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91st Annual AAAE Conference & Exposition
Monday, July 12
Ms. Roben L. Armstrong
Airport Strategic Planning Manager
Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas, NV
Ms. Roben L. Armstrong is the Airport Strategic Planning Manager for the Clark County Department of Aviation in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the Department of Aviation’s project development and planning of long-term projects. She is the project manager for the proposed Southern Nevada Supplemental Airport and manages the environmental planning and review process for the organization’s capital projects. Ms. Armstrong also previously provided oversight for the development and rollout of the organization’s Strategic Plan. Ms. Armstrong has more than 20 years of experience in transportation planning and management, specializing in aviation and environmental planning. Prior to joining the Clark County Department of Aviation in 2018, Ms. Armstrong served as the Aviation Lead for HDR Engineering Inc. and she was responsible for business development of the aviation market sector for the South-Central Region (Texas and Louisiana). During her employment at HDR, Ms. Armstrong managed and supported several large-scale transportation projects. She also worked for the Metropolitan Transit Authority in Houston, Texas, as a Senior Environmental Planner. Ms. Armstrong holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science Management and a Master of Science in Transportation Planning & Management from Texas Southern University.
Mr. Justin T. Barkowski
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Justin Barkowski is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for the American Association of Airport Executives. In his role, Justin represents and advocates for AAAE's members before the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and other agencies overseeing the U.S. aviation industry. Prior to joining AAAE, Justin managed regulatory and policy issues at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), particularly airmen certification, aircraft certification, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Justin served on the Drone Advisory Subcommittee, the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team, and co-chaired the 26 Coalition for UAS Safety, which brought over 20 aviation associations together to collaborate on safe UAS integration. While at AOPA, Justin also handled a number of airport compliance issues under the FAA's Airport Improvement Program. Justin began his career practicing law in California, defending aircraft part manufacturers, pilots, mechanics, airports, and others in over a dozen fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft accidents across the country. He is also an avid writer, having authored a book on aviation legislative history and articles involving federal preemption of aircraft product liability and the Next Generation Air Transportation System. Justin is an instrument-rated commercial pilot. He is a native of Southern California, but currently resides in Washington, D.C. He also loves to travel, especially visiting national parks around the country.
Mr. Balram J. Bheodari, A.A.E.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
As General Manager of the nation’s busiest and most efficient airport, Balram “B” Bheodari oversees all facets of Airport governance, including operations and a multibillion-dollar capital improvement program designed to pave the way for Atlanta’s growth over the next 20 years. Focused strategic planning, a comprehensive safety and security platform and a full-bodied customer experience program are his priorities, in addition to completing the ATL’s critical capital program on schedule and within budget. Mr. Bheodari is a retired Army aviator whose leadership as deputy general manager for Operations navigated ATL through the most challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic, from drawdown to resumption of its expansive operations. Mr. Bheodari has an extensive career in aviation executive management. He rejoined the ATL leadership team in 2016 after serving as the chief operating officer for the Houston Airport System (HAS). There he led strategic and business plan development, business process re-engineering, technologically complex project implementation, infrastructure programs and airport operations. ATL is home to Mr. Bheodari. Before joining HAS, he served more than three years as ATL’s deputy general manager. In that role, he managed an annual operating budget of more than $170 million and a capital budget of more than $300 million. Prior to being named deputy general manager, Mr. Bheodari served as deputy assistant general manager for Operations, Maintenance and Security, after working his way through the ranks of the organization. In early 2009, Mr. Bheodari commissioned ATL’s first Operational Readiness and Transition (ORAT) team, which developed and implemented the activation plan for a consolidated Rental Car Center and the ATL SkyTrain automated people mover. Two years later, he expanded the ORAT team and spearheaded the opening of the 1.2-million-square-foot Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, which accommodated more than 12 million international travelers each year prior to the pandemic. Mr. Bheodari holds the American Association of Airport Executives’ Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation. Additionally, he has earned the International Airport Professional (IAP) accreditation from the Airports Council International and the International Civil Aviation Organization. Mr. Bheodari graduated from Troy University with a Bachelor of Science in aviation management. He also completed the Emory University Executive Education Management Leadership and Development Programs. He retired from the U.S. Army with 22 years of active military service in the aviation branch as an instrument-rated aviator.
Mr. Casey S. Boatman, C.M.
Manager, Properties & Contracts
Spokane International Airport
Casey Boatman, C.M., is the Manager of Properties and Contracts at Spokane Airports. A graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver, Casey Boatman began his airport career at Eugene Airport in Oregon and was the business coordinator at Renton Municipal Airport prior to joining the team in Spokane in early 2020. Casey recently completed the Certificate of Foundational Leadership from Gonzaga University and is working on his MBA from Whitworth University. Casey serves on the Board of the American Association of Airport Executives for the Northwest Chapter and chairs the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Casey is partnered to Adam and they have two weiner dogs, Houdini and Weezer.
