UAM Development: Opportunities and Challenges: Tuesday, September 14 11:00 am

Rex Alexander

President
Five-Alpha LLC

A 40-year veteran of military, general and commercial aviation, Rex is the co-founder and president of Five-Alpha (5α) LLC, a globally recognized aeronautical consultancy specialized in helicopter and powered
lift infrastructure development, safety, training, and education. He currently serves as Infrastructure Advisor to the Vertical Flight Society, is Co-chair of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team’s (USHST) Infrastructure Working Group and is a committee member on the National Fire Protection (NFPA) 418, Standard for Heliports. He is also a platform instructor at the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he teaches heliport accident investigation techniques and in 2010 was one of a select group of experts that assisted in developing the “Heliport Evaluation Training Course” for FAA and DOT inspectors. He is past president of the National EMS Pilots Associating (NEMSPA) and past president of the Indiana Association of Air Medical Services (INAAMS). Rex is an alumnus of Parks College of Aviation and is a former U.S. Army Warrant Officer and ‘Aeroscout’ Helicopter Pilot and Instructor Pilot having served both on active duty and in the Indiana Army National Guard.
The Role of Airports in Economic Development Part l & ll: Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm and 2:45 pm

Grayson Ardies

State Director of Aeronautics
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Grayson Ardies has been the Oklahoma State Director of Aeronautics since November 2020. The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission's mission is to promote aviation and aerospace, which includes fostering the growth of the aerospace industry and ensuring that the needs of commerce and communities across Oklahoma are met by the 108 public airports that comprise the state’s air transportation system. Ardies emphasis is on promoting the aerospace industry, one of the state’s largest industries and top employers; critical planning and development for the state’s air transportation system; making the state’s 49 regional business airports the best possible economic centers in their communities; and encouraging public-private partnerships to promote the aerospace industry.
Ardies began working for the Commission in 2009 as an intern. Rising through the ranks, he became the lone 5010 airport inspector as an Aviation Program Manager, conducting airport and pavement inspections at Oklahoma’s public-use, general aviation airports to provide each community with a foundation for the federal and state capital planning process. In 2016 he became Manager of the Airport Division to oversee the development of the Commission’s Five-year Airport Construction Program which directs approximately $25 million of federal, state, and local funding per year. He was responsible for airport inspections, airspace zoning reviews in accordance with the State’s Aircraft Pilot and Passenger Protection Act, the state’s anemometer tower marking law, and providing assistance to airports with their development, operation, and technical documents. Ardies served as Deputy Director from January 2019 through October 2020, and was unanimously selected by the seven-member Commission to fill the State Director of Aeronautics position, beginning November 2020.
He has led many statewide agency initiatives including a three-year effort working with the state legislature regarding the protection of military training airspace. He also managed a two-year project that conducted an Aerospace and Aviation Economic Impact Study which established the industry as the second largest economic engine in the state. Under his leadership the Commission developed a unique P3 (public/private) partnership at Carlton Landing Airport on Lake Eufaula, and guided the difficult but necessary five-year effort to close Lake Murray State Park Airport.
Ardies was awarded the honorable 2020 State Aviation Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). The award, which was established in 1989, honors State Aviation personnel who have excelled in their service and dedication to aviation progress and development in their state. Ardies was also listed in the Power 15 List in Aviation and Aeronautics in Oklahoma by the Journal Record in 2020.
Director Ardies graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Aviation Management with double minors in Business Administration and Air Traffic Control. As part of his education through the aviation program, he also received a commercial pilot’s license with single and multi-engine instrument ratings and is a certified flight instructor.
The Role of Airports in Economic Development Part l & ll: Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm and 2:45 pm

Mark Arend

Editor in Chief, Site Selection Magazine
Conway Data

Mark Arend is Vice President of Publications and Editor in Chief of Site Selection magazine, the leading U.S. economic development publication. On the editorial staff since 1997, Mark leads an award-winning team of writers and graphic designers in the bi-monthly delivery of global location analysis for senior management at corporations worldwide. Airport-related economic development, talent acquisition and foreign direct investment are among his areas of expertise. Prior to his tenure at Site Selection, Mark held editorial positions in New York City at Wall Street Computer Review, ABA Banking Journal and Global Investment Technology. A native of Ontario and raised in Connecticut, Mark is a graduate of the University of Hartford and lives near Atlanta.
The Future of the Block Grant Program: Sunday, September 12 3:45 pm

Rachel Bingham

Aviation Deputy Director and Manager of Aviation Development
NC Department of Transportation

Bingham will oversee the administration of NCDOT Aviation’s state and federal airport capital improvement and statewide assistance programs, as well as provide support for Bobby Walston, Director, Division of Aviation, as the Division’s second-in-command.
Bingham brings more than 24 years of experience in transportation engineering, including 10 years managing major airport infrastructure development projects for Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the state’s largest commercial service airport, and seven years working for the Division managing the prioritization and implementation of state and federally funded grant projects at North Carolina’s public airports.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University. She is a licensed professional engineer and member of the North Carolina Society of Engineers.

Innovative Strategies for Airport Operations & Revenue: Tuesday, September 14 11 am

Grant Bishop

President & CEO
Silent Falcon Technologies

President and CEO of Silent Falcon Technologies. Former F16 Fighter pilot highly decorated Combat Veteran now leading advanced drone and AI data company. Three patents awarded for FOD detection systems and now patent pending for PCI+ pavement condition index system that captures 100% of the surface data with drones and uses AI to process the distresses per ASTM 5340 which reduces the cost of pavement management from 30-60%.
Innovative Strategies for Airport Operations & Revenue: Tuesday, September 14 11 am

Martin Blake

Aviation Manager
Indiana DOT Office of Aviation

Following graduation from Purdue University, Marty began his aviation career as a flight instructor and was a former Director of Aviation for Culver Academies in northern Indiana. Marty began his DOT work as a project manager for INDOT Aeronautics in 2002, spent three years in private aviation consulting and returned to INDOT in 2008 as the Aviation Planner for the state. In 2015, Marty was promoted to the manager of the Aviation Office.

Marty serves as the President of Aviation Association of Indiana Scholarship Fund, Inc., an organization that distributes around $8,000 annually to Indiana Aviation students. He also serves on the NASAO finance committee.

Marty currently resides in Fishers, Indiana with his wife of 22 years, Hillary, and their two teenage daughters.

Time spent outside of work involves several ministries at Holy Family Episcopal Church. He enjoys many types of exercise. Marty enjoys hiking and backcountry camping with friends in various parts of the country several times a year.

The Future of the Block Grant Program: Sunday, September 12 3:45pm

Brad Brandt

Aviation Director
Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development

Brandt holds a degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as an Aviation Law Diploma from the International Air Transport Association. He began his aviation career in airport operations at the Denver International Airport. In 1998, he relocated to Louisiana where he became a program manager in the Noise Mitigation Program for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. Three years later he joined DOTD’s Aviation Division, where he currently serves as the Aviation Director.
The Future of the Block Grant Program: Sunday, September 12 3:45 pm

Steve Brian

Aviation Program Manager
Georgia Department of Transportation

Steve Brian, Aviation Program Manager, Division
of Intermodal, Georgia Department of Transportation

Steve Brian is the Aviation Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Transportation which administers the FAA Block Grant Program andthe State Aviation Grant Program. Prior to joining the
Department, Steve was the Airport Director in College Station, TX and Brunswick, GA (managing the Brunswick Golden Isles and the McKinnon St. Simons Island Airports).
He has over nearly 40 years of experience in managing airports holding position in the communities of Birmingham, AL, Binghamton, NY, and Kinston, NC. He also served in
Washington, DC with ACI working on issues affecting small airports, air service, and international route development.
Steve is a graduate of Auburn University, a certified member of the AAAE, and holds a private pilot certificate.

Innovative Strategies for Airport Operations & Revenue: Tuesday, September 14 11:0 am

Bob Brock

Director of Aviation & UAS
Kansas Department of Transportation

Bob Brock, a Kansas native is the Director of Aviation & UAS for the Kansas Department of Transportation. Prior to joining KDOT, Bob served a 22-year career in the Air Force. An instrument-rated commercial fixed-wing and helicopter instructor pilot, he also serves as a Regional Director of the National Association of State Aviation Officials board and the FAA Drone Advisory Committee.
He is an alumnus of Pittsburg State University and Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University.
STEM Aviation Education: Wednesday, September 15 8:30 am

Jim Brough

National Aviation and Space Education Program Manager
Federal Aviation Administration

James Brough was an educator for 21 years and joined the FAA in 2008 as the FAA’s National Aviation and Space Education Program Manager. Jim provides national leadership to prepare students to enter the aerospace industry workforce.

