2017 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40

Jan. 29, 2019

The Airport Business Top 40 Under 40 showcases top talent and leading thinkers in the aviation industry who are building success today and innovations for the future.

Candidates for 2017 were vetted on innovation, outstanding attributes, and commitment and involvement in the industry.

The following people were chosen by a panel of judges in conjunction with the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) to be honored in 2017 for their accomplishments: 

  • Evan Barrett, AICP, aviation planner & project manager, Mead & Hunt 
  • Luis Barros, CEO, founder, Horizon Air Group
  • Nicholas A. Belluardo, C.M., airport planning coordinator, Cleveland Airport System; co-founder, AeroTrek Flight Academy; co-founder, flight services of Wadsworth 
  • Mitzi Chamakala Chollampel, senior manager, international marketing & P.R., Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) 
  • Ryan G. Collins, ACE, airport operations shift manager, Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) 
  • Zach DeVeau, AICP, aviation planner, Kimley-Horn
  • Kelly L. Dockrell, district manager of sales, aviation/aerospace, Stevens Global Logistics 
  • J’Aimeka “Jai” Ferrell, marketing & creative services, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Sevda Fevzi, manager, ASQ strategic marketing, Airports Council International - World (ACI-World)
  • Paul Gerrety, IAP, manager, properties and business development, Jacksonville Aviation Authority
  • Ben Goebel, AIA, NCARB, principal, Gresham, Smith and Partners
  • Brian Gulliver, P.E., LEED AP, aerospace and spaceport practice leader, Kimley-Horn
  • Jim R. Halley, III, A.A.E., ACE, aviation system manager with the Florida Department of Transportation, Aviation and Spaceports Office
  • Kaela N. Harmon, C.M., public relations specialist, Sr., Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Asitha Jayasinghe, director, Aviation Voice 
  • Kris Koch, PE, manager aviation services, Jacobs
  • Amy Ludwig, administrator of aviation, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)
  • Keri Lyn Lyons, airport certification and safety specialist, Office of Airport Safety and Standards, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Ryan Maxfield, general manager/director of business development, Indy Jet; member/general manager, Columbus Jet; member/director of business development, Quincy Aviation; member/director of business development, Horizon Jet Charter; member/director of business development, Phoenix Flight Academy
  • Nick McLaughlin, PE, ENV SP, managing engineer, C&S Companies
  • Lynette Mellett, PE, aviation section manager, HNTB Corp.
  • Tim Mensonides, C.M., airport manager, Port of Bremerton
  • Eric L. Mercado, C.M., ACE, chief executive officer, Aviation Career Services
  • Shawn J. Murphy, P.E., project manager, HNTB Corp.
  • Stephanie Murphy, CEM, manager, emergency management and preparedness, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA)
  • Daniel B. Pruim, director of airport development, Horry County Department of Airports 
  • Faith Quilling, senior director, development, Clear Channel Airports
  • Stefanie Rakes, director, business development, Le Duff America
  • Tiana Rossow, marketing & communications manager, Rochester International Airport (RST)
  • Annie Russo, vice president, government and political affairs, Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA)
  • Carly Shannon, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, senior project planner, sustainability leader, C&S Companies
  • Jason T. Shevrin, PE, senior vice president, special systems practice lead, Arora Engineers Inc.
  • Jon Simmers, CEO, Bismarck Aero Center
  • Samantha J. Stedford, C.M., manager of business diversity and outreach, Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) 
  • Buck Taft, director of airports, Port of Pasco 
  • Justin Towles, vice president, regulatory and legislative affairs, American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) 
  • Leo Treggi, MAS, MBA, CM, airport manger-real estate/general aviation at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Zach Varwig, project manager, Faith Group 
  • Kate R. Webb, concessions & business development manager, contracts & proposals, Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC)  
  • Gladys Diva Brown-Wiggins, CM, MBA, airport director for Yuma International Airport and Rolle Airfield, Yuma County Airport Authority