Mr. Roddy L. Boggus, NCARB, AIA
Roddy Boggus is a Vice President and the Aviation Buildings Service Group Leader at RS&H. He has more than 30 years of aviation-specific experience in multidisciplinary practices for U.S. and global organizations. Roddy excels in both airline and airport-based practices and alternative delivery methods. He also has a strong background in aviation/airport security, including product development, regulatory guideline contributions, design, and pragmatic deployment of existing technologies. Roddy is a functional/operational facilities expert serving multiple large and medium hub airports on streamlining and providing exceptional level of service for passengers and stakeholders through passenger flow, queuing, and operational efficiencies. Writing, speaking and moderating on the global stage, Roddy continuously challenges the industry to innovatively look forward in developing our air service facilities for tomorrow. Roddy is an architect with a Bachelor of Design from Texas Tech University. He was the 2017 Board Chair of the Airport Consultants Council (ACC), a former ACI Global World Business Partner Board Chair, and sits on the Board of Directors for the International Partnering Institute (IPI), as well as the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE). Roddy is a sometime frequent author of the witty and sometime irreverent “Totally Boggus” column in Airport Business magazine providing a satirical look at the aviation industry.
Mr. Scott A. Brockman, A.A.E.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Memphis International Airport
Scott Brockman joined the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority in June 2003. He was appointed President and CEO on January 2, 2014 after having served as Executive Vice President and COO. Mr. Brockman is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) and served as Chairman on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in 2017-18. He is also on the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE) Board. Mr. Brockman has previously served as President of the Southeast Chapter of AAAE, Chairman of the 2011 AAAE National Airports Conference, Chairman and Southeast Chapter representative of the AAAE Board of Examiners, Chairman of the AAAE Audit Committee, Chairman of the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Economic Affairs Committee and North America representative to the ACI World Economic Board. Mr. Brockman was awarded the AAAE Distinguished Service Award in May 2013.
Co-Founder and CEO
Trier Bryant is Co-Founder and CEO of Just Work. She’s previously held leadership roles at Astra, Twitter, Goldman Sachs, and proudly served as a combat veteran in the Air Force as a Captain leading engineering teams while spearheading diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives for the DoD. Additionally, Trier advises leading companies like Equinox, Airbnb, SoundCloud, Alto, Rockefeller Foundation, and others on their DEI strategies. Trier has an unwavering commitment to create equitable, inclusive, and thriving workplaces to produce prosperous companies. She has been featured as an influential DEI practitioner by several publications and outlets from USA Today to CNN and SXSW. Trier is an Air Force Academy graduate (Beat Army, Sink Navy) and enjoys spending time with her family who live by the motto "...good enough isn't."
Ms. Rochelle L. Cameron, C.M., CPA
Chief Executive Officer
Philadelphia International Airport
Rochelle “Chellie” L. Cameron became Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. As CEO, Ms. Cameron serves as the City's chief aviation representative in local, state, national and international affairs. She is responsible for directing the planning, development and administration of all activities of the City's Division of Aviation, including both Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport. She also oversees the management of about 800 Airport personnel. Ms. Cameron served on the Airport’s leadership team since 2011. From December 2014 until her appointment as CEO, she was the Chief Operating Officer responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations. She came to PHL in 2011 when she was named Deputy Director of Aviation, Finance and Administration. Previously, Ms. Cameron spent almost 13 years with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), which is responsible for operating and maintaining Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and the Dulles Toll Road, as well as constructing a 23-mile extension to the existing Washington, DC Metrorail System. During her tenure at MWAA, Ms. Cameron oversaw numerous financial and business departments for the Headquarters and at both Airports. Ms. Cameron’s experience also includes seven years as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force and one year as an Air Force civilian employee. Ms. Cameron holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery. She is a certified public accountant in the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia, and a member of the American Association of Aiport Executives. Chellie is the Finance Committee Chair of the Airports Council International - North America Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Directors for LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Philadelphia World Trade Center, Global Philadelphia, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and is a member of the Economic and Community Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and the Advisory Board for Select Greater Philadelphia.
Mrs. Kelly L. Campbell, A.A.E.
Executive Director, Aviation
Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport
Kelly Campbell is the Executive Director of Aviation at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB). Kelly graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997 and began employment with LBB in March of 2001 as the airport accountant. In September 2003, she was promoted to Deputy Director and in April 2014 became Executive Director. Kelly is active with both the national organization the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the South Central Chapter (SCC) of AAAE. Kelly also serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Commercial Airports Association.
Mr. Adolph J. Cieplenski, III, MBA, MHRM, ACE
Airport Emergency Administrator
Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas, NV
A.J. Cieplenski has worked for the Clark County Department of Aviation since 2009 and now serves as the Airport Emergency Administrator. He is responsible for identifying, assessing and developing effective solutions to address the ever-growing list of potential emergency situations. He served more than 22 years in the U.S. Air Force leading fighter aircraft maintenance and served eights years as an Airport Operations Coordinator at McCarran International Airport. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and two master’s degrees from DeVry’s Keller Graduate School of Management. He is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) with Airport Certified Employee (ACE) credentials in Airport Operations. A.J. can be contacted at email@example.com.
Mr. Richard S. Crider, A.A.E.