Jim is also a private pilot and aircraft owner, which brings a unique perspective to his position with the National STEM AVSED Program.

He has received recognition and numerous awards for his aerospace education initiatives including, the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical Award and an Excellence in Education Award (“ED”ies) by the state of New Hampshire. In 2001 Jim was inducted was into the New Hampshire Teacher’s Hall of Fame.

Airport Regional Value - A New Metric: Monday, September 13 4:00 pm

Dr. Dave Byers

President
Quadrex Aviation

Dr. Dave Byers is the president of Quadrex Aviation, LLC, founded in 1992 as a veteran-owned airport consulting practice. He serves professionally as an Aviation Development Specialist with over 40 years of experience in planning and development of commercial service and general aviation airports and heliports throughout the United States. His primary responsibilities involve most all facets of the planning, engineering, and architectural disciplines related to airports and air transportation industry. In the past 20 years, he has been engaged in the developing strategic business plans for airport management professional including the implementation of a new metric for identifying the regional value of airports. Dave has also been recognized as a leading national expert in the planning, development, and federal funding for air traffic control tower facilities throughout the US. Dr. Byers also currently serves as an educator, teaching Airport Management, Planning, and Finance courses at the graduate and undergraduate level.
Powering the Future Aviation -Airport Electrification : Monday, September 13 10:45 am

Scott Cary

Ports and Airports Project Manager
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Scott Cary leads planning, finance, design, acquisition, and construction teams for aviation and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) infrastructure and facilities projects. This includes on-site resident engineering services, construction quality control, quality assurance, airport design management, project management and program management across the United States and abroad. He has assisted regional communities— such as Sun Valley, Idaho, Aspen, Colorado, and Pullman, Washington—with airport and runway relocation programs. Additionally, he has worked with a select group of large hub airports and DoD facilities. As a member of the Applied Engineering Team in the Integrated Applications Center, Scott is supporting the growing ports and airports projects team with deployment of technologies developed at NREL spanning multiple directorates.
The Role of Airports in Economic Development Part l & ll: Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm and 2:45 pm

Marc Cocanougher

Aviation Planner
Jviation, A Woolpert Company

Marc Cocanougher began his aviation planning career in 2008. He has experience in progressively demanding roles on a wide range of aviation and freight planning projects, including economic impact studies, aviation system plans, airport master plans, air cargo studies, freight plans, air service studies, and environmental assessments. He holds extensive aviation industry knowledge with a strong focus on air cargo/freight. A versatile planner, his specialized skills include economic modeling, activity forecasting, trend analysis, regression analysis, research, technical writing, and land use/compatibility planning.
Innovative Strategies for Airport Operations & Revenue: Tuesday, September 14 11 am

Ron Cote

Owner
Invisible Intelligence LLC

The Future of the Block Grant Program: Sunday, September 12 3:45 pm

Bob Craven

Director, Office of Airport Planning and Programming
Federal Aviation Administration

Bob Craven serves as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Director of Airport Planning and Programming. He is responsible for maintenance of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems and development of national-level guidance and policies on airport and system planning, environmental review and analysis, and airport financial assistance programs, including $3.35 billion annually in Airport Improvement Program grants, the Passenger Facility Charge program, the $10 billion CARES Act Airport Grants Program, $2 billion CRRSA Act Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program, and $8 billion ARP Act Airport Rescue Grant Program. He also ensures the adequacy of the substantive aspects of FAA rulemaking actions relating to these programs.

Bob enlisted in the Army in 1982, retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 2008, and continued to serve as an Air Force civilian until joining the FAA in 2019. He has held a variety of leadership and fighter combat (A-10 and F-15C), helicopter combat support (OH-58), and flight training (T-37 and T-38) assignments in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has an Airline Transport Pilot Rating, B-737 Type Rating, Commercial Helicopter Rating, and over 4,600 flight hours, including over 100 combat hours. Bob has served on the Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Headquarters Air Force, and Defense Intelligence Agency staffs where he specialized in strategy, planning, programming, and international affairs.

Bob has a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics degree and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Army Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course and Air Force Officer Training School and a graduate of Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College; the Federal Executive Board Pacific Leadership Academy Senior Leaders Program; and the Department of Defense Senior Leader Development Program. Bob is a lifetime member of the Senior Executives Association, Air Force Association, Order of Daedalians, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and Experimental Aircraft Association and a member of the International Aerobatic Club, Academy of Model Aeronautics, and Aero Club of Washington.

Aviation/Aerospace Workforce of the Future: Wednesday, September 15 10:15 am

Kathryn Creedy

Editor In Chief
Aviation Workforce News

In addition to my editorship of Future Aviation/Aerospace Workforce News, I am a freelance travel and aviation journalist. My byline has appeared in CNN Travel, The Points Guy, BBC Capital, Los Angeles Times, Forbes Online, Air & Space, The Washington Post, Flyer Talk, Business Traveler, Business Travel Executive, Afar, Flightglobal, Centre for Aviation, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Low Fare & Regional Airlines, Inflight, Business Airports International, Airports, Centerlines, Regional Gateway, Runway Girl Network and Metropolitan Airport News among others. In 2018, I was cited for the Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Award for her work as a business aviation journalist.
UAM Development: Opportunities and Challenges: Tuesday, September 15 10:30 am

Mike DiCosola

Chief Executive Officer
Drone Industry Systems

I have designed several patents over the years. My manufacturing experience has allowed me to create product from cradle to grave. From designing & creating retail products, as well as its packaging and marketing material that goes behind it, to managing wholesale distribution and its warehouse logistics. My interest and focus is in National Air Space Infrastructure for the UAS/Drone Delivery and Services industry. Several of the patents focus mainly on this subject of interest. My goal is to make UAS delivery & services a safe and proficient method used at both the consumer and commercial private sector, as well as the public and military sector. With over 400 UAS websites, UAS patent filings, and dozens of UAS trademarks, I hope to help contribute to this industry and its very talented wide range of participants, by providing the R&D needed to make drone delivery a reality in every day life.
The Role of Airports in Economic Development Part l & ll: Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm and 2:45 pm

Jared Esselman

Director of Aeronautics
State of Utah

Jared Esselman, Director of Aeronautics, Utah Department of Transportation
Jared began his career in aviation as a Loadmaster on C-17’s in the US Air Force. After 7 years of service in both Iraq and
Afghanistan Jared completed his BA in Political Science from the College of Charleston and his Master’s in Public Policy
with a focus on state and local public finance from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Jared
served as a White House Intern for President George W. Bush and served on the Board of Directors for the National
Conference of State Legislators. Jared was the Director of State Government Affairs at AOPA where he personally
impacted aviation law in over 22 states. He now serves as the Director of Aeronautics for the State of Utah and is the Chair of the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education. He is an AAAE CM, an FAA certified private pilot and UAS pilot.
Hiding in Plane Sight: How General Aviation Airport Hangars Generate Wealth and Transform Economies: Tuesday, September 14 9:30 am

Dr. Daniel Findley

Program Manager, Economic Analysis and Policy Assessment Group
Institute for Transportation Research and Education

Dr. Daniel Findley is the Program Manager of ITRE’s Economic Analysis and Policy Assessment Group and has 17 years of experience in economic impact analysis, multi-modal transportation studies, human behavior research, and transportation engineering studies, collectively. He served as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on over 30 funded projects and has conducted research for sponsors including ACRP, NCDOT, FHWA, ITE, and others. He has contributed to and led the study of North Carolina's airport's economic contribution in 2006, 2012, 2016, 2019, and 2021 and produced numerous impact studies at airports for a variety of projects and investment scenarios. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in North Carolina.
UAM Development: Opportunities and Challenges: Tuesday, September 14 11 am

David Fleckenstein

Director, Aviation Division
Washington State Department of Transportation

David Fleckenstein is the Director of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation Division. David has over 27 years of aviation experience stemming from his current position, his previous role as an airport director, and as an Army Aviation officer and pilot. The current work of WSDOT’s Aviation Division is focused on providing for airport infrastructure, addressing emerging aviation technology, and coordinating aviation emergency services with programs also supporting aircraft owner and dealer registration, airport infrastructure grants and loans, aviation planning, and management of the state owned/managed airports. David earned an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of South Carolina and master’s degrees in Adult Education from South Dakota State University and in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
The Role of Airports in Economic Development Part l & ll: Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm and 2:45 pm

