Invitation from Conference Host

TO: 2020 F. Russell Hoyt National Airports Conference Attendees
FROM: Greg B. Kelly, A.A.E., Executive Director, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
DATE: February 27, 2020
SUBJECT: Welcome to Savannah

 

The City of Savannah and the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport are proud, once again, to host the F. Russell Hoyt National Airports Conference (NAC). It's hard to believe it has been five years since NAC was last here in SA V. That was a great conference, and we are working closely with AAAE staff, Perry Miller, and his Planning Committee to ensure this conference is every bit as good as that conference was.

As many of you know, Savannah is a great place to have a conference. It's fun, interesting, enjoyable, and very walkable. It's an old city established in 1733 and one of the few Southern cities that was not destroyed during the Civil War, so lots of history. Oh, and there are plenty of bars.

The F. Russell Hoyt National Airports Conference (NAC) holds a special place in my thirty­year career in this profession. The NAC was the first conference I ever attended as an airport employee; that was way back in 1990. The conference was in Dallas, and I remember being very impressed with the meetings, work sessions, and the close interaction with other airport professionals from all over the country.

I also remember the social aspect of the conference. Meeting new people, and then heading to the West End, and then struggling to make the first session in the morning. Now thirty years later, I am glad to see these characteristics of the NAC still exist. This is the one National Conference you can attend that is not so big that you get lost in the crowd. You can take the time to meet new colleagues and meet with old friends. Be sure to take the time to meet new people. You may meet a lifelong friend and colleague.

Remember, at the end of the day, the airport management world is a small one. The NAC is designed with that in mind. I am sure if he were alive today, F. Russell Hoyt will be pleased to have his name associated with this annual event. So, enjoy the conference, enjoy Savannah, enjoy your peers, and when you go out to have a drink at one of our many bars, raise your glass to F. Russell Hoyt. We all owe a lot to him.