acreage. I also enjoy gardening, probably a carryover from being raised on a farm. In addition, Jan and I enjoy playing golf – particularly with our sons.
Who inspires you? – All those who serve in the military, law enforcement, and general public service. The sacrifices these people make to serve our citizens, our communities, and our country are often underappreciated. I enjoy each opportunity I get to work on projects with the dedicated members of these groups.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Dedicated.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.
Which talent would you most like to have? – To be a great orator.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – Archeology or historical research.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – I have been a supporter the United Way and many other local charities. I also enjoyed being a member of Sertoma for many years.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – Churchill by Celia Sandys and The Man Who Broke Capitalism by David Gelles.
What is your favorite movie? – I enjoy old and classic movies. Two good ones I have recently re-watched are Seven Days in May and 12 Angry Men.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – We always enjoy a stop at Lazlos.