Hilary Fletcher

Director of Community and Governmental Affairs
Jviation, a Woolpert Company

Hilary Fletcher is nationally recognized as a leading and effective manager of public outreach and communication programs. She brings tenured public sector experience, and she has provided public outreach and communication strategy support for numerous clients throughout the country. Her career has included community facilitation projects; mediation of land use issues; and community collaboration projects at state, regional, and national levels. She has been active in assisting local governments, special districts, and local non-profits to address organizational issues, develop strategic plans, and conduct community outreach. As Jviation’s Director of Community and Government Affairs, she has facilitated consensus building activities for airports, airline organizations, and the FAA. As a community advocate and leader, she strengthens community involvement with a strong philosophy of collaboration, inclusiveness, and two-way communication. Hilary has managed the community outreach and messaging for numerous statewide planning initiatives as well as community-sensitive airport projects.
Next Generation State Aviation Workforce, On Demand

Michelle Frazier

Director of Aeronautics
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Michelle Frazier is the Director of Aeronautics at the Tennessee Department of Transportation. As Director, she is focused on the operational safety and efficiency of the state aviation system. Since becoming Director, in June of 2017, she has worked hard to build a team with the competency to support and assist Tennessee’s public use airports with airport planning, grant funding, airport compliance, and project management.
Michelle has over 15 years of experience with the State of Tennessee in various roles. She severed on an Executive Committee responsible for the Top to Bottom Review of operational and organizational efficiency within the Department of Transportation. The committee identified improvements resulting in $43 million dollars of departmental savings. She is currently serving on the TDOT COVID Response Team responsible for ensuring continuity of operations, evaluating organizational needs and performance, and the development and implementation of a return to work plan.
Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a graduate of LEAD Tennessee, an intense leadership training program for emerging leaders within state government.
Michelle and her husband Ryan have been married for 28 years and live in Middle Tennessee.
She serves as the Southern Regional Representative for NASAO.
Powering the Future Aviation-Airport Electrification: Monday, September 13 10:45 am

Roei Ganzarski

Chief Executive Officer
MagniX

Roei is CEO of magniX, an electric aviation propulsion company. With a vision of connecting communities with low-cost, clean air transportation, magniX is disrupting aviation as we know it.
He is also executive chairman of Eviation, the electric aircraft OEM bringing a newly designed all-electric aircraft to market.
Prior to magniX, Roei was CEO of BoldIQ - a provider of dynamic real-time scheduling optimization software. Under his leadership, BoldIQ grew from seed software startup to multi-million-dollar profitable SaaS company.
Before BoldIQ, Roei was with the Boeing family of companies in continuously increasing roles of responsibility. His last role was Chief Customer Officer for Boeing’s Flight Services division where he led worldwide customer and market facing organizations and was responsible for revenue growth and customer service.
Other experiences prior to Boeing include investment banking, corporate finance, advertising, and the military.
Roei serves as chair of the Electric Propulsion and Innovation Committee (EPIC) at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and is a member of their executive committee.
He is a graduate of Wharton’s Advanced Management Program, earned an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BA in Economics from The University of Haifa.
Roei lives with his family in Redmond, Washington, USA.
How Do You Measure Success Part l & Part ll: Monday, September 13 2:30 pm & 4 pm

Denise Garcia

Director of Aviation Planning
MassDOT Aeronautics Division

Hiding in Plane Sight: How General Aviation Airport Hangars Generate Wealth and Transform Economies: Tuesday, September 14 9:30 am

Mike Ginter

Vice President. Airports & State Advocacy
AOPA

Mike Ginter is the vice president of airports and state advocacy for AOPA. He leads AOPA’s team of regional managers and airport policy experts, and oversees a volunteer force of more than 1,700 Airport Support Network volunteers across the United States. This team accomplishes AOPA’s mission of protecting our freedom to fly by focusing on three areas: partner with, promote, and protect America’s airports; advocate for general aviation interests in all 50 state legislatures; and engage with members and key general aviation stakeholders in AOPA’s seven regions. Ginter served 27 years in the U.S. Navy flying the carrier-based S–3B Viking. He is an active pilot and has logged more than 500 carrier landings and 5,000 flight hours in various military and general aviation aircraft during his 40-year flying career.
Leveraging the Use of Pavement Condition Data at the State Level: Tuesday, September 9:30 am

Todd Green

Program Manager
Colorado DOT Division of Aeronautics

Update from Washington: Monday, September 13 1:30 pm

Shannetta Griffin, P.E.

Associate Administrator of Airports
Federal Aviation Administration

The Role of Airports in Economic Development Part l & ll: Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm and 2:45 pm

Steve Hadley

Regional Program Director
National Business Aviation Association

How Do You Measure Success Part l & Part ll: Monday, September 13 2:30 pm & 4 pm

Jim Halley

Airport Planning and Programming Director
TxDOT Aviation

How Do You Measure Success Part l & Part ll: Monday, September 13 2:30 pm & 4 pm

Kurt Haukohl

State Aviation Manager
Nevada DOT

Current pilot now for over 50-years with over 10,000-hours of flight time in all types of airplanes and helicopters. Aircraft owner, builder, and former Unlimited Aerobatic Competitor and member of the International Aerobatic Club and the EAA. Qualified for the Canadian Aerobatic Team winning 2nd place in Abbotsford @ 2014. Graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in Air Commerce and Flight Technology in 1974. Owned airplanes since the age of 19, taught basic aerobatics through college in a Citabria. Logged more than 2500-hours in flying boats and was chief pilot of Lake Aircraft & Consolidated Aeronautics manufacturer of PK Floats. Specialization in both open ocean and confined areas training in Alaska, Caribbean, and Brazil. Erlinda, my wife is a native Hawaiian and has also works for airports and in aviation.

Retired from the FAA Runway Safety Program & Quality Assurance in Air Traffic, based in Los Angeles and Seattle Western Service Center. Subject matter expert in Safety Management Systems (SMS) as a practitioner and facilitator for airport projects throughout Western Pacific Region including Guam, Marshall Islands - Majuro, American Samoa, Mariana Islands - Tinian, Saipan, and Hawaii. Airspace Analyst and provides comments on Airport Layout Plans, Master Plans, and Construction Safety Phasing Safety Plans throughout the West. FAA consultant for heliport design, operations, and layout plans. Subject matter expert and focus practice on airport markings, signage, lighting, geometry, operations, and Runway Safety Action Team facilitator.

Chief Pilot for California Department of Transportation as principal airport inspector in Southern California for 7-years. Licensed & Permitted more than 200-heliports in Southern California. Private consulting work, teamed to develop the Dallas / Fort Worth Airport and Heliport System Plan that encompassed 16-counties and more that 160-facilities. Served on airport boards, as airport manager, and as chief pilot in several organizations.

NASAO Distinguished Service award in 2003 for getting Catalina Island into the NPIAS, and NASAO Western-Pacific Regional Director in 2017. Currently work for the Nevada Department of Transportation as "State Aviation Manager" and have continued as a public-use airport inspector.

Leveraging the Use of Pavement Condition Data at the State Level: Tuesday, September 14 9:30 am

Eric Johnson

Airport Construction and Grants Program Manager
Washington State DOT Aviation

FAA Roundtable with State Directors Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm

Marie Kennington-Gardiner

Director, New York Area Program Integration Office
Federal Aviation Administration

Marie is the Director of the New York Area Program Integration Office for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As Director, she coordinates, integrates and monitors regional airspace issues, projects and initiatives to address congestion and delays in New York.
Prior to this position, Kennington-Gardiner served as Director of the Lower Manhattan Recovery Office to coordinate federal emergency transit investments following the 9-11 terror attacks. She was responsible for providing oversight of $4.5 billion in support of post 9/11 infrastructure establishment or replacement activities.
Kennington-Gardiner has over twenty years of experience working for the FAA. She started with the agency in 1991 as an electronics engineer leading implementation efforts for numerous surveillance and weather radar installations throughout the FAA's Eastern Region. The blend of academic and practical skills she secured while in the field provided an opportunity for her to progress to General Engineer for larger Agency Projects and Programs prior to her stint with the Federal Transit Administration where she served as an Account Manager for the East Coast defining and prioritizing major federal infrastructure investments. These experiences led her to the most challenging positions of her FAA tenure. In her current position she provides corporate oversight for all projects and initiatives associated with delay reduction for the largest airports in the New York Metro Area.
As a graduate of Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY, Kennington-Gardiner holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree. She is also the recipient of a Master of Science, Management of Technology from NYU Polytechnic University.
Companies Promoting Airport Development After Section 163: Monday, September 13 2:30 pm

