Airport Business Names Its Dream Team

May 16, 2014
Meet the notable industry professionals on Airport Business’ editorial advisory board

One of the features that characterizes the top magazines and newspapers in the world is the presence of an outstanding, diverse and active editorial board. This board of highly visible, recognized and influential experts willing to position their reputation, knowledge and energy with a media outlet is critical to a publication’s success.

Airport Business is pleased to announce that it has created just such an overarching editorial board to help lead the magazine toward the future. These board members have agreed to aid us in crafting a magazine that delivers the high level of content you’ve come to expect over the past 28 years.

Please join us in welcoming our new board members. Thank you for your service and we’re pleased and honored to have you onboard!

Kim Day

Manager of Aviation

Denver International Airport

Kim Day began leading Denver International Airport (DEN)—the fifth-largest commercial airport in the United States—in April 2008. DEN boasts a robust network of more than 180 destinations served, including an ever-growing list of international destinations. Reappointed to her position as the chief executive officer in 2011 by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, she has continued her vision for the region’s primary economic engine. Since her tenure began, she oversaw an update to the airport’s master plan and set in motion the program that would complete its original vision: the hotel and transit center program, which will bring a 519-room at-terminal hotel in late 2015, as well as a commuter rail for the system linking the airport and downtown Denver in 2016. With more than 35 years of experience, Day has served as executive director of Los Angeles World Airports —the agency that manages Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, and Palmdale Regional Airport. Before assuming the top position with LAWA, she oversaw the agency’s design and construction.

John Segaert

Chief Information Officer

Dubai World Airports

John Segaert brings a world-class point of view to Airport Business. In March 2013, Dubai Airports appointed Segaert, a seasoned executive with a wealth of experience in airport and airline operations as its new Chief Information Officer. Segaert joined Dubai Airports from Air Canada where he led various projects from 2000-2013, including the development and construction of a new Operations Center. As the general manager of Toronto Airport Operations he oversaw the airline’s day-to-day operations for all aspects of hub development for Canada’s largest international airport. Prior to managing the hub’s operations, Segaert led strategic planning and program delivery for moving Air Canada’s operations into the airport’s newly constructed Terminal 1.

Rosemary Vassiliadis

Director of Aviation

Clark County Department of Aviation

Rosemary Vassiliadis bring to Airport Business a wealth of experience and knowledge in operating commercial service and general aviation airports. Vassiliadis was named Clark County Director of Aviation in March 2013, after serving as its deputy director of aviation since December 1997. In her current role, she oversees all operations at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, as well as general aviation airports in North Las Vegas, Henderson, Jean and Overton, Nev. Vassiliadis, who manages the work of 1,500 employees, is the 11th person to lead Clark County’s aviation system since McCarran was established in 1948, and is the first woman to serve as director. Under Vassiliadis’ leadership, the airport has developed an industry-leading security program while maintaining a strong commitment to world-class customer service.

Roddy Boggus

Senior Vice President

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Roddy Boggus is the global aviation market leader at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management organization. He is responsible for managing the firm’s planning, engineering and construction services for airports worldwide. An architect with over 20 years of experience, Boggus has been involved with airport planning, design, and construction projects on behalf of both the airline industry and airport operators throughout the United States, Europe, Latin and South America as well as the Middle East and Africa. He has served as a senior executive with architectural and engineering firms active in the aviation market and was the co-owner of Hodges-Boggus Architects LLC, an aviation architectural firm serving air carriers, including American Airlines and Continental Airlines. In 2013, Boggus was named to the Airports Council International’s (ACI) World Business Partners (WBP) Advisory Board, which serves as a resource for businesses and individuals that provide products and services to commercial aviation.

Bobbi Thompson, C.A.E.

