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11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  FBO Management Workshop
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2-6 p.m. Registration

2-5:30 p.m. Exhibitor Set-Up

6-7 p.m. Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Columbus Regional Airport Authority

8-8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast 
Sponsored by Mead & Hunt

8:30-9 a.m. Welcome and Introductions 

Shawn A. Dobberstein, A.A.E.
Executive Director
Fargo-Hector International Airport

Marc M. Sethna, A.A.E.
AAAE Great Lakes Chapter President
Manager, Asset Mgmt, John Glenn Columbus International Airport

9-10 a.m. Session #1: Organizing for Airport Economic Development Strategic Planning – What are the Considerations for Planning Airport Development
To succeed you must first start with a plan. Learn from those that have gone through the process so that you can apply them to your future success.

Patrick F. Dooley
Director, Airport Development
Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority

Nathan Lienhart
Project Manager
CHA Consulting, Inc.

Kyle J. Kuebler
Airport Director
Porter County Regional Airport
10-10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Session #2: The Airport’s Role in Local Economic Development: Lead, Join or Follow
Airports take various roles in recruiting and retaining industry on and around the airport. Hear from representatives from three airports and a national researcher who will share examples of successful strategies and the roless filled by the players in economic development.

John Kaliski
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Russell W. Mills, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Center for Regional Development
Bowling Green State University

Janet Zink
Assistant Vice President, Media and Government Relations
Tampa International Airport

Tory Richardson, A.A.E.
Chief Strategy Officer
Columbus Regional Airport Authority

James D. Hinde, C.M.
Albuquerque International Sunport | Double Eagle II Airport

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Session #3: Incentives – What’s new and trending?
Incentives are the name of the game and as airports, communities, and states compete to lure both new companies as well as air service it’s important to know what work and what’s no longer working.

Craig A. Williams, A.A.E.
Airport Director
Bishop International Airport

Vasu Raja
Vice President – Network Planning
American Airlines

Josh Hundt
VP of Business Development Projects
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Matt McCollister
Senior Vice President, Economic Development
Columbus 2020

12:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Keynote Luncheon

Jordan Davis
Director, Smart Cities
Columbus Partnership

2-3:15 p.m. Session #4: Leveraging Airport Property Assets & Location
Airport activity brings value added potential to real properties within and beyond the fence. We will discuss some ways to unock that potential for area-wide economic development.

Paul A. Karas
Vice President
RS&H, Inc.

Phoebe S. Selden
Senior Vice President
Acacia Financial Group

Brian Carroll 
Vice President – Public Institutions
Jones Lang LaSalle

Peter Byrne, C.M.
Director Aviation Services
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Barbara Schempf, A.A.E.
Vice President, Planning & Development
Kenton County Airport Board, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
3:15-4 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport

4-5 p.m.  Session #5: Airport Economic Development and Air Service Development: A Symbiotic Relationship
Economic Development and Air Service Development are intricately entwined. Learn from those involved on both sides to hear why one is so important to the other. Hear how economic development and impact message can be leveraged to get community buy-in for air service incentives. 

Jack Penning
Managing Partner
Volaire Aviation, Inc.

John Hastings
Mohave County Airport Authority and Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport 

6-8 p.m.  Evening Event
Sponsored by Columbus Regional Airport Authority

Join conference attendees in an evening filled with tastes from the North Market. Established in 1876, the North Market is Columbus’ only remaining true public market.  The Market provides an international selection of freshly prepared foods, authentic ethnic specialties, distinctive gifts and personable service from its merchant owner operators.

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7:30-8:30 a.m.  Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
Sponsored by Port of San Antonio

8:30-9:30 a.m.  Session #6: Communicating the Data or Leveraging Airport Economic Development for Air Service Growth
The amount of data that can be poured upon consultants and airlines can be overwhelming. This session is intended to arm the audience with the information that sells the airport.

William P. Towle, C.M.
Airport Director
St. Cloud Regional Airport

Kevin Thompson
Senior Analyst, Network Planning
United Airlines

Joseph R. Pickering
Senior Consultant, Air Services
Mead & Hunt

Will Livsey
Head of Customer Support, Product Development

9:30-10 a.m.  Refreshment Break

10-11 a.m.  Session #7: Developer Solicitation, Selection and Agreements
All else can be in place, but if you don’t have the right developer or agreements you may not be putting your best foot forward. Here what others have done to ensure that they are laying the path for success.

Carlos Ruiz-Coll
Manager, Business Development & Airport Administration
The Ohio State University Airport

Gary Young
Director of Airport Affairs,
Economic Development Project Manager

City of College Park, GA 

Curt Castagna, C.M. 

President and CEO 
Project Principal

Aeroplex Group Partners, LLC

Brad Henderson
President/Managing Member
Western LLC

 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Roundtable Discussion with Airline Representatives
Join us for an interactive session from airline and air service consultants that highlight the future of airline service and what yesterday and today’s changes mean for tomorrow and beyond.

Evan Berg
Vice President
Campbell-Hill Aviation Group

Kevin Thompson
Senior Analyst, Network Planning
United Airlines

Carter Ganss
Senior Director Business Development
Southwest Airlines
12 p.m.  Closing Remarks

1-4 p.m.  Airport Tour  
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