Executive Vice President
Port San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Rick is Executive Vice President, Airport/Railport & Military Relations at Port San Antonio, which resides on 1,900-acres of the former Kelly Air Force Base in southwestern San Antonio, TX. Port San Antonio is a logistics-based, technology and innovation, industrial platform home to some 80 companies and governmental agencies that employ 14,000 workers, representing more than $5 billion in annual local economic impact. A significant component of the Port San Antonio holdings is the civil facet of Kelly Field, a vibrant industrial aerospace base of aviation giants such as Boeing, Chromalloy, GDC Technics, SAFRAN and StandardAero. Aerospace and aerospace-related firms at Port San Antonio employ approximately 4,000 workers, most of whom specialize in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), specialized aircraft services, and research and development (R&D) activities. Rick currently serves on the AAAE Board of Directors. His previous affiliations and activities include: Past President of the South Central Chapter AAAE; AAAE Industrial Aviation/Military Relations Committee Chair; Commercial Pilot, Instrument and ME Rated; and Former Certified Flight Instructor. Rick is married to Joyce Crider and has three adult children - Philip, Danielle and Natalie.
Mr. James Elwood, A.A.E.
Jackson Hole Airport
Jim came to the Jackson Hole Airport in 2014. Before coming to Jackson, Jim was the director of Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO. While in Aspen he had significant accomplishments in improving the environmental stewardship of the airport. Prior to working in Aspen, Jim served as the Airport Manager in both Eagle County Airport and Pueblo Airport in Colorado. His many accomplishments in the industry include serving as Chair for the American Association of Airport Executives in 2008.
Mr. Justin Erbacci
Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles World Airports
Los Angeles, CA
Appointed as CEO by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in June 2020. Mr. Erbacci has oversight of Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports. His responsibilities involve managing more than $14 billion in programs to revolutionize how guests access the airport, to modernize all of LAX’s terminals and to significantly improve operations, retail, food and beverage and the overall guest experience. He also oversees programs to bring innovation and sustainability to VNY, one of the nation’s busiest general aviation airports. Mr. Erbacci oversees the largest airport police force in the United States, and works with his public safety team and outside government stakeholders to ensure the protection of the public and property. Prior to his full-time appointment, Mr. Erbacci served as Interim CEO for the first six months of 2020, where he guided LAWA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Erbacci also led the formulation of creative solutions to the significant fiscal pressures imposed on LAWA and its partners due to the sudden and dramatic downturn in travel. Mr. Erbacci previously served as LAWA’s Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Erbacci first joined LAWA in October 2016 as Chief Innovation and Technology Officer (CITO) and Deputy Executive Director.In January 2018, Mr. Erbacci’s role was expanded to Chief Innovation and Commercial Strategy Officer (CICSO) where, in addition to his previous role, he also sponsored and led the Terminal Development and Improvement Program and shaped commercial and business strategies. Mr. Erbacci brings more than 20 years of experience in global executive leadership from inside and outside of the aviation industry. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Vienna School of Economics/Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Law. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University of Chicago.
Mr. Charles J. Goodwin, A.A.E.
Director, Airport Operations & Aviation Business Services
Columbus Regional Airport Authority
Ms. Shannetta R. Griffin, P.E.
Associate Administrator for Airports
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
Ms. Griffin is a successful professional engineer with more than 35 years of proven managerial leadership, operational performance, project engineering, client relationship development, and small business advocacy within the private and public sectors of the transportation industry with an emphasis on aviation. Ms. Griffin has been responsible for multiple capital improvement programs valuing billions of dollars; and economic growth for commercial revenue with concessions, car rentals, airlines, cargo, and land development. Her significant advocacy towards business diversity and inclusion can be exemplified through increased firm growth, development, and valuable participation. Ms. Griffin received her degree from the University of Toledo and was the first African- American woman to graduate from the College of Civil Engineering. She enjoys inspiring the next generation of engineering students and professionals through mentoring, college recruiting and professional advising. Ms. Griffin has been a member of Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) since 1986 and is a current and past Board member, Chair of the AMAC Conference Planning Committee, Chair of the 30th Anniversary Committee, Chair of the Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference, member of the Government Affairs, Membership, National Conference Planning and Professional Development committees. She is a Past Chair of the Airport Council International- North America Business Diversity Committee, She is a past Board member of WTS International, and current Board member for the Franklin County Transportation Improvement District. She holds leadership positions and membership in many aviation, and business organizations such as American Association of Aviation Executives, WTS International, Professional Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Mayor of Columbus Disparity Study Business Advisory Committee and others. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ms. Griffin has been recognized by transportation and civic organization such as: Woman in Aviation Excellence – Legacy Award by Airport Minority Advisory Council, Women Who Move the Nation by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Member of the Year – WTS Michigan Chapter, Women of the Year by WTS - Columbus Chapter, Distinguished Alumni by the University of Toledo College of Civil Engineering, Corporate Professional of the Year by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and Achievement in Business and Industry award by the Indianapolis Center for Leadership Development (CLD) and Strathmore Who’s Who.
Ms. Heather Karch, AIA, LEED BD+C
Facilities & Infrastructure Architecture Manager
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Heather Karch is the Architecture Manager and ADA/Section 504 Coordinator at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), owned and operated by the Port of Seattle. She joined the Port of Seattle in 2016 and has been in her current role since 2018. She manages a team that develops and maintains the architecture, landscape, and signage standards for STIA, reviews projects through the design and construction process, manages architectural and signage assets, and is dedicated to improving all things related to architecture, accessibility, and visual environment at SEA. She is a LEED BD+C accredited professional and a licensed architect in Washington and Oregon. At SEA, we promise to create, through a passionate service culture, an elevated travel experience that’s inspired by the original nature of the Pacific Northwest.
