The preliminary agenda below is subject to change and will be updated frequently. The times listed below are in Eastern Time. This event will be held virtually. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

1:00—1:10 pm ET

Welcome Remarks

Brad Van Dam, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, AAAE

Joe Marana, A.A.E., ACE, Director, Operations & Facilities, Fort Wayne International Airport

Atif Saeed, A.A.E., IAP, Chief Financial Officer, Metropolitan Airports Commission

Janet Bennett, Director, Outreach & Communications, AAAE

4/27/2021 1:00:00 PM4/27/2021 1:10:00 PM
1:10—2:00 pm ET

Session #1: Airport Workforce Development Strategies to Drive Economic Growth

This session will address employment best practices and trends and how communities benefit from the relationship they have with their local airport workforces. Other discussion topics may include how airports contribute to the overall wellbeing of their workforce and how that in turn affects the community. Speakers will also explore how workforce development may have shifted since COVID.

Sponsored by

Burns & McDonnell
Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Inc.
Mead & Hunt, Inc.

Abe Weber, A.A.E., Airport Director, Appleton International Airport

Jennifer Carter, Vice President, National Accounts, Aeroterm

Holli Harrington, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity and Diversity Officer, Indianapolis Airport Authority

Dale Walker, Director, Fox Valley Technical College

4/27/2021 1:10:00 PM4/27/2021 2:00:00 PM
2:15—3:30 pm ET

Session #2: Economic Impact Analysis and Increasing Revenue-Generating Economic Development POST-COVID

Many airports have a difficult time communicating how the airport benefits the community. This session will help airports show the value of the airport in real money! Attendees will hear what an economic impact analysis does, lessons learned over the years, and some 2021 Post-COVID trends as they relate to market changes and airport operations. In addition, the speakers will provide approaches to and examples of various revenue generating airport economic development.

Bill Towle, A.A.E., Airport Director, St. Cloud Regional Airport

Aaron Gruen, Principal, Gruen Gruen + Associates (GG+A)

Session 2 Presentation

Debra Jeans, Principal, Gruen Gruen + Associates (GG+A)

Session 2 Presentation

George Sakas, Director, Economic Development & Strategic Planning, Chicago Executive Airport

Session 2 Presentation

4/27/2021 2:15:00 PM4/27/2021 3:30:00 PM
3:45—4:45 pm ET

Session #3: Talk is Cheap, What is the True Price of Concession Partnership?

During the challenging times of a global pandemic airports and their business partners are experiencing extreme drops in passenger numbers, employee furloughs/layoffs, and new requirements for cleaning and operating standards being implements. Every airport has unique financial and cost recovery situations to deal with, but transparent collaboration may be the best path to recovery. Hear from airport representatives regarding the unique steps they took to foster partnership.

Sponsored by

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.

Eric Johnson, CCIM, Director, Commercial Management, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Shane Andreasen, C.M., Director, Administration & Commercial Services, Salt Lake City International Airport

Session 3 Presentation - Andreasen

Ingrid Hairston, A.A.E., PMP, Vice President, Properties and Business Development, Birmingham Airport Authority

Session 3 Presentation - Hairston

Isabella Rhawie, Interim-Assistant Director, Concessions & Business Development, Metropolitan Airports Commission

Session 3 Presentation - Rhawie

4/27/2021 3:45:00 PM4/27/2021 4:45:00 PM
4:45—6:00 pm ET

Interactive Networking Session - Scattergories

Join your fellow colleagues for a lively game of virtual Scattergories!

Sponsored by

C&S Companies

4/27/2021 4:45:00 PM4/27/2021 6:00:00 PM

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