Alexander Pfurr, President & CEO of thyssenkrupp Airport Systems Inc.

Alexander Pfurr is Chief Executive Officer at the Airport Division of thyssenkrupp Access Solutions, one of the world´s leading providers for mobility solutions. He has worked for the past 20 years at different divisions of thyssenkrupp Elevator in leadership roles in General Management, Service Operations, sales, marketing, business development and strategy. His educational background has […]

Bakari Brock, Senior Director, Business Operations, Lyft

Bakari joined Lyft as Director of Business Development in 2014 and now serves as the Senior Director of U.S. Operations; leading the airports and venues team. Bakari began his tech career at Google where he was corporate counsel for YouTube after practicing as an associate in intellectual property with a focus in copyright litigation. He […]

Balram Bheodari, Deputy General Manager, Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Balram Bheodari is the deputy general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. With 30 years of aviation industry experience, Bheodari oversees public safety and security; operations, maintenance and transportation; and sustainability, asset management and facilities. Bheodari rejoined the Hartsfield-Jackson leadership team in 2016 after a stint as the chief operating officer (COO) for the Houston […]

Barry Rempel, President & CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority

Barry Rempel has served as President & CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. since April, 2002. Under his leadership, the airport campus has transformed to include Canada’s newest and greenest air terminal, and tenants such as Greyhound, Canada Post, StandardAero and General Electric, leading the development of Winnipeg as an Airport City. Barry currently serves […]

Brent Cagle, Aviation Director, Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Bruno Basetto, Commercial External Areas Manager, Infraero (Brazil)

Candace McGraw, CEO, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Carol Ward, Editor, Airport Revenue News

Chip Gentry, Vice President, Air Service Development, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and the Montgomery Airport Authority

Chris Curry, Director of Aviation, Tallahassee International Airport

Chris Curry assumed leadership of the Tallahassee International Airport in January 2014. Upon his appointment to the position he placed airline recruitment, terminal modernization, guiding the airport’s expansion program and the transition of the Airport from a Regional to International facility at the top of his priorities. Mr. Curry started his aviation career in the […]

Chris LeTourneur, President & CEO, MXD Development Strategists

Chris has over twenty-five years of experience in Planning, Design, Land Economics and Airport Area Development. As President and CEO, Chris leads MXD Development Strategists (, an International Planning & Development Consultancy. Chris’ project portfolio spans over six continents and 50 countries including the Americas, Europe, Russia, Australia, Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East/MENA […]

Christopher Blasie

Just recently, Chris joined the Airlines for America family, as a passenger experience “guru” as he is a strong advocate for airlines and airports. As a veteran in the aviation industry, Chris works closely with facilitating the development of procedures that enhance the passenger experience, improve efficiency and reduce costs, such as the adoption of […]

Daivd Stewart

David Stewart has over 30 years’ experience in airport master planning, terminal area planning and design on major international airport projects in North America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe. He has been responsible for the management of a wide range of airport projects from specialised studies for component infrastructure to world-class airport “mega-projects”. […]

Daniel Boivin, Chair of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC)

Daniel Burkard, Director Non-Aviation Development, Adviser for External & Internat. Relations, Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME)

Daniel Burkard, born in Munich, worked in airport- and airline business and advertising. British Airways brought him to Moscow where he has been responsible for the airline’s activities across Eastern Europe. In 2005 Daniel created the “Domodedovo Airport Development Company” as part of the East Line group. Later he worked as director for aviation business […]

Darryl Jones, Chief Real Estate Officer, Denver International Airport

Darryl Jones was named chief real estate officer and executive vice president of Denver International Airport in June 2016. He is responsible for the continued development and economic expansion of the airport’s real estate program. The program includes the transit-oriented communities at two on-airport, commuter rail stations, and the 1,500-acre commercial-use pilot program, ratified by […]

David Edwards

DAVID N. EDWARDS, JR. has over twenty-five years’ experience in airport management with strong credentials in the areas of business development, properties, governmental affairs, operations, and international marketing. Mr. Edwards has served as the President/CEO of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District since July 2009. He is responsible for the overall administration and development of the Greenville-Spartanburg […]