Peter Kirsch

Partner
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, LLP

Peter J. Kirsch is a founding partner with the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, dividing his time between Denver, Colorado and Washington, DC. For over 30 years, Mr. Kirsch has concentrated his practice on airport law. He has represented scores of airports on land use, regulatory and environmental issues that arise in connection with airport operations and development. Mr. Kirsch regularly counsels airports on federal legislation and regulations, on airport financial issues, and in precedent-setting litigation regarding the powers of airport proprietors. His clients range from the world’s largest airports to small rural landing fields. In recent years, he has focused on airport development and private sector investment in airport facilities – including innovative privatized terminal projects. During the pandemic, Mr. Kirsch has been advising dozens of airports on financial matters, recovery strategies and regulatory compliance in an unprecedented and rapidly changing legal environment. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on airport law in the United States and elsewhere. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Chicago Law School.
FAA Roundtable State Directors: Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm

Kenneth Knopp

Deputy Regional Administrator, New England Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Mr. Knopp assumed the role of Deputy Regional Administrator in the FAA New England Region in September 2020. In this role, he serves as the eyes and ears for the Regional Administrator as well as conducts outreach to congressional officials, military bases, aviation industry stakeholders, federal, state, and local government, law enforcement, educational institutions, civic and private groups. Additional responsibilities include providing cross-functional oversight and leadership including Aviation Safety (AVS), Airports (ARP) and Air Traffic Organization (ATO) throughout the six New England states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Ken most recently served as the Chief Scientist & Engineer within the FAA's Aviation Research Division at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center. In this role, he led the effort to identify future research challenges in multiple research disciplines. He coordinated communications to other research entities that include NASA, DOD, International and academic institutions. Key areas of importance continue to be technology disrupters such as cyber security, autonomous flight, artificial intelligence and other future challenges.

Ken served as the Structures & Propulsion Branch Manager within the Aviation Research Division from October 2012 to October 2019. In this capacity, he was responsible for the leadership and direction of a comprehensive research, development, test and evaluation and provided the basis for acquisitions and safety improvements implemented by specification, procedures, regulations or certifications. Prior to 2012, Ken was manager of the Program Management Branch in the Aviation Research Division. He was responsible for oversight of all research activities in the Aviation Research Division ranging from aircraft safety, airports and human factors.

Ken has over 30 years of technical expertise in the aviation industry. He has a broad range of experience in research, development, test and evaluation of structural integrity, structural safety, maintenance & inspection technology, aircraft icing, propulsion & fuels, advanced materials, aircraft catastrophic failure prevention and more. He has also provided strategy and direction in defining, communicating and implementing a broad spectrum of new agency management policies and initiatives.

Ken is an active pilot with commercial ratings in both fixed-wing and rotorcraft. He is a current member of American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Program Management Institute (PMI). He holds a Project Management Professional status with PMI. He completed a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Wichita State University and has completed graduate courses in aviation safety, management and program/project management.

Advancing and Future Proofing the Practice of State Aviation System Planning : Tuesday, September 14 1:30 pm

Scott LeCount

Airport Management Advisor
McFarland Johnson

Mr. LeCount’s career in aviation planning is built upon a foundation of design education and technical experience on nearly 100 projects at over 50 airports in 25 states. His portfolio of airports engagements is strengthened by previous work in community land use/comprehensive planning and zoning work, highway, and multi-modal transportation planning.
Mr. LeCount’s primary expertise is advising client-airports on business and management issues, specifically business development and revenue growth strategies, lease and use terms and agreements, market rent values for aeronautical and non-aeronautical land, airline rate modeling, fee schedules/rates and charges, minimum standards, and other policy, management, and financial issues. At the system planning level, his expertise bridges the gap between and navigating airport and local/sponsor issues and state programs, building analytical and qualitative models as a sound basis for informed decision-making and policy.
Mr. LeCount’s work for state DOTs includes system plans for Nebraska, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York within the last 5 years, and previous system planning for New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, and for Regional COGs in Phoenix/Maricopa County and Washington D.C.
Remote Towers –Present & Future? Tuesday 9/14 1:30 pm

Jason Licon

Airport Director
Northern Colorado Regional Airport

Jason Licon serves as the Airport Director of the Northern Colorado Regional Airport a position he has held since 2011. He resides in Northern Colorado with his growing family, and is an active FAA certified pilot and commercially certified UAS pilot. He became involved in aviation at a very young age and has twenty-four years of experience working for airport organizations. He is an active member of the Colorado Airport Operators Association (CAOA) currently serving as the Past President, and is involved with the Colorado Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics on a variety of statewide initiatives including system planning, economic impact studies, and shaping policy and legislative advocacy for airports in the state. He is also directly involved in the Remote Air Traffic Control Tower Project, also sponsored by the Colorado Aeronautics Division, at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport. This innovative project will be testing and ultimately certifying a new concept for air traffic control that will serve as the FAA industry standard for future remote air traffic control tower systems.
How Do You Measure Success Part l & Part ll: Monday, September 13 2:30 pm & 4 pm

Amy Ludwig

FAA Regional Administrator, Southwest Region
Federal Aviation Administration

FAA Roundtable with State Directors Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm

Rebecca MacPherson

FAA Regional Administrator, Great Lakes Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Rebecca MacPherson is the Regional Administrator for the Great Lakes Region. She was appointed on January 8, 2018. As Regional Administrator, MacPherson serves as the principal executive representative of the FAA Administrator in the region, providing corporate leadership in cross-organizational matters and represents the FAA with industry, the public and governmental organizations. The Great Lakes Region encompasses the geographical area of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

From 2013 through 2017, MacPherson worked as a transportation attorney, first as of counsel at Jones Day and then as the principal at Rebecca B. MacPherson, Attorney at Law, PLLC. She specialized in advising clients on the impact of Federal transportation regulations on day-to-day operations, including compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations, hazardous materials regulations, airport slots, and citizenship determinations. She made guest appearances on National Public Radio's The Diane Rehm Show and Marketplace, as well as CNBC, to discuss the impact of FAA initiatives on unmanned aerial vehicles. She authored the chapter "The FAA's Certification and Regulatory Scheme for U.S. and Foreign Air Carriers" in the 2014 publication Aviation Regulation in the United States.

MacPherson served as the FAA's Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations from 2004 to 2013, where she was responsible for providing legal and policy guidance to senior FAA officials on matters associated with the development of regulations governing all aspects of aviation, as well as overseeing the drafting of new and amended regulations and the day-to-day implementation of existing standards and regulations. MacPherson routinely represented the FAA's interests before the White House and Congress. In 2012, her portfolio was expanded to include legal oversight of the FAA's international and legislative programs and initiatives.

Prior to joining the FAA, MacPherson was a regulatory attorney at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a trial attorney at the U.S. Maritime Administration. She graduated cum laude from Tulane School of Law in 1990 and magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree from Loyola University in 1986.

MacPherson is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars. She is a two-time recipient of the Secretary of Transportation's Gold Medal; she was named the Federal Bar Association's Transportation Attorney of the Year for 2008 and was awarded the Department of Transportation's Schneider Award for 1995.

Innovation of Aviation Post Pandemic: Tuesday, September 14 8:30 am

Kenneth Maenpa

Airport/FBO Manager
Telluride Regional Airport

Kenneth Maenpa has over 28 years of aviation management experience that includes airline management AWA, airport management at five Colorado airports and airport engineering/planning consulting.

The majority of Kenneth's professional experience has been in all aspects of airport management at five Colorado airports: Telluride Regional, Rocky Mountain Metro, Eagle County, Garfield County, and Centennial. Colorado Governor Hickenlooper appointed Kenneth to the Colorado Aeronautical Board in December 2018. He was recently appointed to the Colorado Flights Alliance Board of Directors representing San Miguel County and Telluride Regional Airport.

Maenpa has negotiated over 50 long term airport property lease agreements with FBO's, SASO's, Corporate Flight Departments and Non-Aviation property development projects with FedEx Ground, Verve Innovation (500 acre) park, sports and recreation facilities. He has successfully completed over $100M of FAA AIP capital improvements throughout his career. Maenpa grew up in Denver, CO and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Metropolitan State University at Denver and is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

Specialties: Airline and airport operations, administration, property management, lease negotiation, primary guiding documents, commercial development, federal AIP and state grant projects, airport planning and development.

