The City of Kingman development team would like to thank you for your interest in our community.
Gary Kellogg/Executive DirectorGary is the Planning & Economic Development Director for the city of Kingman and oversees the following departments: Economic Development , Tourism Department, Planning & Zoning, Community Development and the Kingman Airport and Industrial Park. Before Joining the City of Kingman he was the President and CEO of the Partnership for Economic Development (PED), in Lake Havasu City Arizona for ten years. Prior to that he spent thirty (30) years in the Utility Industry, his last job there was Vice President and General Manager for Citizens Utilities Co., at their Vermont Electric Division. While in the utility business Gary was very active in economic development in the communities where he worked. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno.
Bennett Bratley/Economic Development ManagerBennett Bratley is the Economic Development Manager. He provides comprehensive site-selection assistance to companies looking to relocate or expand within Kingman and surrounding Mohave County, with special emphasis in targeted manufacturing, energy, distribution, logistics, and healthcare service industries. Prior to joining The City of Kingman Economic Development Team in August of 2018, Bennett worked in the Economic Development Department of Mohave County since 2009, and promoted to the director in 2014. Before entering the economic development field Bennett brought with him 13 years of experience in managing a residential and commercial real estate and development brokerage in Southern California’s Inland Empire. He currently holds a real estate broker's license in Arizona and California, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University. Bennett’s professional memberships include National Association of Realtors and sits on the board of directors for the Arizona Association for Economic Development. When he is not busy collaborating with new or expanding businesses within the region, he enjoys taking full advantage of the area’s unlimited outdoor recreational offerings with his wife and four children.
Josh Noble/Tourism ManagerJosh Noble is the Tourism Services Manager. He coordinates Kingman visitor services, collaborates with the Arizona Office of Tourism to build and implement marketing campaigns and media missions, and compiles historical data to analyze trends so that Kingman’s marketing strategy aligns the expectations of our visitors with the community promise. Josh transitioned into the tourism industry while working at the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce in 2007, where he managed membership services and special events. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and held an internship as a Majority Staff Legislative Research Analyst at the Arizona State House of Representatives. Josh serves on the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona Board of Directors and on the Finance and Library & Media Committees of the Mohave County Historical Society. Josh enjoys photography, cooking, researching and preserving local area history, and recreating outdoors with his wife, two boys, and two girls.
R. Steven Johnston/Airport General Manager
R. Steven Johnston is the Airport General Manager for Kingman, Arizona. Mr. Johnston has over 30 years of experience in many aspects of airport management which include compliance issues, grants, construction, economic development, community relations, operations and special events. He has Recently accepted the position of Airport General Manager for the City of Kingman, Arizona. He was the Airport Supervisor-Manager at Lake Havasu City for eleven years, Director of the Marina Municipal Airport in California for ten years, Assistant to the Airport Manager at Arlington Municipal in Washington State for seven years) and four years at Seattle-Tacoma International in Noise Abatement and Remedy offices. He is the President of the Arizona Airports Association, a Certified Airport Manager and member of the American Association of Airport Executives for 30 years and a Certified Airport Executive via the Southwest American Association of Airport Executives. He has served in other airport management associations that included the Washington Airport Management Association for ten years and the Association of California Airports for nine years. He has a degree in Air Transportation Management from Green River College. He has had the opportunity to serve as a FAA Safety Team Representative at Lake Havasu for six years and served as the Vice Chair for Monterey County, California as an Airport Land Use Commissioner.
Sylvia Shaffer/Retail Manager
Sylvia Shaffer is a Retail and Commercial Specialist/Economic Development Manager. Sylvia’s job includes retail and commercial recruitment, business retention, and acts as a liaison to Downtown Kingman business owners and the Main Street Group. She will work with various stakeholders, property owners and other entities to fill vacant commercial buildings and properties assist existing business owners keep their business successful and find ways to help rejuvenate Downtown Kingman. Prior to joining the City of Kingman Economic Development Team in July 2019, Sylvia was a Planner for the City of Kingman Planning and Zoning Division for 5 years. Sylvia has earned several educational degrees which include a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Sylvia moved to Arizona in 2005, enjoys cooking/baking, arts and crafts, guitar playing, enjoys Arizona sunsets and night skies, exploring Arizona’s scenic areas and rock hounding. Sylvia enjoys spending time with her husband, 6 children and 7 grandchildren as much as possible.