Deepak Aatresh

Deepak is the founder and visionary behind Aditazz. His idea to borrow and learn from integrated circuit and chip design technologies was the impetus behind the development of a similar approach to the design and construction of complex buildings. Deepak’s vision has led Aditazz to develop a SaaS (software as a service) Platform that applies […]

Dewayne Washington, 2016 AACTION President, Information Technology Services, Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport

Dom Nessi, Airport Technology Consultant, Aerotech Partners

Dominic Nessi is a senior technology consultant with Burns Engineering and the principal of AeroTech Partners. . Mr. Nessi is the former Deputy Executive Director and the Chief Information Officer for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).  He held that position from September 2007 to March 2016. Mr. Nessi is expert in numerous airport related areas […]

Ed Jankowski, CEO, XpresSpa

Ed Jankowski, a seasoned retail executive, is currently the C.E.O for XpresSpa, a division of FORM Holdings, a Publically Traded Company. XpresSpa is the Largest Airport Spa business in the world with over 53 locations throughout North America, Amsterdam and Dubai. He previously served as a Board Director at the company where he assisted in […]

Elisabeth Le Masson, Delegate for Sustainable Development, Aéroports de Paris. Member of the Board of Directors, Hubstart Paris Region® Alliance

Elisabeth Le Masson has been nominated “Delegate for Economic promotion and jobs creation” of Groupe ADP since January 2016. Previously she was Delegate for Sustainable development for Paris – Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Le Bourget airports from 2007 to 2015. In her 30+ years of working with Aéroports de Paris, she held numerous managerial positions […]

Enrique M. Melendez, Vice-President, Business Development – Airports, Leidos

Mr. Melendez brings over 30 years of airport technology related subject matter expertise with strong operations understanding. Enrique has worked globally at world-class airports. Mr. Melendez has worked closely with airlines, FAA, and DHS fielding a variety of first of its kind solutions involving RFID, Data Link, Air-Exit Biometrics applications, Trusted Traveler programs, common use […]

Eric Peterson, President, Alliance

Fewster, George

George Fewster worked in sales and marketing in the Canadian book publishing industry before joining Paradies Lagardère (then HDS Retail North America) in 2006. After seven years in merchandising – buying books, press, Duty Free, and branded specialty concepts such as Hugo Boss and Hudson’s Bay Company – George transitioned to business development. He now […]

Filipe Pereira dos Reis, Regional Director, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, The Americas

Filipe joined IATA in 2003 as Country Manager for Brazil. Filipe has a bachelor degree in economics and concluded his Masters in Administration at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2010. With more than 25 years’ experience in the civil aviation sector, Filipe started his career as a trainee at Lufthansa German Airlines. […]

Forrest M. Swonsen, Associate Vice President Airport Systems & Services, TransCore’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Group

As leader of TransCore’s Airport Systems & Services business market, Forrest is responsible for implementing strategies that support the adoption and use of RFID and ITS technology in both air and landside operations. At TransCore, Forrest played a key role in several groundbreaking, industry milestones, including the installation of the world’s first use of RFID […]

Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow of the New Cities Foundation

Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation — where he leads the Connected Mobility Initiative  — and the director of strategy for LACoMotion, a new mobility festival coming to the Arts District of Los Angeles in November 2017. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of […]

Gregg Wollard, Manager, Department of Planning.Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Gregory C. Owens, Assistant Director of Business Retention and Development, Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD)

Gregory C. Owens serves as Assistant Director of Business Retention and Development for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD), overseeing the Commercial Operations, Hospitality, Marketing and Real Estate Management divisions for MIA and the County’s four General Aviation airports. Previously at MDAD, Owens served as Division Director for Real Estate Management, Coordinator of the $1.3 billion […]

Haley Gentry, Assistant Aviation Director, Business and Revenue, Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Huntley Lawrence, Director of Aviation, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Ingrid Hairston, Director, Business Development, ‎Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Jack Christine, COO, Charlotte Douglas International Airpot

