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Alice Bimrose, A.A.E., ACE

Assistant Deputy
City of Phoenix Aviation Department










When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

I joined SWAAAE in 2011. Around this time, I set a personal goal to complete my accreditation (A.A.E.) and it felt important to me that I be part of the regional association. When Phoenix hosted the SWAAAE Summer Conference in 2013, I was part of the planning committee, which was a great way to get actively involved. I have been a part of SWAAAE conferences and committees ever since that time and it's a great experience!

What is your professional background?

I have a bachelor’s degree in social work. When I was a young professional, I worked with adults with mental illness in various case management and residential living program positions at non-profit organizations in the Phoenix area. I have a master's degree in human resources with an emphasis in training and organizational development. In 1997, I joined the City of Phoenix Aviation Department as a Training Coordinator, doing primarily safety and onboarding training. In early 2001, I took a temporary position in the Facilities and Services (Maintenance) division, expecting to return to the training team within a year. Due to 9/11, my temporary assignment continued for three years and I never returned to my training role. In my 25 years with the Phoenix Airport, I have had the chance to work in 10 different roles in seven different areas of the Airport. This means I have moved to a new role, on average, every 2 1⁄2 years so I was able to keep learning about different parts of the business. I completed an Airport Management Certificate at Embry Riddle in 2011, and feel that between those classes and my many work assignments, I have a well-rounded knowledge of airports.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?


Many people have influenced me in my aviation career. With limited space, I'm sharing the top four influencers. Becky Gawin hired me and helped me understand how things work in city government. She and Carl Newman recognized that my skills could be applied beyond human resources, and gave me the opportunity to do my first ‘temporary assignment,’ which put me on the path to grow in the operational side of the airport business. Jennifer Maples has fostered my interest in being involved in professional associations, including Women’s Transportation Seminar, Arizona Airports Association, SWAAAE and AAAE. Dan Bartholomew was my accreditation mentor. Dan not only helped me with the accreditation process, but encouraged me to continue learning and staying current in the industry through programs such as involvement in the Airport Cooperative Research Program.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I love to hike and feel happy every time I put on my hiking boots! Arizona has a plethora of beautiful places and parks, so I always have a wish list of places to hike. I love to travel, spend time with my two young adult sons and my large family of origin, and I'm an avid reader. I adopted a dog during the pandemic after a lifetime without a pet. I adore this little creature named Gizmo and I can't imagine how I've lived without him!

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

In recent years I have switched from the aisle to the window. I like to look out the window and was noticing from my aisle seat that often the window seat occupant had the shade pulled down so they could be on their phone. Now I can control the view!

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COLE HARTFIEL, C.M.







Airport Planner
Sacramento County Department of Airports

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

Officially, my name was on the SWAAAE roster in 2020, but I have been involved with SWAAAE since 2018 at the summer conference in Sacramento.

I was already part of AAAE, but knowing the summer conference was in Sacramento, I volunteered to help. I was assigned to help with the Audio/Visual stuff for the conference. A short time later I was named Generation 3 Chair of the Zebra Zero Zero Visual and Audio Production Committee (formerly known as the Technology Committee).

What is your professional background?

I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2011 with a degree in Economics (Minor in Air Transportation Administration). As far as my professional career, the timing of this question is apt, as my career odometer rolled past 10 years in January 2022. In 2012, I started with AECOM in Philadelphia. I then worked for two different consulting firms in Minnesota: Bolton & Menk, Inc. and TKDA. I finally found my way onto the airport-side by getting hired by the Sacramento County Department of Airports in 2017.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

It says the greatest, but there’s never just one. First, aviation is in my family. My dad, Joel Hartfiel, is a commercial airline pilot. My mom, Becky Gilbert, was a gate agent when they met. I wouldn’t be in love with aviation as much if it weren’t for my parents.

Next, I have to thank a college professor, Dr. Dave Byers, who couldn’t figure out how he ended up in Omaha, NE, to teach when he was formerly living in Florida and teaching at FIT. I think it was fate, as he helped me get into the industry and consulting, helping me eventually land in Sacramento.

Third, is my buddy Dan Pruim, whom I met through Dr. Byers. I’m pretty sure he helped me get my first gig in Philadelphia. Dan is a great man, a great friend, and a genius airport planner who currently works for The Port of Oakland (OAK).

Finally, a former supervisor, brilliant planner, and another great friend, Marcus Watson. He helped me learn how to navigate FAA conversations and Technical Advisory Meetings with the airports we supported.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I’m not native to the SWAAAE region, originating from the Northland, also known as Minnesota. My dad was a pilot for Bemidji Airways and got a job with Midwest Express, moving us to Milwaukee. We eventually settled in Glenwood, IA (my hometown), while my dad flew out of Eppley Airfield (OMA) in Omaha, NE. Being from "Minnie," it’s probably obvious why I love hockey and played it for 25 years (indoors and outdoors; -10 degrees? don’t care) before retiring due to too many concussions. (I played goalie = too many pucks to the head, especially from the ex-college and ex-pro guys I played against in an intense 3v3 league).