Chief Operating Officer

ABS Aviation;

Executive Vice President,

Airport Business Solutions

Bobbi Thompson brings Airport Business a point of view that ranges from FBO management to airport operations. She is the chief operating officer of ABS Aviation, an international FBO holding and airport management company; and executive vice president of Airport Business Solutions. She is also the president of the Nevada Airports Association. ABS Aviation is currently contracted by Douglas County to manage Minden-Tahoe Airport where Thompson has served as the airport manager for the past four years. Over her 40-year career, Thompson has made presentations to airports, produced air shows and completed airport projects in 12 other countries. Her career has included: FAA contract assignments, aviation consulting for more than 1,400 airports/FBOs, multiple speaking engagements promoting aviation and careers in aviation, more than 100 various airport policy documents and she is currently working with the Nevada’s Governor’s office in developing drone manufacturing opportunities for the State of Nevada.

Tom Hendricks

President and CEO

National Air Transportation Association (NATA)

Tom Hendricks brings to Airport Business an extensive background in aviation, with airlines, general aviation and as the president and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association, a position he’s held since July 2012. Prior to joining NATA, he was senior vice president of safety, security and operations for Airlines for America (A4A) beginning in June 2010. In this role, he was responsible for the technical and operational functions of A4A and developing and shaping A4A regulatory positions on flight operations, safety, engineering, air traffic management and security. He also led A4A efforts in cargo, passenger facilitation, airport infrastructure and passenger service standards. He co-chaired both the ADS-B In Aviation Rulemaking Committee and the Working Subcommittee of the NextGen Advisory Committee. Prior to joining A4A, Hendricks oversaw day-to-day flight operations at Delta Air Lines as director of operations. The retired Air Force Reserve colonel and career fight pilot also served active duty as a U.S. Navy officer on the USS Midway and as an instructor pilot at the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School.

Dom Nessi

Deputy Executive Director/Chief Information Officer

Los Angeles World Airports

As the CIO and deputy executive director with Los Angeles World Airports for nearly seven years, Dom Nessi stands poised to bring his expertise in information management and technology to Airport Business. Nessi is responsible for all information management and technology functions at three airports (Los Angeles International, the 5th largest airport in the world; Van Nuys, the busiest general aviation airport in the world; and Ontario International Airport). His role includes oversight and management of all airfield and landside support, business and administrative information systems and functions such as Common-Use Support Processing, flight and baggage information terminal paging, automated vehicle identification, airport badging system and parking systems. He also oversees all airport public safety security, including access control systems, closed circuit TVs, video management systems, digital trunked radio, computer-aided dispatch and other security-related systems. Nessi also manages/supports the technology component of major capital improvement projects. 

David Saleme, A.A.E.

Manager, Business Development - Concessions & Rental Cars / Associate Counsel

Columbus Regional Airport Authority

David Saleme brings to Airport Business more than 16 years of experience in aviation revenue development, including terminal and concession development, aviation-related business development, aviation real estate management, terminal marketing, developing new business initiatives, aviation and business law, and rental car management. Saleme joined the Columbus Regional Airport Authority in October 1996.  He is a member of the Digital Signage Expo’s Advisory Board representing the transportation section. Throughout his time with CRAA he has been responsible for terminal and concession development at Port Columbus International Airport which includes terminal advertising and marketing.  Saleme manages the in-airport advertising program, which includes, in addition to the award-winning 72-screen video wall system, more than 30 additional digital advertising screens throughout the terminal, including multiple advertising supported interactive digital courtesy phone kiosks, and the external digital billboard program. Saleme’s other efforts at Port Columbus International Airport include the negotiating and drafting of concession agreements, bid packages, requests for proposal, land and building leases, airline lease amendments, minimum standards, and other agreements with a broad spectrum of airport tenants and operators. 

Yvonne Putze

Director of Products and Marketing


Yvonne Putze brings a unique point of view serving as the director of products and marketing for EPIC, an aviation fuel supplier with primary operations throughout the United States and Canada. Putze has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Buena Vista University and has worked in marketing for more than 25 years. She resides in Oregon and works out of the EPIC Salem, Ore. headquarters. Putze has extensive expertise with brand strategy, event marketing, public relations, social media, collateral development and advertising. The last several years of her professional experience have been within the aviation industry.  She is the vice chair of the NBAA Exhibitor Advisory Committee and is active member in the American Marketing Association.  Putze is also a volunteer with Make-A-Wish as an ambassador board member and is preparing to become a Wish Granter for the organization.