Keynote Speaker Monday, September 13 12 pm

Colonel (Ret). John D. Manzi

Colonel (Retired)
United States Air Force

Colonel (Ret) John D. Manzi served 23 years in the United States Air Force as a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO), Squadron Commander and staff officer at various locations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Col Manzi was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1978 when he graduated from Purdue University and received his Navigator wings in April 1979. Colonel Manzi accumulated more than 2,000 jet hours flying primarily in fighter and reconnaissance aircraft, to include the F-111 Aardvark, RF-4C Phantom II, and the SR-71 Blackbird. Colonel Manzi flew as a Blackbird Reconnaissance Systems Officer from 1985 until the aircraft was retired in 1990.
After his flying assignments, Col Manzi served in various command and staff positions at MacDill AFB, FL, Beale AFB, CA, Cheyenne Mountain AFS, CO, and Peterson AFB, CO. He also attended two Professional Military Education schools, to include the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and the French Senior War College in Paris, France. He retired from the Air Force in 2001 and has since been working in the Defense industry as a Model-Based Systems Engineering specialist, developing architectural models for Air Force, Space Force, and Army systems acquisition programs. He and his wife, Tracy, reside in Monument, Colorado.
Remote Tower –Present & Future? Tuesday September 14 1:30 pm

Matt Massiano

Director, Business Development
Surveillance Systems | ATM Safety & Efficiency
Saab, Inc

Matt Massiano
Director, Business Development
Saab, Inc.

Matt has 30 years of business development experience with Saab, Inc. in Syracuse, NY, pursuing safety- and surveillance-related contracts with the FAA, various State aviation departments, and the Department of Defense. Matt led the company’s capture of FAA contracts for the Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE-X) and Capstone/Safe Flight 21 ADS-B programs, and the Wide-Area Multilateration surveillance program with the Colorado Division of Aeronautics. He is currently directing Saab’s launch of its camera-based, Remote Tower System in the U.S. – centered on FAA certification and commissioning at Leesburg Executive Airport, Virginia.
Prior to joining Sensis Corp. in 1988, Matt worked as a radar system engineer with General Electric. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating.

Changing Industry Perspectives- State Director Roundtable: Tuesday September 14 3 pm

Anthony McCloskey

NASAO Board Vice Chair
Aviation Director
PennDOT: Bureau of Aviation

Anthony McCloskey, P.E., is PennDOT’s Director for the Bureau of Aviation since 2015. He is responsible for overseeing all aviation-related programs within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania including the State Block Grant program, Safety/Licensing, Aviation Awareness, Project Management and Flight Services.

Anthony is a project panel member on ACRP 01-37 Best Practices in State Aeronautics Division Performance Measures.

Anthony has over 30 years of engineering experience with over 24 years being with PennDOT. In addition to aviation, he has experience in bridge design/construction/inspection to roadway maintenance to highway project delivery.
Recently, Anthony was serving as Acting Deputy Secretary for PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation which is responsible for overseeing Aviation, Public Transportation, Passenger Rail, Rail Freight, Ports, and the state’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs. He also serves as the Vice Chair for the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Board of Directors Executive Committee.
Anthony has earned a bachelor’s degree in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology (1991) from Penn State University and holds a master’s degree in Engineering Science from Penn State University (2003). He is registered in the state of Pennsylvania as a professional engineer and serves on Penn State Harrisburg’s Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology Advisory Board.

Innovations in STEM Aviation Education Engagement: Wednesday, September 15 8:30 am

Mike McHugh

Education Coordinator
North Dakota Aeronautics Commission

Mike McHugh, Aviation Education Coordinator, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission

Mike McHugh is the Aviation Education Coordinator for the North Dakota
Aeronautics Commission and has been working in this role since 2015. Prior to working for the Aeronautics Commission, Mike spent 12 years as a high school teacher, instructing
an aviation class available to 10-12th grade students in Bismarck, North Dakota. During the time as a high school teacher, Mike became a Google Certified Teacher and was awarded the Scott Crossfield aerospace teacher of the year.
As the Education Coordinator, he is tasked with promoting aviation education careers as well as overseeing the agencies educational programs. Mike is a graduate of the University
of North Dakota with a degree in Aviation Management and Masters (M.Ed) in Instructional Design and Technology. He is also a commercial pilot (ASMEL).

Innovation of Aviation Post Pandemic Airport Director Roundtable: Tuesday, September 14 8:30 am

George Merritt

Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations at Denver International Airport
City & County of Denver Department of Aviation

George Merritt is airport owners’ representative to the Colorado Aeronautical Board and the Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations for Denver International Airport, where he coordinates innovation and operations projects among airport divisions and external stakeholders; including the development of an app-based reservation system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and partnerships with TSA to pilot innovative screening technologies. He joined DEN in 2015 leading the airport’s government affairs team on federal, state and local issues.
FAA Roundtable With State Directors: Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm

Joseph (Joe) N. Miniace

FAA Regional Administrator, Central Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Mr. Miniace is the Regional Administrator for the Central Region. Prior to his arrival in Kansas City in May 2009, Mr. Miniace served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Human Resource Management. He joined the FAA on May 15, 2005 as the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Strategic Labor Management Relations, and is recognized as an expert in employee and management relations with a proven track record in strategic labor relations.

Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Maritime Association where he championed a ten-year strategic plan that revolutionized the west coast shipping industry, and produced a labor contract that generated cost reductions of nearly $1 billion.

He also served as the Vice President for Administration and Human Resources at the New York University Medical Center and Group Director for Human Resources at Ryder Systems, Inc.

Mr. Miniace holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Creighton University. He serves on Advisor Boards for Creighton University, Stanford University School of Law, and New York University School of Law. He has also served on the Board of Directors for numerous businesses, including the California Chamber of Commerce and the Employee Benefits Research Institute.

Advancing and Future Proofing the Practice of State Aviation System Planning: Tuesday, September 14 1:30 pm

Chad Nixon

President
McFarland Johnson

Mr. Nixon serves as President at McFarland Johnson (MJ), a national consultancy providing program management, planning, environmental, engineering, and construction phase services for both private and public infrastructure projects large and small. Chad brings tremendous energy to the company and is consistently sought out for his innovative problem solving skills. He leads the strategic growth of MJ’s transportation, aviation, environmental and civil/facilities divisions and provides oversight relative to new services, growth opportunities and industry trends. He has a highly diverse background that includes contract negotiations, program management, and financial planning. He has performed FAA and DOD airspace liaison duties in numerous countries including Malaysia, Thailand and Oman. His areas of aviation expertise include: aviation forecasting, economic analysis, business planning, and project management. Chad currently serves as Special Projects Manager on statewide and airport specific planning projects.
FAA Roundtable with State Directors Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm

Michael O'Harra

FAA Regional Administrator, Southern Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Michael O'Harra was appointed Regional Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Southern Region in January 2018. Mr. O'Harra serves as the senior agency official within the eight-state region including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mr. O'Harra serves as the FAA Administrator's primary representative to Congressional, state, local and tribal officials, aviation industry, educational institutions, civic organizations and other Federal agencies, and spokesperson for the Agency within his geographic area of responsibility. He is responsible for outreach activities to stakeholders and local communities regarding environmental impacts and noise management issues, as well as information sharing on initiatives such as NextGen, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration, Commercial Space, airport improvements and airspace and procedure changes. Mr. O'Harra provides leadership for the 24/7 Regional Operations Centers (ROCs) that communicate information on aircraft accidents and other emergencies impacting aviation operations to appropriate internal and external entities.
Mr. O'Harra's previous appointment was as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the FAA Southwest Region in February 2008, which included serving as the Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) to ensure effective transportation emergency planning and response for incidents of national significance for the Department of Transportation's Region 6.
His FAA career also includes various leadership positions as an acting Chief Information Officer and as the national Operational Integration Manager, where he was instrumental in the effective oversight of several major capacity initiatives. Mr. O'Harra also chaired the FAA Airport Obstruction Standards Committee (AOSC) working group that was responsible for developing corporate policy solutions to highly visible issues in the airport environment. He previously held positions in private industry for nearly a decade spanning both aviation and aerospace fields.
Mr. O'Harra graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. Michael and his wife, Cristy, have three daughters.
Remote Tower –Present & Future?, Tuesday September 14 1:30 pm

Bill Payne

President
William E. Payne and Associates, Inc.

William E. Payne & Associates, Inc. has been designing Airport Traffic Control Towers (ATCT) since 1991. As principal, Mr. Payne has prepared the Siting Studies for and designed ATCTs across the United States and participated on the Safety Risk Management Panels for each.

Mr. Payne was selected in 2006 as the State’s Program Manager for the Colorado Surveillance Project, which is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the FAA and State of Colorado. This project brings surveillance to mountain airports supporting the State’s multimillion-dollar ski industry by employing the NextGen Technologies of ADS-B and Wide Area Multilateration (WAM). Phase I of the project, which provides surveillance (“radar-like”) services to four mountain airports in northern Colorado, was successfully completed and certified for use in the NAS. Phase II, which provides surveillance coverage to four additional mountain airports in southern Colorado, was completed in 2012.

