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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Matthew Walsh, P.E., Project Engineer, HNTB Corporation

    Dec. 9, 2021
    While working an internship with a general contractor at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is when Matthew Walsh caught the aviation bug. “I was assigned as a project...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Nathan Sims, MBA, Aviation & Federal Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell

    Dec. 9, 2021
    A summer job at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and the “addictive” world of an airport took Nathan Sims from the path of working in federal law enforcement ...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Stephen Saunders, Director Innovation and Information Technology, CVG Airport

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Stephen Saunders has been at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) for 12 years, working in various roles all while climbing higher. Saunders first started...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Thierry D. Sarr C.M., Senior Airport Planner, Los Angeles World Airports

    Dec. 9, 2021
    The opportunity to leave a lasting legacy and to work on outstanding programs and projects that will impact billions of people for years and decades to come is what Thierry Sarr...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Tony Esposito, PE, Project Manager, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Studying population growth trends around airports while in college is what led Tony Esposito into a career designing airports. “It all makes sense now. My fascination for aviation...

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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Matthew Nelson, ASC, Vice President of Facilities, Birmingham Airport Authority

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Matthew Nelson joined the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International (BHM) Airport as his second job out of college and quickly rose through the ranks – becoming the Vice President...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Natalie Schraner, Sr. HR Partner, Learning and Development, Indianapolis Airport Authority

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Natalie Schraner went from the newsroom to the sky, transitioning from an intern at a local Indianapolis news station to a Flight Attendant to start her aviation career. “I started...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Scott Helms, General Manager, Leading Edge Jet Center

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Scott Helms is the General Manager of Leading Edge Jet Center, located at Boeing Field – where Helms has worked on and off since 2005 for different FBOs around the airport. But...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Zachary Staff, PP, AICP, Regional Aviation Planning Manager, McFarland Johnson

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Zachary Staff went to school for urban planning and geography, happening into aviation by luck. “It was a lot of luck,” said Staff. “I met the right people while I was doing internships...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Rhea A. Hanrahan, Principal Consultant at Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. (HMMH)

    Dec. 9, 2021
    A physicist by schooling, Rhea Hanrahan is using her expertise to help clients with noise and environmental consulting. Working for HMMH for the past twelve years, Hanrahan’s ...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Sri Kumar, PE, Senior Project Specialist, Connico

    Sri Kumar was “boots on the ground from the very first hour of the very first day” of his first job out of college, working on a runway reconstruction project at the Detroit Metropolita...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Nicole Robinson Owens, MPM, CQM, Assistant Director, Project Delivery, Infrastructure, Houston Airport System (HAS)

    Dec. 9, 2021
    As Assistant Director, Project Delivery, Infrastructure, for the Houston Airport System, Nicole Owens and her team are responsible for successfully delivering over 100 Capital...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Paul H. Swift, C.M., LEED GA, Deputy Director; Planning, Design & Construction, Wayne County Airport Authority

    Aviation and construction run deep in Paul Swift's blood.“My great grandfather was in construction, building homes in the Detroit area and both of my grandfathers were in aviation...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Matthew Sornig, Controls Development Supervisor, Daifuku Airport Technologies, Jervis B. Webb Company

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Matthew Sornig is the controls development supervisor for Jervis B. Webb, a Daifuku company, and has been with the company for 12 years and in his current role for two. Sornig...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Matthew Brown C.M., Assistant Airport Manager, Columbus Municipal Airport

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Matthew Brown grew up near an airport, leading him to develop an interest in aviation early on in his life. Planning to become a pilot, Brown enrolled in Vincennes University,...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Colin Bible, PE, Aviation Team Leader, Senior Project Manager

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Colin Bible’s sights weren’t set on aviation when he graduated. The industry wasn’t even on his radar, he recounts, only ever having flown once in his life to that point. But ...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Mitchell R. Hooper, MBA, Aviation Planning Manager for Mead & Hunt

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Aviation has always been a part of Mitchell Hooper’s life. Born in New Zealand, Hooper’s grandfather was one of New Zealand’s first aerial crop dusters and had his own business...
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    Build Back Better

    Dec. 9, 2021
    It’s clear to me the wind is at our back going into 2022.The worst of the pandemic appears to be over. Vaccines are making into arms—albeit slower than anticipated, but even some...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Zachary Bass, C.M., Airport Director, Redmond Municipal Airport

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Growing up on Air Force bases gave Zachary Bass an early understanding of aviation, and he would later join the Air Force himself. After his time in the Air Force, Bass worked...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Nyika A. Allen, C.M.

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Four years ago, Nyika Allen was brand new to the aviation industry. Traveling while in college piqued her interest in the industry, but it wasn’t until becoming the Director of...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Nicholas May, Senior Commercial Director, Baker Hughes

    Nicholas May has his hands on the technology of tomorrow. While working for Schneider Electric, May “worked with Airport Staff, Design Firms, and Construction Managers to help...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Jamin Heldt, PE

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Jamin Heldt likes to tell people he just happened to “land” in aviation during his career.While studying civil engineering at the University of Evansville, Heldt attended a career...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: David Buritica, Director of Sales and Marketing, Sheltair Aviation

    2021 has been a good year for David Buritica. The director of sales and marketing at Sheltair Aviation is not only an Airport Business 40 Under 40 award winner. He is also a 2021...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Ashley Udick, General Manager, Aero Center Lakeland

    Ashley Udick would like to see more outreach to the younger generation about the numerous jobs and opportunities in the aviation field.Udick said there wasn't one specific experience...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Anastacia Michigan, PE, LEED, Mechanical Engineer, Arora Engineers Inc.

