Bruce Barnhill recently retired from Northwest Airlines where he had worked for 33 years. His final position was General Manager – Arizona. Bruce’s career included a long stretch in Northwest’s International Division including a stint in England, where he was responsible for Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Bruce also spent time as a General Manager in Japan, Korea, China and the Philippines. Domestically, Bruce’s responsibilities were primarily operationally oriented and included time in Seattle, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Spokane and Chicago.
Prior to Northwest, Bruce worked as a consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton and also spent a year with the Federal Aviation Administration. Bruce earned a BA from Rollins College and an MPA from Southern Methodist University; a job transfer prevented completion of his MBA at Gonzaga University.
Bruce is committed to the local community, serving on the Board of Directors for Scottsdale Soccer Club for 12 years, including 6 years as the Club’s President. This non-profit organization serves over 3,000 youth soccer players. Bruce is on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Youth Soccer Association. This board provides support and oversight for approximately 70 youth soccer clubs representing over 35,000 players throughout the entire state. Bruce also serves on several privately held company boards including a Scottsdale, Arizona community bank currently in formation. Bruce and his wife, Jisook, have two daughters who are both in college. They have lived in Paradise Valley since 1999.
Bruce and his wife both grew up on the international scene. Bruce’s father was a career military officer and they lived extensively in the Middle East and Europe. Jisook’s father was a career diplomat representing South Korea in Kenya, Switzerland, Nepal and the United States. Their extended family is stretched all over the globe and free time is often spent traveling to see them. Besides traveling, the family’s remaining free time is usually spent on a soccer field.