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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?
I joined in 2010 as an Academic Member, attending California State University - Los Angeles.
What is your professional background?
When I was attending college, I started out as a Passenger Services Agent for Hallmark Aviation Services at LAX, working for both Emirates & Spirit Airlines. I participated in two internships with the City of Los Angeles in the Van Nuys Airport Noise Office, and in the Airport Operations Department for the John Wayne Airport. My first full-time job was working as an Airport Operations Officer for the Ventura County Department of Airports, where I was fortunate enough to "wear many different hats" and I credit my time there to the experiences & lessons learned. I moved back home to the SF Bay Area, and spent a few years working for the City of Hayward as an Airport Operations & Noise Specialist. Before working for the City of Livermore, I spent 2 years at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport as an Airport Duty Manager.
Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?
My biggest influence has definitely been Mr. Curt Castagna, President/CEO of The Aeroplex-Aerolease Group. Mr. Castagna has provided invaluable advice & mentorship through just-about every step of my journey so far. Before I made any job change, I have sought out his advice and guidance. I am humbly grateful for all of the support he has given to me, and many of his other students.
Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?
I am a very active person. Over the past few years I have become "addicted" to Obstacle Course Racing (Spartan, Tough Mudder, Etc....) and I consider this sport to be a metaphor to life. During everyone's journey, we meet obstacles along the way. When we meet these obstacles, we can either give up, exit the course, and go home, or conquer that obstacle, and push forward towards the finish line.
What is your favorite seat in an airplane?
If anyone wants to get me a Christmas Gift, I'm a size "Business Class" in airplane tickets.