Mr. Payne was on the team that designed the camera system at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) that addressed visibility issues associated with the FAA staffed ATCT.

Mr. Payne is the Program Manager for the Colorado Remote Tower Project currently being tested and evaluated at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL). This innovative project is another collaborative effort between the Colorado Division of Aeronautics and the FAA NextGen Program Office. When certified the Colorado Remote Tower Project will provide full Class D airport control services by employing a series of distributed video cameras in conjunction with a track based (radar) surveillance to display a comprehensive picture of the airport surface and local airspace to the air traffic controller.

Mr. Payne obtained and manages the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Blanket Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to operate its fleet of UASs.

Mr. Payne was a member of the Denver RNAV SIDS and STARS Working Group, which was responsible for designing the RNAV arrival and departure routes for Denver International Airport and the two major satellite airports in the Denver Metroplex -- Centennial Airport (APA) and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC). He has worked closely with the FAA to develop both Public and Special instrument approach procedures for Ski Country Airports in Colorado.

The Role of Airports in Economic Development – Part I & ll Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm and 2:45 pm

Greg Phillips

Director of Aviation
Colorado Springs Airport

Greg Phillips is the Director of Aviation for COS. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot, holds an engineering degree from West Point, and is nearing completion of his MBA at the University of Denver.

Following eight years of military service, Greg worked for Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration, including in a key role during the design and construction of the Denver International Airport. He has served at five airports, from the Bend Municipal Airport in Oregon, the Missoula International Airport in Montana, the Pangborn Memorial Airport in Wenatchee, Washington, and at the Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport. He assumed his current role at COS in January, 2017. In 2019, COS was recognized as Colorado’s Airport of the Year by CDOT. More recently, COS was recognized with the Colorado 2020 Economic Development award for economic partnerships, by the Airports Council International with the 2020 national award for brand identity, and with the 2021 Balchen/Post national award for excellence in its snow removal program.

Greg is the Past President of the Northwest Chapter of AAAE Board of Directors and currently serves on a number of national aviation committees. He serves as a member of the VisitCOS Board of Directors, the Colorado Springs Chamber Board of Governors, the Economic Development Advisory Council, the Colorado Springs Police Foundation Board, and is an Honorary Commander at the United States Air Force Academy. Greg is an Accredited Airport Executive and an active member of the Colorado Airport Operators’ Association. In 2020, Greg was recognized as the Airport Executive of the Year for the NW Chapter of AAAE.

Greg Phillips is the Director of Aviation for COS. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot, holds an engineering degree from West Point, and is nearing completion of his MBA at the University of Denver.

Following eight years of military service, Greg worked for Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration, including in a key role during the design and construction of the Denver International Airport. He has served at five airports, from the Bend Municipal Airport in Oregon, the Missoula International Airport in Montana, the Pangborn Memorial Airport in Wenatchee, Washington, and at the Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport. He assumed his current role at COS in January, 2017. In 2019, COS was recognized as Colorado’s Airport of the Year by CDOT. More recently, COS was recognized with the Colorado 2020 Economic Development award for economic partnerships, by the Airports Council International with the 2020 national award for brand identity, and with the 2021 Balchen/Post national award for excellence in its snow removal program.

Greg is the Past President of the Northwest Chapter of AAAE Board of Directors and currently serves on a number of national aviation committees. He serves as a member of the VisitCOS Board of Directors, the Colorado Springs Chamber Board of Governors, the Economic Development Advisory Council, the Colorado Springs Police Foundation Board, and is an Honorary Commander at the United States Air Force Academy. Greg is an Accredited Airport Executive and an active member of the Colorado Airport Operators’ Association. In 2020, Greg was recognized as the Airport Executive of the Year for the NW Chapter of AAAE.

Innovations in STEM Aviation Education Engagement: Wednesday September 15 8:30 am

Glenn Ponas

Director, High School Outreach
AOPA

Glenn is responsible for providing programmatic, management, and fiscal oversight of AOPA's High School initiative. He helps lead AOPA's effort to expand the adoption and implementation of the AOPA High School Aviation STEM Curriculum. Glenn has thirty-one years of experience as a secondary teacher, building and district level administrator, and curriculum development specialist with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. In 2002, he founded the Pittsburgh Gifted Center Aviation Program. Over the next 18 years, the Program introduced over 3,000 students to aviation, fostered over 900 EAA Young Eagles flights, and helped inspire 30 former students to become FAA certificated pilots. He is an FAA certificated private pilot and remote pilot. In 2005, Glenn co-founded and was named President and COO of Frameworks Information Technology, Inc., a web-based data visualization and GIS analysis company. He was also an educational data systems consultant for the Pennsylvania and US Departments of Education. Glenn is an avid homebrewer, husband to an amazing wife, and father to a golden retriever and a whippet. He lives in Northern Maryland in a house that George Washington slept in. Really.
Innovations in STEM Aviation Education Engagement: Wednesday September 15 8:30 am

Gus Posey

STEM Master Teacher, Wings Aerospace Pathways
Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

As part of a larger love of aviation and aerospace, Gus Posey has been working with students to develop STEM skills for 12 years, dividing his time between informal and formal education in the US and South America. Gus joins the WAP team as their full-time STEM Master Teacher, encouraging young people to investigate the ever-changing world of modern aerospace and the methods by which they can develop new skills that will allow them to participate in this remarkable field.
Leveraging the Use of Pavement Condition Data at the State Level: Tuesday September 14 9:30 am

Kyle Potvin

Program Director for State Aviation Agencies
Applied Pavement Technology

Mr. Potvin is the Program Director for Applied Pavement Technology, Inc’s (APTech) State Aviation Agency Program Area. He has 27 years of pavement engineering experience with a primary focus on pavement management systems, pavement evaluation, structural evaluation, and pavement performance. Mr. Potvin has been involved with Airport Pavement Management System (APMS) projects for 27 state aviation agencies and dozens of commercial airports and military installations. He has completed more than 1,350 airport pavement condition index (PCI) inspections during his career. He is a voting member of the ASTM Committee responsible for the standards involving pavement management systems, pavement testing methods, and PCI inspection. He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Pavement Management Systems.
Advancing and Future Proofing the Practice of State Aviation System Planning: Tuesday September 14 1:30 pm

Ann B. Richart

Aeronautics Director
Nebraska Department of Transportation

Richart comes to NDOT from Martha’s Vineyard Airport, in Massachusetts, where she served as Airport Director. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sector, including Director of the Oregon Department of Aviation and State Airports Manager at the Oregon Department of Transportation, as well as Director of Aviation at Elmira Corning Regional Airport in Horseheads, New York. Richart has also managed airports in Klamath Falls, Oregon and Hutchinson, Kansas.
Leveraging the Use of Pavement Condition Data at the State Level: Tuesday September 14 9:30 am

John Paul Saalwaechter

Engineering Manager
Tennessee Department of Transportation

A Kentucky native with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Western Kentucky University (WKU) and a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK). John Paul has 12 years of professional experience with TDOT and he’s a Licensed Engineer in the State of TN.

As the Engineering Manager for TDOT’s Aeronautics Division, he manages the Planning, Environmental, and Project Management aspects of Tennessee’s public-use aviation system and Airport Improvement Program under the FAA’s State Block Grant Program.

Since joining the Aeronautics Division in 2017, John Paul has overseen a Statewide Airport Pavement Management System Update, Tennessee Aviation System Plan Update, 2019 Economic Impact Study, implementation of a Statewide Runway Safety Area program and Statewide Airfield Pavement and Markings Maintenance Contract.

When not working, John Paul and his wife enjoy an active lifestyle filled with pets, home projects, and travel.