Mr. Peter J. Kirsch, Esq.
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP
Peter Kirsch’s practice focuses on regulation and development of transportation infrastructure and other public sector projects. Peter represents clients ranging from local governments to the private sector and public interest groups in negotiations and litigation over land use entitlements, the environmental impacts of infrastructure projects, and compliance with federal transportation law and regulations. He litigates cases before administrative agencies, numerous state and federal trial and appellate courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He represents airport sponsors and local governments before Congress and federal administrative agencies. For 30 years, Peter has been involved in the development of airport infrastructure – including many of the new commercial airports in the United States as well as dozens of airport expansions, redevelopment projects, and development of land for non-aeronautical projects. He advises airports on financial matters, regulatory compliance, leasing, land use issues, environmental impacts, and relations with their host communities. He has litigated all of these issues in federal and state trial and appellate courts and in Part 16 proceedings before the FAA. Increasingly, Peter provides counsel to airports on creative and precedent-setting revenue-generating projects in the development of land and in concession arrangements. Public-private partnerships have become a focus on his practice in recent years, and he has represented both airports and private sector investors in airport management and development projects. For a wide range of infrastructure projects, Peter advises clients on compliance with federal environmental laws, with a particular focus on the National Environmental Policy Act and on the regulatory strings that come attached to federal funding of transportation infrastructure or use of federal lands.
Mr. David S. Lanter, A.A.E.
Director, Public Safety & Operations
Blue Grass Airport
Scott Lanter, A.A.E. is the Director of Public Safety and Operations at Blue Grass Airport. Employed by the airport since 1987, Scott has overall responsibility for providing and maintaining a safe, secure and operationally efficient environment for airport customers, employees, and other airport stakeholders. Scott is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire and Safety Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 228) and the Kentucky Justice Cabinet’s School of Strategic Leadership (Session 2). He became an Accredited Airport Executive in 2010.
Douglas E. Lavin
Vice President, Member and External Relations-North America
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Doug Lavin represents the interests of IATA’s 290 international airline members both in the United States and Canada and is the head of IATA’s Washington, D.C. office. He and his team address a number of issues impacting our member airlines, including safety, security, facilitation and environment, consumer protection and disability rights, economic regulation, charges, taxes, distribution and, today, all issues related to COVID-19 and the industry restart. Doug’s career has included work in both public and private sectors. He joined IATA from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where he was the Assistant Administrator for International Aviation from 2003 to 2005. Immediately prior to the FAA, Doug was Vice President of Portfolio Management for American Express. Doug is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law, where he was a member of the law review, and the University of New Hampshire.
Ms. Winsome A. Lenfert
Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
Winsome Lenfert was appointed Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports on February 1, 2017. The mission of the Airports organization is to provide leadership in planning and developing a safe and efficient national airport system. The office has responsibility for all programs related to airport safety and inspections, and standards for airport design, construction and operations (including international harmonization of airport standards). Each year, the office awards approximately $3.3 billion in airport grants and approves passenger facility charge collections totaling approximately $3 billion. The office is also responsible for national airport planning, as well as environmental and social requirements. The office establishes policies related to airport rates and charges, compliance with grant assurances and airport privatization. Winsome graduated from Indiana State University with a double major in Professional Pilot Technology and Aviation Administration with a minor in Business Administration and from Indiana University with a Masters in Public Affairs. She has a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating and held a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. She began her aviation career working for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) as Chief Airport Inspector. She began her career with the FAA as an Airport Certification Safety Inspector. Since then she has held many positions with the FAA including Airport Certification/Safety Specialist in Washington, DC; Community Planner for the O'Hare Modernization Program in Chicago, Illinois; Assistant Manager of the Detroit Airport District Office in Detroit, Michigan; and both Manager of Regional Operations and Director for the Airports Division Southern Region in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an active member of Indiana State University, Indiana University and Sigma Kappa Alumni Associations; and Women in Aviation International.
Mr. Ralph LePore
Deputy Director, Aviation
Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas, NV
Ralph LePore has worked for the Clark County Department of Aviation since 2001 and now serves as Deputy Director of Aviation. In this role he oversees a variety of functions at McCarran International Airport, including Terminal Operations, Landside Operations, and Security. Immediately prior to stepping into the Deputy Director role, LePore was Assistant Director of Aviation, Terminal Operations, overseeing passenger services, custodial operations and facility maintenance for more than 12 million square-feet of terminal space. Before joining the Department of Aviation team, LePore was a service professional in the Las Vegas resort industry. Among his diverse experiences in hotel, housekeeping, and facility operations, LePore played a vital role in the openings of two well-known hotel properties on the Las Vegas Strip, and he was named Manager of the Year in 1996 by the Las Vegas Chapter of the International Executive Housekeeper’s Association. Additionally, LePore has previously served as an affiliate faculty member at Regis University, where he taught courses in business management and accounting for more than 10 years. LePore earned a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University.