Jerry Johnson, President/CEO, Energy Management Collaborative

Jerry Schwinghammer, Assistant Aviation Director – Technology, Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Jesus Saenz, Chief Operating Officer, Houston Airport System

Joel Long

Joel Long is CEO and Co-owner of GSM Services, a 90-year old residential and commercial heating, cooling, insulation and roofing company, and he serves as Chairman of the Greater Gaston Development Corporation (GGDC). He is engaged in a number of other community organizations, and is currently on the Board of BB&T (Advisory Board) and the […]

John Terrell, Vice President Commercial Development, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Jon Abeln

Jon is responsible for working closely with Clear Channel Airports’ larger airport partners, serving as the point person for new business development opportunities, airport relations and in the renegotiation of existing airport agreements. He is instrumental in developing technology-driven designs that substantially grow revenues. Recent airport successes include HNL, IAD, DCA and BNA. He analyzes […]

Jon Tuley, Principal Planner, Atlanta Regional Commission

Karen W. Ellis, Chief Customer Experience Officer, San Antonio International Airport

Karen W. Ellis serves as the Chief Customer Experience Officer for the San Antonio International Airport System which comprises the San Antonio International Airport and Stinson Municipal Airport. Karen has almost 20 years of leadership and customer service experience in the Aviation industry by serving with the following airports; the Houston Airport System, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta […]

Kris Russell

Kris is an Environmental Program Manager at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport responsible for the Sustainability and Climate Protection programs. He received a B.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of North Texas. In addition to over 16 years of aviation air […]

Krischke, Greg

Mayor Krischke began his fourth term as Mayor in November of 2013. Prior to becoming Mayor in 2004, he served as a Councillor for 9 years. Greg graduated from the University of Alberta in 1975 with a Bachelor of Physical Education Degree. Prior to his election to Leduc City Council in 1995, he held several […]

Lance Lyttle, Managing Director, Aviation – Port of Seattle

Lee, Michael

Michael A. Lee, I.A.P., serves as the Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA). Michael joined MNAA in March of 2014 as Assistant Vice President, Business Services and Strategic Initiatives and was named to his current position in January of 2016. Prior to MNAA he served in various roles with […]

Manik Arora, President & CEO, Arora Engineers, Inc

Marcus Session

Marcus Session is the Vice President of Information Technology Services for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) where his passion for technology and innovation are guiding the Aviation Authority’s initiatives through their digital transformation. He is responsible for leading technology initiatives at the organization including Cyber Security, IT Operations, and IT Applications. He has nineteen […]

Mari Peltomkai, Chief Executive Officer, Connectivity Expert, Art Palace

Mari has over ten years of experience of Finland’s most successful public-private-partnership, Airport City Aviapolis, around Helsinki Airport. As former Project Manager she has driven the vision based on value of connectivity for all stake holders. Through a joint effort in branding and developing Aviapolis is emerging into a new leading Nordic business destination. She […]

Mark Arend, Editor in Chief, Site Selection Magazine

Mayor Greg Krischke, City of Leduc/ Myron Keehn, Vice President, Commercial Development, Edmonton International Airport

Michael Lee, Chief Commercial Officer, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

Mike Hill, Chief Financial Officer, Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Mitch Weber, Principal/Owner, HEFFNER & WEBER COMPANIES- BWI Aerotropolis

Mr. Weber joined HEFFNER & WEBER, a full service Real Estate Development- Design Build-Construction / Property Management firm founded in 1965 following his magna cum laude graduation in 1977 from Rensselaer with Bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Building Science and minor in Business Administration. Mentored to assume management of the Company’s design, development and construction […]

Monica Lombrana

Monica Lombraña is the Director of Aviation for the El Paso International Airport and has been in this position since March 2009 and with the Airport since October 2004. As Director of Aviation, Ms. Lombraña oversees all aspects of the management, development, operation and maintenance of El Paso International Airport. Ms. Lombraña has been employed […]

Myron Keehn, Vice President, Commercial Development, Edmonton International Airport

