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Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport welcomes new director

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Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport welcomes new director

From left, new airport director Steve Nuwer with assistant director Snap Johnson and maintenance manager Joe Budd at Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport.

CAMBRIDGE — Members of the Dorchester County Council officially announced Steve Nuwer as the new Airport Director of Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport at a meeting on Tuesday, March 3.

Nuwer comes from an aviation background — his father Paul Nuwer started a crop business in 1974 that operated in Hurlock for many years.

“We served the farming community,” Nuwer said. “We used to drive from Severna Park every day to operate the business and finally decided it was wise to move closer to the business in 1976.”

Nuwer soloed his first plane on his 16th birthday in 1980 and earned his pilot’s license one year later at age 17.

In 1983 at the age of 19, Newur decided to step away from aviation to pursue a college degree in electrical engineering in Colorado. It was shortly thereafter that he realized that he wanted to live on the eastern shore.

“I was away from aviation from 1983-1998,” he said.

Out of college in 1987, Nuwer was hired by Airpax where he spent 32 years in a sales and marketing management job. In May of 2019, he found out he was eligible for early-retirement.

“This is when I found out about an opening at the airport,” he said. “I applied for it, interviewed and got the job and was happy to step back into the aviation world.”

He officially joined the airport staff in September as an operations technician and was promoted to Airport Director effective March 1.

“Think of this role as being an airport manager,” he said. “I’ll be managing the overall operations, pursuing state and federal grants to improve our facility and oversee projects such as sealcoating the runway in a few weeks to extend the life of our facility.”

Snap Johnson, Assistant Director of the airport, is excited to have Nuwer on board.

“He is going to bring youth and excitement back to the airport,” Johnson said. “His is a pilot, so he is going to bring more experience and we are all excited to come to work every day.”

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