Mr. Lance L. Lyttle
Managing Director, Aviation
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Mr. Lyttle has a breadth of experience and depth of knowledge of airport operations, having worked in both Atlanta and Houston, and is well acclimated to the rigors of major airline competition. Lyttle brings fresh energy and perspectives to the role of Aviation Director at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). As the Chief Operating Officer for Houston’s three airports prior to joining the Port of Seattle Executive team, Lyttle is familiar with all aspects of operating major airports, including implementation of new ground base operations, terminal construction, introduction of new airline business, and finding continual improvements and efficiencies in all lines of business. He has extensive experience in spearheading strategic and business plan development. Lyttle is a growth-oriented executive who has led multi-year strategic development efforts with capital budgets in excess of $3 billion at Houston airports, and played a key role in the $6 billion development program in Atlanta. He is well versed in developing high performance organizations, business process re-engineering, ideas management and innovation, and implementing technologically complex projects. He has a Bachelor's degree in Physics and Computer Science from the University of the West Indies and a Master's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of the West Indies.
Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH,MRCVS
Senior Director, Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC)
Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, a Certified Forensic Operator® and Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®, is the Director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, and has more than 25 years of technical experience in responding to infectious disease outbreaks and emergency management and has worked with U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, and the private sector in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. For the COVID-19 pandemic, he conducted onsite biological risk assessments and provided “just-in-time” training on infection prevention and control, cleaning and disinfection, and safe working practices for frontline workers in hospital emergency departments, assisted-living and nursing homes, public transport workers, and hotel staff and other essential employees. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine and teaches three graduate courses on Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorist Emergencies. In 2014 he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching. He was the Director of Strategic Partnerships in Disaster Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine program in Boston. Dr. Macgregor-Skinner was invited and funded by the Nigerian Government to lead a team from the Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation to conduct seminars and training workshops and establish Hospital Ebola Isolation Suites. At the invitation of US State Departments of Health and local hospitals, he conducted onsite biological risk management assessments for highly infectious diseases including Ebola and seminars and workshops at hospitals in the States of California, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Tennessee, including Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He had three trips to West Africa for U.S. Government Agencies and United Nations Agencies treating Ebola patients and implementing whole community approaches for contact tracing and infection prevention in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, BBC, Canada CTV, Australia ABC, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise on High Consequence Pathogens such as Coronavirus, Ebola, Influenza, Measles, Cholera, Zika and other global health threats. After serving 12-years in the Australian and British militaries, he was selected by the U.K. Department for International Development for its Associate Professional Officer Scheme. He learned epidemiology as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, and was a global health fellow at USAID in Washington DC. His passion is engaging networks of experts who share knowledge and experiences to increase the global understanding of risk and preparedness, cultures of safety, and high reliability organizations.
Mr. Joseph G. Marana, A.A.E., ACE
Director, Operations & Facilities
Fort Wayne International Airport
Fort Wayne, IN
Joe Marana has worked for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority for 10 years. He oversees the maintenance, operations, and public safety departments for Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport. His many initiatives at the airport include assisting with the creation of an operations department, starting a new line of business as the airport’s sole Fixed Base Operator (FBO), numerous multi-million dollar federally funded projects, and currently working on a $50 million terminal expansion. Before moving to Fort Wayne, Joe worked at Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota. Joe has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Business Administration degree from Purdue University Fort Wayne. Joe received his pilot license at the University of North Dakota, is an Accredited Airport Executive, and is the President of the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. He has served on many regional and national AAAE Committees and is a Vice Chair of the Operations Safety Planning and Emergency Management Committee. Joe is also very involved in his community as a member of the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana and Leadership Fort Wayne. He also serves as vice-president on a local nonprofit board whose mission is to help individuals with barriers to employment.
Ms. Denise McElroy
Senior Manager, Airport Affairs
Denise McElroy is a Sr. Manager at Southwest Airlines with over 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. Ms. McElroy joined Southwest Airlines in 2006 as part of Corporate Facilities and has extensive experience delivering large airport projects. She was the SWA project manager on the $500M Dallas Love Field Modernization Program, the $150M Houston Hobby International Terminal Expansion and the $315M Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Terminal 1 Modernization Program. During her tenure in Corporate Facilities, she led a Team responsible for all facilities project management, planning, design and construction. She joined Airport Affairs in 2019 and leads a Team of Regional Mangers responsible for obtaining airport real estate business solutions which protect and advance SWA’s operational and commercial strategy at 50+ domestic and international airports . Ms. McElroy currently serves as board president for Shared Housing Center – a Dallas based non-profit which provides supportive living environments which foster independence to meet the needs of homeless and near homeless women and children. She has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration.
Mr. Marc McGrady
Vice President, Finance
Carlyle Airport Group
New York, NY
Marc McGrady is a Vice President of Finance/Project Development and founding principal at CAG Holdings, The Carlyle Group’s dedicated US-based platform for airport infrastructure investment opportunities. Mr. McGrady is based in Washington, DC managing all financial aspects of the redevelopment of $7.4bn Terminal One at JFK International Airport. Prior to CAG, Mr. McGrady was a Vice President at Citigroup advising US airports, airlines and private airport operators. He has over $12 billion of airport financing experience, including the LaGuardia Gateway Partners’ $2.4bn financing to redevelop LGA’s Central Terminal. He holds a degree in Finance from University of Florida.