Nancy Knipp

Nancy Knipp was appointed Sr. Vice President at Airport Lounge Development (ALD) in October 2013.  In this role she oversees all aspects of the company’s strategic network growth, marketing and sales efforts, financial performance, and identifies and negotiates partnership opportunities. Prior to joining ALD, Knipp worked at American Airlines for over three decades. Joining the […]

Nick Valencia, Correspondent, CNN

Nick Valencia is a CNN correspondent based out of the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. As a general assignment correspondent, Valencia has been on the frontline of some of the biggest breaking news stories. In 2015, his reports included coverage of the Baltimore riots after the death of Freddie Gray; the historic removal of the […]

Phil Burke, ‎Director of MSP Operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), Metropolitan Airports Commission

Phil Burke is the Director of MSP Operations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), the largest of seven airports owned and operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Phil joined the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) in 2001 in the Commercial Management and Airline Affairs department. Three years later, he was named the Assistant Director of […]

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge has been the Director of St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) since January 2010. The Airport is the primary air carrier facility for the St. Louis region handling more than 14 million passengers annually. She is also Chairwoman of the 17-member St. Louis Airport Commission. Prior to STL, Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge logged over 25 […]

Roosevelt Council, Airport General Manager, Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Sanjay Khanna, Chief Commercial Officer, Mumbai International Airport

Sevda Fevzi

As Manager, ASQ Strategic Marketing at Airports Council International (ACI) World, Sevda Fevzi is responsible for managing the marketing plans and business development for the organization’s worldwide Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme. As part of her role, she spearheads ASQ’s brand marketing, media plan & communication plans, and ongoing global business development for all ASQ […]

Shane Harbinson

Shane Harbinson serves as Assistant Director-Airport Development and Environmental Programs for the City of Austin, Department of Aviation. Shane assists the Executive Director in the development of policies, procedures and strategies to accomplish ABIA’s organizational goals and objectives. Shane joined the staff at ABIA in April 1999 to serve as an Airport Operations Coordinator. Since […]

Shannetta Griffin, Senior Director of Planning and Development, Indianapolis Airport Authority

Shelley Lamar, Executive Director, Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance

Stanis Smith

Stanis Smith oversees Stantec’s Airport Group, as well as Stantec’s Creativity and Innovation Program. Born and educated in South Africa, Stanis is an Architect and the former CEO of Architectura, one of Canada’s premiere design firms. In 2003 Architectura was acquired by Stantec, and Stanis led the charge to grow Stantec’s Buildings Group to its […]

Steven Brian, Aviation Program Manager, Georgia Department of Transportation

Stuart Hair, Economics Affairs Manager, Charlotte- Douglas International Airport

Todd Ernst, Director, Aviation Infrastructure, Energy & Environment, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Todd’s current position with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is Director Aviation Infrastructure, Energy and Environment. Prior to joining the GTAA Todd was Director with North America’s largest company solely dedicated to energy efficiency, CLEAResult. He led delivery of the Ontario-wide industrial energy efficiency programs on behalf of the Ontario Power Authority. Todd began […]

Tracy Davis

Tracy Davis is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Infax, Inc. Tracy has almost a decade of professional experience in sales, marketing, business development, data analysis and software systems integration. She leads a team of sales and marketing associates across four vertical markets that incorporate over ten different software applications. Tracy has […]

Udo Braderson, Environmental Manager, Hamburg International Airport

Washington, Dewayne

Dewayne Washington is a seasoned Business Intelligence and Analytics professional with over 2 decades of experience in the space. Dewayne is the current CIO of the Business of Intelligence (a firm dedicated to the advancement of data analytics) He is the Former Sr. Manager of BI for DFW Airport, Former CIO of the National NAACP, […]

Zenola Campbell, Vice President, DFW Airport

Zenola Campbell serves as the Vice President of Concessions at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. Mrs. Campbell develops strategies that focus on maximizing revenues in passenger-related concessions, advertising, rental cars, sponsorships and related revenues within the Airport terminals, including passenger services enhancements and telecommunications. Prior to DFW Airport, Mrs. Campbell’s extensive knowledge and background […]