Airline Industry Sustainability: Monday September 13 9:45 am

Pasha Saleh

Director of Flight Operations Strategy & Innovation
Alaska Airlines

Pasha Saleh is Director of Flight Operations Strategy & Innovation at Alaska Airlines where he supports senior leadership in areas of sustainability, operational efficiency, strategy, and emerging technology.
Pasha began his business career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and has served in executive roles across the aerospace industry in organizations ranging from Silicon Valley startups to large OEM’s including Boeing and Beechcraft.
Pasha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with seven type ratings and has over 7,000 hours of flight experience.
Innovations in STEM Aviation Education Engagement: Wednesday September 15 8:30 am

Kyle Sanders

Vice President of Education and Development
U.S. Drone Soccer

Companies Promoting Airport Development After Section 163: Monday September 13 2:30 pm

Barbie Schalmo

Associate Director, Planning. Land Use & Economics Lead
C & S Companies

Barbie Schalmo, AICP, leads the Land Use + Economics practice at the C&S Companies as part of their national aviation planning group. With a background in city and regional planning and real estate economics, she works with airports and other public and private clients to strengthen economic sustainability by crafting innovative land development strategies and identifying market-based opportunities to leverage their real estate assets. Barbie’s areas of expertise include integrative market and economic analyses, strategic real estate positioning, land use planning, stakeholder engagement and regulatory process and development advisory services. Her professional experience includes a broad range of consulting assignments for airports, municipalities, hospital and port systems, private companies and entities advancing transit-oriented developments and redevelopment projects. Barbie serves on the steering group for C&S’s national aviation practice and helped found the C&S Women’s Network. She is active in various aviation and commercial real estate organizations.
Advancing and Future Proofing the Practice of State Aviation System Planning : Tuesday, September 14 1:30 pm

Regan Schnug

Senior Project Manager
Kimley-Horn

Regan has been combining urban planning practices and a passion for all things aviation to help her clients implement innovative and effective planning solutions for nearly 15 years. As a senior project manager, her experience provides a national perspective of industry changes as well as an understanding of local and regional nuances that impact aviation planning efforts. She is well-versed in delivering a wide variety of aviation planning projects, with a special emphasis on statewide aviation system plans, economic impact studies, and compatible airport development. Currently, she is managing several statewide aviation planning projects across the U.S. and recently served as the Panel Chair for ACRP Research Report 223 Performance Measures for State Aviation Agencies and as the Principal Investigator for ACRP 01-36 Advancing the Practice of State Aviation System Planning. Regan helps lead Kimley-Horn’s national aviation system planning practice and is an active member of industry organizations and committees including NASAO, TRB, ACRP, and others.

Specialties:
Aviation System Planning
Aviation Economic Impact Studies
Land Use Planning
Airport Master Plans & ALPs
Airport Zoning Ordinances
Site Selections
Environmental
Justification Studies

Leveraging the Use of Pavement Condition Data at the State Level: Tuesday, September 14 9:30 am

Owen Silbaugh

Airport Engineer
Mass DOT- Aeronautics Division

Changing Industry Perspectives- State Director Roundtable: Tuesday, September 14 3 pm

Clayton Stambaugh

Deputy Director of Aeronautics
Illinois Department of Transportation

Clayton Stambaugh serves as the Deputy Director of Aeronautics at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Stambaugh recently served at IDOT as an aviation facilities specialist, managing the Illinois Aviation System Plan process and supporting the development of annual and multiyear airport improvement programs. Additionally, he helped manage the Illinois Marine Transportation System Initiative. He previously served as airport manager at Pekin Municipal Airport and served on the executive committee with the Illinois Public Airports Association. Stambaugh participates in multiple projects and programs with the Airport Cooperative Research Program. In addition, he serves as Chair for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) committee on Aviation Policy and Administration.

Stambaugh is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), where he obtained a Master of Public Administration degree focusing on aviation administration. He served as a graduate assistant working with various partners through the National Airport Safety Data (5010) Program. His primary research focused on using digital technologies, such as social media, to improve airport communication, public relations, and marketing. Stambaugh also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Flight from SIU. He holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate for Airplane Single and Multi-Engine Land with an Instrument Airplane rating, as well as a Remote Pilot Certificate. Stambaugh now acts as an Assistant Lecturer for SIUC and teaches both on and off campus.

Changing Industry Perspectives- State Director Roundtable: Tuesday, September 14 3 pm

James Stephens

Executive Director
SC Aeronautics Commission

James D. Stephens
Executive Director
South Carolina Aeronautics Commission

James Stephens is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, and is charged with managing the state’s executive aircraft fleet as well as the state’s system of airports. He holds degrees in Aviation Management and Aircraft Maintenance from Bob Jones University, and is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and Private Pilot.

Prior to Aeronautics, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Special Services Corporation in Greenville, SC. During his time with Special Services, the aircraft management company grew from a fleet of four aircraft to ten, most of which were offered on the aircraft charter market for private use. Stephens’ past experiences also include airport management in McMinnville, Tennessee, and aircraft maintenance in Greenville, South Carolina.

Stephens is currently the chair of the South Carolina Aerospace Education Working Group, and is working with industry, academia, and government to promote the aerospace/aviation industry to South Carolina students. He serves as the NASAO Secretary.

How Do You Measure Success Part l & Part ll: Monday, September 13 2:30 pm & 4 pm; Advancing and Future Proofing the Practice of State Aviation System Planning: Tuesday, September 14 4:00 pm

Scott Storie

Aviation Planner
CO DOT Division of Aeronautics

Scott Storie is a native of Wichita, KS and growing up in the Air Capital of the World played a large factor in his long standing passion for aviation. His aviation career began with an airport management internship at Centennial Airport in 2008 where he also subsequently worked in various roles with the airport authority including operations, planning, administration, finance and maintenance. Since 2013 Scott has served as an Aviation Planner with the Colorado Aeronautics Division. He holds a degree in aviation management with a minor in business from Kansas State University’s – College of Technology and Aviation where he also obtained private and instrument pilot ratings.
FAA Roundtable with State Directors: Sunday, September 12 1:30 pm

David C. Suomi

FAA Regional Administrator, Northwest Mountain Region
Federal Aviation Administration

David Suomi is currently the Regional Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Northwest Region. In this capacity, he serves as the principal representative of the FAA Administrator and the senior FAA official in the region. He provides corporate leadership in cross-organizational matters and represents the FAA before industry, the public and governmental organizations. He also serves as the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Regional Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) designated to carry out critical functions for DOT in response to disasters as documented in the National Response Framework.

Immediately prior to his current role, He served as the Deputy Regional Administrator of the Northwest Mountain Region. Prior to that, he served as the national Manager of the FAA's Airport Improvement Program, a $3.5 billion annual infrastructure grant program that aids airport owners in financing critical aviation infrastructure. The program is funded through the Aviation Trust Fund. Mr. Suomi oversaw project identification, prioritization, eligibility and ultimate grant obligation for approximately 2,500 grants annually.

Prior to his FAA roles, Mr. Suomi served in a variety of senior executive roles associated with private and public-sector aviation management positions, and has represented interests before Federal, State and local governments. He was vice president of BAA USA, Inc., the US subsidiary of BAA plc, the United Kingdom private sector airport company that owned and operated London Heathrow, as well as other major aviation facilities around the world.

Mr. Suomi is an accredited aviation professional with a record of accomplishment of increasingly responsible experience in chief executive officer and chief operating officer roles at U.S. airports, ranging from small reliever fields to large hubs, including Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports. His primary responsibilities included liaison with governmental (executive and Congressional) officials, Airport Improvement Program oversight, facility safety, emergency preparedness and response, security and operations, community relations, and stakeholder relations and facility development.

An accredited executive with the American Association of Airport Executives, Mr. Suomi has served as officer and/or board member in various state aviation organizations, functioned as a university instructor in Airport Development and Operations, holds a pilot certificate, has written articles and papers on airport issues, and spoken on various airport/airline subjects around the country.

Mr. Suomi received a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and has completed graduate work at the University of Central Florida, State University of New York, University of Pennsylvania, and George Mason University.

Welcome & Opening Session: Monday, October 13 8:30 am

The Honorable John Suthers

Mayor
Colorado Springs

John Suthers was re-elected to a second term as mayor by an overwhelming majority in April of 2019.

The 41st mayor of Colorado Springs, Suthers’ first term began in May of 2015. In his first four years, Suthers sparked historic infrastructure improvements with the passage of voter-supported Ballot measure 2C, which established a temporary sales tax increase that generated $50M per year to fund massive road reconstruction across the city. Suthers also successfully gained voter support for Ballot Measure 2A, which re-established the city’s defunct stormwater enterprise, and now has the city on the way to building one of the best stormwater systems in the nation. Other accomplishments in his first term included the annexation of Banning Lewis Ranch, vastly improved relations between the executive and legislative branches of government, finalization of four City for Champions projects and a renaissance at both the Colorado Springs Airport and Downtown Colorado Springs. The City also created over 6,000 jobs each year of his first term, exceeding the number needed for sustainable growth.

Suthers brings decades of experience in government and management. Before being elected Mayor, Suthers served as Attorney General of Colorado from 2005 to 2015. Under Suthers' leadership, the Colorado Attorney General's office earned a national reputation for excellence. In 2012, he was awarded the Kelly-Wyman Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Attorneys General.

Prior to being Attorney General, he was named by President George W. Bush in 2001 to be United States Attorney for Colorado and he was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate. In 1999, Suthers was appointed by Governor Bill Owens as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, based in Colorado Springs. In that position, he managed an organization with 6,000 employees and a budget in excess of $500 million.