Ms. Tambre C. Moten, MSODL, SHRM-SCP
ADA Program Manager, Aviation Risk & Regulatory Compliance
Tambre Moten is Houston Airport System’s Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 Program Manager. Tambre has been charged with the responsibility of administering the HAS Airport Disability Compliance Program to ensure all regulatory requirements are met so that travelers with disabilities have equal access to all of the services, programs and activities that HAS provides to travelers. A Navy Veteran with over 18 years of service, Tambre’s interest and appreciation for Aviation sparked while serving as an Airman on the Abraham Lincoln Aircraft Carrier. She earned her Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist pin while on duty with the Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron. After leaving the US Navy, Tambre earned her Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word. Tambre has been an HAS team member since 2018 and previously served as one of a HAS' Human Resources Business Partners, primarily assisting Hobby International and Ellington Airport. Tambre is a Senior Certified Professional by the Society of Human Resources Management and a certified Title II Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator with advanced certifications in Business and Employment. Tambre has earned several certifications in Accessibility such as the Airport Council International - Certificate in Airport Accessibility. Tambre hopes to earn her AAAE in the near future. Tambre enjoys spending her spare time with her family, gardening, camping and grilling.
Mr. Jeffrey A. Mulder, A.A.E.
Senior Consultant, Infrastructure/Strategic Consulting
Cape Coral, FL
Jeff is a Senior Consultant with Woolpert, and has more than 30 years of aviation and transportation experience including 20 years as a CEO at three airports, and Director of Transportation and Infrastructure for City of Tulsa. He is a past National Chairman of American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, and was nominated 2016 Airport Revenue News Airport Director of the Year. He is also a commercial multi-engine pilot and flight instructor.
Mr. Patrick Murray
Executive Vice President
SSP America, Inc.
Pat Murray is SSP America’s Executive Vice President and is charged with developing and growing the company’s portfolio across North America. Pat oversees a division responsible for business development, design & construction, brands & concepts, strategic partnerships and, corporate marketing and communications. Pat has been an instrumental force in realizing SSP America’s vision of delivering a ‘taste of place’ to North American airports, driven by SSP’s strong alliance of award-winning local brands, impassioned culinary professionals and leading restauranteurs. Pat is also recognized for spearheading unique strategic partnership models that have helped to drive innovation and transform business development within the travel food and beverage industry. His leadership and extraordinary commitment to the industry have been integral to SSP America’s dramatic and continued growth. Pat’s background in restaurant management and concept development prepared him well for the multi-discipline environment of the food and beverage travel arena. Pat began his hospitality career with Al Copeland Investments at Copeland’s of New Orleans, where he rose through the ranks from entry-level manager to senior vice president of operations. During his 14-year tenure with the organization, Copeland’s grew from 8 restaurants in 3 states to 55 restaurants in 13 states. Pat then served as Director of Concept Development at HMSHost before joining SSP America. Pat holds a Bachelor Degree in Government, U.S. Foreign Policy from Cornell University.
Mr. Amit Rikhy
Chief Executive Officer
Carlyle Airport Group
Amit’s airport investment and management career spans over 25 years, having worked on over 50 airport P3 transactions globally. He is the former President and CEO of CCR USA, CCR Group’s international subsidiary. Prior to CCR USA, he was founder and CEO of Sigma Infrastructure Partners, and Senior Vice President at Airports Worldwide and Director on all of AW’s airport boards, including as Chairman of TBI US, an airport portfolio that included five management contracts at US airports (e.g., Atlanta Hartsfield, Burbank) and a long-term lease at Orlando Sanford, one of the first US airport P3s. His experience also includes leading airport transactions in US and globally for Vantage Airport Group and Airport Group International. He has been directly involved in a number of key US P3 airport transactions including Chicago Midway, LaGuardia, Stewart, and Indianapolis. Amit holds a degree in Economics from University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Business with a concentration in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.
Mrs. Yvette A. Rose
Senior Vice President
Cargo Airline Association
As the Senior Vice President for the Cargo Airline Association, Yvette Rose is an advocate for the all-cargo air carrier industry, specializing in monitoring regulatory activity in the safety and security area and participating in government/industry working groups. Yvette started her career with the Cargo Airline Association in 1994; she was promoted to Vice President in 1998 and Senior Vice President in 2004. Yvette graduated from the University of Maryland, School of Business and the Capital University Law School. She is a member of the Maryland Bar. In 2017, she was appointed Chair of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC). Yvette also serves as the President of the Aero Club Foundation of Washington. Yvette resides in Maryland with her husband and two sons.
Mr. Atif Saeed, A.A.E., IAP
Chief Financial Officer
Metropolitan Airports Commission
Atif Saeed has served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) since November 2019. In this role, Atif oversees and manages two divisions: Finance & Revenue Development and Human Resources & Labor Relations. He also serves as the Commission’s Treasurer. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President - Finance and Revenue Development. Atif joined the MAC in June 2015 as Assistant Director –Landside, overseeing MSP Airport's parking and ground transportation operations. Prior to the MAC, he held management positions with Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and the City of Minneapolis. Atif earned his MBA from Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business. He also completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Atif is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) and holds the International Airport Professional (IAP) designation from Airport Council International (ACI).