    Anastacia Michigan is not afraid of challenges – especially design challenges. That’s good because, as she says, “Every project offers a unique set of challenges. I enjoy determining...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Chad Rosenstein, MBA, C.M., Government Affairs & Grants Director, Lee County Port Authority

    Chad Rosenstein, MBA, C.M., has become one of the main resources for Florida airports needing help with state and federal issues. Rosenstein serves on the Florida Airports Council...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Ashley M. Bruton, MSHR, SHRM-CP, PHR, Director of Human Resources, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District

    Ashley M. Bruton, MSHR, SHRM-CP, PHR, loves aviation for some of the same reasons that she loves HR: “The landscape is ever-changing, so each day is unique and challenging, and...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Dana Nelson, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Metropolitan Airports Commission

    Dana Nelson is the first director of stakeholder engagement for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC). She was promoted to this role in 2019 to maintain the regulatory responsibili...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Justin Wortman, AIA

    Dec. 9, 2021
    When Justin Wortman got out of college in 2008, he got a job with a small local architecture firm in Los Angeles that did a lot of work with Los Angeles International Airport ...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Kristina M. Bennett-Holmes, C.M.

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Kristina Bennett-Holmes always wanted to be a pilot when she was growing up. While attending the University of Southern Mississippi, a professor learned of her dream when Gulfport...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Alex Renteria-Aguilar, Public Information Officer, Denver International Airport

    “What kind of chocolate do they sell at the airport?” “Plane chocolate.” During the pandemic, people have had to get creative and find new ways to engage with one another. Denver...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Byron Chavez, PE, Aviation Engineer, RS&H

    Aviation engineer Byron Chavez, PE, is a motorcycle enthusiast. He not only likes to ride motorcycles, he’s also taken interest in working on them and is in the process of fixing...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Api Appulingam, P.E., Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development, City of Philadelphia, Division of Aviation

    Api Appulingam, P.E., was born in Malaysia, a country native to neither of her parents. She credits her parents, who often traveled, for her love of traveling and exploring world...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Anthony W. Barnes, Chief Operating Officer, Airport Minority Advisory Council

    Anthony W. Barnes is the chief operating officer at the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), which is the only trade association dedicated to increasing diversity in airport...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Keaghon W. Stark ACE

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Keaghon Stark was working as a line man when he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina with his family. He couldn’t find any job openings in the local market and ended up taking ...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Jill Mackenzie A. Geboy

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Jill Geboy’s love of aviation started when she would make model airplanes with her dad while she was growing up. Her first flight took place in high school when she went to Japan...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Jeff Kadlec, C.M.

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Jeff Kadlec fell in love with aviation as a child. Growing up in the Chicago area, he would go to the annual air and water show downtown where he became fascinated with planes...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: David Delaney

    Dec. 9, 2021
    David Delaney was always interested in aviation and airplanes when he was growing up. He got a job with a large technology company as an engineering intern while he was in college...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Dave Schaumburg, A.A.E.

    Dec. 9, 2021
    David J. Schaumburg has served as the principal deputy director for the Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) since March 2017. He oversees all operations and maintenance...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Francisco Partida, C.M.

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Francisco Partida grew up among airplanes and airports. His father was a regional airports manager for Mexicana Airlines during the 1980s and introduced him to the industry. Before...
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    2021 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Gloria Bouillon C.M., A.C.E.

    Dec. 9, 2021
    As the daughter of a French immigrant, Gloria Bouillon always envisioned flying her family to France instead of flying commercially when she was growing up. She knew she wanted...
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    Midwest’s Carver Aero FBO Network Rebranded as revv aviation

    Dec. 9, 2021
    You can’t help but hear the growl of an airplane’s engine in the name of a new aviation brand set to officially launch New Year’s Day of 2022: revv aviation.The story behind revv...
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    More than 164,000 square feet of space will be remodeled and 117,000 square feet of new walkways and concession space will be added to the airport terminal.
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    An Expanded Passenger Experience

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Southwest Florida Regional Airport (RSW) is streamlining its terminal to provide a better overall guest experience for travelers. The $331-million project focuses on improving...
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    A Legacy We Built Together

    Dec. 9, 2021
    When I first started in the Aviation Group, I knew nothing about the industry. I had flown a couple times in my life. Navigating through an airport seemed daunting. And what was...
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    Make Air Cargo a Priority for Smaller Regional Airports

    Dec. 9, 2021
    Between an e-commerce boom, supply chain shortages, and intense consumer demand, there’s little doubt: It’s a new era for the cargo freight industry.During 2020, consumers became...
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    Dec. 4, 2021
    How upgrading your door ensures longevity & greater efficiency.
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    Aug. 9, 2021
    Aquajet’s Rotolance attachments work in conjunction with Aqua Cutter 710 Hydrodemolition Robots to deliver water pressures in excess of 36,000 psi through a specially designed...
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