In 1988, he was elected District Attorney of the 4th Judicial District, which includes El Paso and Teller Counties. For the next eight years, he managed the largest and most productive prosecution office in the state of Colorado. During that time he also served as President of the Colorado District Attorney's Association and President of the El Paso County Bar Association.

A lifelong resident of Colorado Springs, Suthers attended grade school here and graduated from St. Mary's High School. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and in the top quarter of his law school class at the University of Colorado. After graduation, he returned home and became a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado Springs before spending ten years at the law firm of Sparks, Dix and Enoch.

John's wife Janet also grew up in Colorado Springs, earned her MBA from UCCS and is retired from Agilent Technologies. She is a lifelong community volunteer including service on the District 12 School Board and the City Planning Commission. John and Janet have two accomplished daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.

Powering the Future Aviation -Airport Electrification Monday, September 13 10:45 am, Remote Tower –Present & Future? Tuesday, September 14 1:30 pm

David Ulane

NASAO Treasurer
Aeronautics Division Director
Colorado Department of Transportation

David Ulane, A.A.E., Director, Colorado Division of Aeronautics
Under the direction of the Colorado Aeronautical Board, Dave leads the Colorado Department of Transportation’s innovative and forward-leaning Aeronautics Division.
Prior to his current role, Dave was the Northwest Mountain Regional Manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), where he managed the
association’s airport advocacy, state and local legislative and governmental affairs, and member engagement in seven
northwestern states. He serves as the current Secretary on the National Association of State
Aviation Officials (NASAO) Executive Committee, and previously was President of the Northwest Chapter of the American
Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and President of the Wyoming Airport Operators Association. An active pilot
since 1987, Dave is a seaplane rated private pilot, currently flying a variety of general aviation aircraft.
Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver
and is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.).
How Do You Measure Success Part l & Part ll: Monday, September 13 2:30 pm & 4 pm, Innovation of Aviation Post Pandemic: Tuesday, September 14 8:30 am

Bobby Walston

NASAO Board Chair
Aviation Division Director
North Carolina Department of Transportation

Bobby Walston, P.E.
Director, NCDOT Division of Aviation
In his role as Director of Aviation for the NC Department of Transportation, Mr. Walston is responsible for all aviation functions regarding state airport and aviation system planning and development, and programs that provide funding and resources to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout North Carolina. He also oversees the division’s aircraft utilized by state agencies, the state’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone) Program, and support for aviation business development across the state.
He is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). In 2019 he was awarded the Kenneth Rowe Ambassador of Aviation Award from NASAO.
A graduate from NC State University, he has a BS in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the US Air Force Air University's Air Command and Staff College. He is also a registered professional engineer in NC.
As a Lieutenant Colonel in the NC Air National Guard, he serves as a Civil Engineer Operations Officer with the 245 Civil Engineer Flight located in Charlotte, NC. LtCol Walston has served over 25 years in the National Guard.
A native to North Carolina he now lives in Wake Forest with his wife and four children.
How Do You Measure Success Part l & Part ll: Monday, September 13 2:30 pm & 4 pm

Stephanie Ward

Aviation Planning Manager
Mead & Hunt

Stephanie Ward, AICP, Manager, Aviation Planning, Mead & Hunt
Stephanie Ward is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BS in Urban Planning and a Masters in Parks and Recreation Planning.
She has been involved in the aviation industry for more than thirty years beginning with obtaining her private pilot license
at 17. She has been an aviation planner and manager with Mead & Hunt for 21 years and has over 29 years of aviation
planning experience completing projects of all sizes across the U.S. She is a certified planner (AICP) and has completed
more than 200 projects across the country ranging from traditional airport master planning, and environmental
assessments, to state aviation system plans and national research for the Airports Cooperative Research Program
(ACRP) where she has been involved with more than 20 projects. Stephanie’s perspective as both an aviation planner
and pilot brings unique understanding to her projects, big and small. She has a passion educating the public on the value
of aviation and getting our next generation of aviation professionals engaged in our exciting industry.
Innovative Strategies for Airport Operations & Revenue: Tuesday, September 14 11 am

Adam White

Aviation Operations Manager
Garver

Adam White is a senior project manager on Garver’s Aviation Team and serves as Garver’s Aviation Operations Manager and the leader of Garver’s Aviation Design Center. He has 15 years of experience specializing in design, evaluation, and maintenance of airfield pavements. Adam has led multiple PCI inspector training seminars and personally inspected over 10 million square feet of airport pavement. He attended the PAVERTM training institute and has taught multiple classes on pavement management at the University of Arkansas. Adam has also followed pavement management plan recommendations through design and construction as part of his role as the Northwest Arkansas Aviation Team Leader. This experience in design and construction has provided opportunities to test different pavement management strategies and document results. Adam leads Garver Aviation’s Pavement Management Services and was instrumental in the development of Garver’s approach to pavement management plans for airports. This approach, called PowerPM, has been successfully implemented by Adam at airports across the country.
Powering the Future Aviation-Airport Electrification: Monday, September 13 10:45 am

Chris Wilcox

Vice President of Business Development
Gevo

Chris Wilcox is a successful venture founder and promoter with the bulk of his experience in commercial development and international trade. He is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Gevo’s hydrocarbon business handling all aspects of strategy, marketing, sales, and distribution. In the decade prior Chris headed business and corporate development efforts for several industrial biotechnology companies as well as traditional companies looking to enter the biotech sector. In the early 2000’s Chris co-founded, grew, and successfully exited Plascon Inc., a company which imports conversion equipment and establishes turn-key manufacturing operations in the ethylene industry. Prior to this Chris managed the Mid-Atlantic region for Rockwell Automation where he directed OEM and distribution relations in the industrial power transmission sector. In addition to his roles in the industrial sector, he has been called to assist in early and small venture valuations and support smaller publicly traded organizations navigate earnings calls and investor presentations. Chris holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business.
UAM Development: Opportunities and Challenges: Tuesday, September 14 11 am

Yolanka Wulff

Co-Executive Director
Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI)

Yolanka Wulff is Co-Executive Director of the Community Air Mobility Initiative, an educational nonprofit working globally to support local communities in the responsible integration of advance air mobility into local and regional transportation systems. Yolanka is responsible for CAMI’s programs including the development of topical resources, webinars, conferences and collaborations. Prior to joining CAMI, she was a sustainable aviation consultant for ten years, working with industry, government, academia and nonprofits on policy, standards and regulations, industry development, market challenges, communications and media relations. Yolanka is a business attorney and consultant with over two decades of experience in the successful development, implementation and management of mission-driven programs. She has experience in sustainable transportation and land use. Yolanka is a member of the Transportation Research Board New Users of Shared Airspace Committee, the GAMA Electric Propulsion Innovation Committee, serves on several ASTM committees developing standards for electric aviation, and also serves as Executive Director of CAFE Foundation where she organizes the annual Electric Aircraft Symposium.
UAM Development: Opportunities and Challenges: Tuesday, September 14 11 am

Dawn Zoldi

CEO
P3 Tech Consulting

Dawn M.K. Zoldi* is a licensed attorney, an U.S. Air Force veteran and the founder and CEO of P3 Tech Consulting, connecting people and their advanced tech platforms with full spectrum policy-relevant information. Ms. Zoldi was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1992 and commissioned through direct appointment in the United States Air Force in July 1993. In her almost 25 years of active duty as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Ms. Zoldi ultimately attained the rank of Colonel and performed a myriad of duties at various command echelons in the continental U.S. and deployed forward. Upon her retirement from active duty in 2018, she spent two years with the Office of the Air Force General Counsel as the Business Matters Attorney for the U.S. Air Force Academy. Ms. Zoldi is currently the Deputy Director of the USAFA's Center for Character and Leadership Development. She is an internationally recognized expert on unmanned aircraft system law and policy, and a recipient of the Woman to Watch in UAS (Leadership) Award 2019. Her recent business endeavors in the drone policy arena include roles as a legal columnist for Inside Unmanned Systems magazine; regular contributor to Commercial UAV News and InterDrone Newsletter; Adjunct Conference Planner for InterDrone 2020 & Member of InterDrone Advisory Board; Senior Advisor to the Urban Low Altitude Transport Association; strategic consultant to Women & Drones' Women to Watch in UAS Global Awards 2020 initiative; strategic partner to Airavat Solutions and Legal/Policy Committee Chair to DRONERESPONDERS.

*Ms. Zoldi is appearing in her private capacity. As such, the views and opinions expressed during her presentation do not reflect those of the DOD, do not constitute endorsement of any organization mentioned and are not intended to influence the action of federal agencies or their employees.