Mr. Stephen Scarbrough, CISSP
Steve Scarbrough CISSP, AKA Scribbs to his friends and colleagues, is IntelliGenesis’ Chief Technologist. When company leadership or peers need a solution to a technical demand, he develops the plan to resolve the need. Scribbs has over 30 years in the Intelligence Community focused on Computer Network Operations, Data Science, Research and Discovery Operations, Training and Cyber-Physical Threat Discovery and Mitigation.
New York Times Bestselling Author
Kim Scott is the author of "Just Work: Get *t Done Fast and Fair" as well as "Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity". She co-founded two companies that help organizations put the ideas in her books into practice. Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and other tech companies. Kim previously held leadership roles at Apple and Google. Earlier in her career Kim managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo and started a diamond-cutting factory in Moscow.
Ms. Amy Shaw
Commercial Business Development Manager
Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas, NV
As Manager of Commercial Business/Development for the Clark County Department of Aviation, Amy Shaw manages the concessions program, car rentals, as well as the ACDBE/DBE and Small Business program at McCarran International Airport. She has over 30 years of experience in diversity programs and the airport concession industry including planning, development, implementation and management of concession programs at Denver International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.
Mr. Broutin Sherrill
Broutin serves as a Vice President and Aviation Regional Service Group Leader at RS&H. In this capacity, he advocates for providing a safe environment for planes and people, drawing on a background in Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as being a licensed Private Pilot. A skilled civil engineer and project manager, Broutin has more than 26 years of experience across multiple aviation disciplines. His experience encompasses all phases of airport engineering, planning, environmental, terminal, and other building type projects. For the past year, Broutin has been serving as a conduit to help the industry adapt to the pandemic and represents RS&H as a Development Leader in the Terminal Planning Working Group for AAAE’s Airport Consortium on Consumer Trust Program – ACT.
Mr. Eric T. Smith
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP
Eric Smith is a partner in the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell which is the largest law firm in the U.S. that represents airports. Mr. Smith represents airport owners and operators of all sizes across the United States, providing legal and practical counsel on a full spectrum of issues that range from drafting large-scale operating agreements, to acquiring federal assistance for obtaining and maintaining air carrier service, to securing federal grants for physical improvements to the airport. Eric has extensive experience structuring and negotiating complex business arrangements, both in the distressed and non-distressed business contexts. He has acted as lead counsel for U.S. airports on many large-scale concession agreements. Eric’s bankruptcy experience is extensive, having represented debtors, and a wide-array of creditors (including large banks, landlords, and airports), in Chapter 11 proceedings all across the United States. He has particular expertise in representing airport operators and aircraft owners and lessees in airline bankruptcies having been deeply involved in all post-9/11 airline bankruptcy cases and has served as counsel to airports of all sizes in those cases. Most recently, he has represented several large consortia of airports in the Advantage/EZ Rental Car and Hertz bankruptcies. Eric as an experienced litigator, he is also well equipped to handle airport-based litigation, whether it is suits brought by airlines, tenants, or property owners. His practice covers regulatory and litigation matters proceedings before the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and in cases filed in both the state and federal courts. Additionally, he is also experienced in labor and employment matters and assists airports in navigating the myriad of issues involving on-airport employment matters, including labor peace agreements, prevailing wage ordinances, and how those issues may impact concessions programs, such as ACDBE programs.
Ms. Cathryn Stephens, A.A.E.
Acting Airport Director
Cathryn Stephens came to the Eugene Airport in January 2007 where she now holds the position of Acting Airport Director. Previously she held the position of Assistant Airport Director overseeing the day-to-day operation of EUG including Operations, Maintenance and Security; Project Management; and Airport Services. An Accredited Airport Executive, Cathryn serves as Chair of the AAAE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and Co-Chair of the ACT Working Group: HVAC. She is a past president of the Northwest Chapter of AAAE and a past president of the Oregon Airport Management Association. Cathryn serves on the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, the Springfield Area Chamber Economic Development Committee, and as an ex officio member of the Travel Lane County Board of Directors. Prior to her work in the aviation industry, Cathryn worked for 16-years in television news as a reporter, anchor, producer, and photographer, in addition to some work in radio and newspaper. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University and a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon. She lives in Eugene with her husband and two children, enjoys travel for both business and pleasure, and has absolutely no fear of flying.
Mr. Drew Sullins
Program Manager & Director, Texas Operations
Drew Sullins is a cybersecurity program manager with IntelliGenesis LLC based in Columbia, Maryland. He currently manages IntelliGenesis’ defensive cyber operations contract with the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) at Fort Meade, Maryland and the company’s efforts in San Antonio, Texas with government clients. Drew is a retired U.S. Army colonel with 34 years of military service. During his military career, he participated in multiple operational deployments overseas and served at the Pentagon working as a strategic planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Army staff. In addition to his military and cybersecurity experience, Drew is also a private pilot and general aviation aircraft owner with familiarity in airport operations. He is a graduate of Texas State University and has master’s degrees from the University of Maryland and U.S. Army War College. He also has a certificate in Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard University.
Ms. Courtney C. Thornton
Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development
Hudson A Dufry Company
East Rutherford, NJ
Courtney C. Thornton, is the Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development for Hudson. She assumes this role after leading Hudson’s Partner Relations & Business Diversity team, an integral part of the Business Development department, since 2014. She is known for her passion and advocacy on behalf of women and minority owned businesses and has developed a broad and deep respect within the organization and nationally in the airport industry. She is currently a key leader on Hudson’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a permanent advisory committee to Hudson’s leadership team. She recently completed a three-year term on Airport Council International – North America (‘ACI-NA”) Business Diversity Committee’s Steering Group; and previously served as the Southwest Regional Director-At-Large Board Member for the industry Airport Minority Advisory Council (“AMAC”). In 2019 she led the effort with Hudson’s business partners to raise money for the AMAC Foundation’s scholarship program and received the 2019 Inclusive Leader Award. In 2015 she served as AMAC’s National Conference Chairperson in Fort Lauderdale and received the 2016 AMAC Catalyst Chairman’s Award. This year she received the 2021 AMAC Advocate of the Year Award. Prior to joining Hudson, she served as In House Legal Counsel and Deputy Director of Legal Affairs to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport for sixteen (16) years. In this capacity, she gained considerable experience in airport concessions. Thornton is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and studied abroad in Moscow, Russia before obtaining a Juris Doctorate Law Degree from Loyola University College of Law. She completed the New Orleans Regional Leadership Council and is a current member of The Links Incorporated, New Orleans Chapter. Professional associations include the Louisiana State Bar Association and airport industry organizations. She regularly moderates panels and participates in industry workshops. She is married to Dr. Roderick Thornton and together they have three (3) children.
Dr. Stephen D. Van Beek
Director & Head of North American Aviation
Stephen D. Van Beek, Ph.D. is Director and Head of North American Aviation for Steer, a global transportation management consultancy headquartered in London. Steve leads consulting practices for airports and commercial clients in the areas of airport strategic and business planning, public policy, airport governance, and financial advisory, including public-private-partnerships. Steer is currently supporting a variety of ground transportation and commercial revenue projects for major airports, including Boston, Denver, and Hollywood-Burbank. Steve previously served in a variety of capacities, including as Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Executive Vice President for Policy ACI-NA, and as the President/CEO of the Eno Transportation Foundation. He continues to serve as a Senior Transport Advisor to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels where he advises on emergency preparedness and response, and is a past member of the FAA Management Advisory Committee where he authored the committee’s report recommending reform of the FAA and its programs. Steve holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
VAN BEEK, STEPHEN
Ms. Rosemary A. Vassiliadis, C.M.
Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas, NV
Rosemary A. Vassiliadis is the Director of Aviation for Clark County, Nevada, having been appointed to lead the department in 2013. In addition to directing all operations at McCarran International Airport, she oversees four general aviation airports in Southern Nevada. Vassiliadis manages a staff of nearly 1,300 employees and directs an airport system that directly employs more than 13,000 people. Prior to taking over the Department of Aviation, Vassiliadis served as its deputy director, giving her more than two decades in aviation leadership. Vassiliadis has been active in aviation and tourism issues and events nationally and internationally. She is currently on the board of the American Association of Airport Executives, and is regularly invited to speak and participate at numerous tourism industry conferences both domestically and internationally. She recently completed an extended term on the board of the U.S. Travel Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group that promotes American travel interests both domestically and worldwide. She has also served on several committees for Airports Council International.
Ms. Regine Weston, P.E.
Americas Airport Planning Leader
Regine Weston is a registered Professional Consulting Engineer and an internationally recognized expert in airport planning and systems analysis. With over 35 years of experience specializing in terminal and apron capacity/demand analyses, forecasting and facilities programming, and strategic airport development, Regine has been responsible for the planning of airport projects on all habitable continents. Recently, many of Regine’s projects have focused on the special requirements of airline hub facilities and optimizing facilities to balance passenger experience with capital expenditure. She has worked at over 50 airports throughout the globe including JFK International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Dubai International Airport.
Mr. David Wilson
Director, Airport Innovation
Port of Seattle
Dave Wilson is the Director, Airport Innovation at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). He investigates emerging technologies to determine their benefit to the Airport’s mission. He leads a team tasked with incubating employee innovation with a “Shark Tank” process and crowdsourced innovation challenges. Dave’s team also supports airline and passenger special systems including biometric air exit. He is a former Co-Chair of the AAAE innovation Accelerator Program and 2016 Chair of the ACI Business Information Technology (BIT) Committee.
Mr. Ryan Yakubik, CFA
EY Infrastructure Advisors, LLC.
Los Angeles, CA
Ryan advises public sector airport and other transportation clients on strategic, commercial, financial and procurement aspects of delivering large, complicated infrastructure projects in the United States. Prior to joining EYIA, Ryan spent 15 years at Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency responsible for the management and operation of Los Angeles International Airport, where he served most recently as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer. In addition to providing guidance on key commercial aspects of LAX’s business initiatives and $15 billion capital development program, he also oversaw all financial and accounting operations of the department, including financial reporting and grants management. Prior to his work in infrastructure, Ryan spent 8 years in the financial services industry, managing bond portfolios for pension fund, foundation and endowment clients.
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