I have an amazing, regular-Midwest-sized 78-pound dog named Stella whom I rescued seven years ago. Finally, I love playing video games with friends and my brother (Homeworld is my favorite game series), and spending time with my partner watching cooking shows, playing board games, or listening to our vinyl collection.

If I were sent to Mars and could have the entire musical collection of only three artists to listen to on the way, it would be extremely difficult to choose. Topping my list would be Prince (being from Minnie and the fact he was an amazing musician); Caravan Palace; and anything Theo Keating partnered on (The Wiseguys, Black Ghosts, etc.).

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

Depending on the aircraft and seating configuration, it’s typically in the 22-27 row range, Seat A. I love watching the wings do their thing (ailerons, flaps, spoilers, etc.), and I find I can typically point out my parents’ houses when flying out from OMA (Mom in NE; Dad in IA) from the left side. That seat was perfect, too, when a flight I was on blew a tire (the one nearest to me on the left side) and I got to watch the SMF Airport Fire and Operations teams respond to make sure we were okay. They did an amazing job! However, if I’m traveling with my partner, it’s easier to just sit towards the front and get out ASAP.

HARRY BARRETT JR., A.A.E. 



Assistant Executive Airport Director
Palm Springs International Airport

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

I joined SWAAAE as soon as I moved to California in 2020 so I don't have a particularly long history YET. Joining SWAAAE was a way for me to get involved with something bigger - to learn from others in this region - because that will ultimately make me a better airport professional.

It also surprised me a little that PSP didn't seem to have that connection with the chapter in a way that I was used to, coming from the Pacific Northwest/NWAAAE - so my goal is to get my staff more engaged as well.

What is your professional background?

My aviation career started in the Air Force. I flew as a crew member aboard the E-3 AWACS for 5 years, another 2 years aboard the AC-130 Gunship and spent the last 4 years planning and running aviation resource operations for the USAF drone program.

My airport career started at BLI as an Operations/ARFF specialist, then I took a role with Sea-Tac International Airport as a Landside Supervisor before landing my first Airport Manager job with Renton Municipal Airport. Early last year I accepted a position here at Palm Springs as the Deputy Director of Aviation Operations and was promoted to Assistant Executive Airport Director this year.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle, a Master of Public Administration from Park University, and an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Management at Arizona State. I'm also an accredited member and sit on multiple committees with AAAE and SWAAAE.

I'm also honored and excited to chair the committee that's planning SWAAAE's Winter 2022 Hybrid Conference in Monterey, California, January 23rd through the 26th. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

An Air Force pilot named Sean Williams played a huge role in my career progression early in my military career. Now retired, Col Williams was the first aviator I had met that I could identify with as an aspiring black aviator myself.

When I was younger, I didn't know how/where to start in launching a career in aviation. Sean mentored me -- and often challenged me to pursue things that I never thought I could achieve. The importance of having someone in your corner who you can identify with has not escaped my thinking...which is why I dedicate my time to mentoring others today.

Some thoughts to share about how PSP and our team have managed over the past 18+ months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Our biggest challenge has been ensuring that our services reflect what our customers expect of PSP. Many of our concessionaires, contractors, ground transportation providers and other tenants were forced to reduce their workforce in the pandemic. Given the seasonal nature of PSP, it has been difficult hiring talent to return those services to 100%.

Our facility rebounded very quickly from depressed travel and we've got more airlines, more passenger traffic and we serve more destinations than at this point pre-pandemic. Also, we've been able to keep our exceptional team intact and their work is directly tied to the success of PSP.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I love music. I play the piano and, before moving to California, I was a member of the Seattle Men's Chorus. I also play tennis and go biking on weekends. My partner Mike and I have two dogs who keep us busy when I'm not doing that.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

The left seat in the cockpit.

KENNETH G. MOEN


Special Projects/Program Manager
Armstrong Consultants, Inc.

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

Airport administration is a second career for me in aviation. I found SWAAAE and AAAE the best place to be to get to know the people in the industry and learn as much as I could about airport management.

What is your professional background?

I spent 31 years as an air traffic controller. I started in the US Army as an 18-year old serving stateside and in South Korea. I was hired by the FAA after the 1981 PATCO strike at the RNO ATCT/TRACON for my initial certification. I moved to Denver TRACON for three years and returned to RNO prior to DIA opening. I retired in 2009. I spent a year as a contractor at the Baghdad International Airport. I worked both the Tower and Enroute Center supporting the opening of civil aviation in Iraq and supporting US military operations. My airport management career started at RNO in airport communications, then operations and general aviation property management. I am now a Special Projects/Program Manager at Armstrong Consultants, Inc.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I enjoyed coaching youth sports while my kids were growing up. My newest hobby is hanging with my 20-month old grandson, Bennett, my wife Denise, my adult children (Erika and Mitchell) and their spouses.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

The jump seat!

DAREN GRIFFIN







President/CEO

Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

I joined SWAAAE in the Fall of 2020 after joining the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority in August, 2020. Prior to joining RTAA I was a member of the NW Chapter of AAAE for 20 years. I served in Board and Officer roles for many years. I am a firm believer in the importance of the AAAE Chapters, and I'm excited to join SWAAAE and help the Chapter in any way I can. I was honored to host the 75th Annual SWAAAE Summer Conference here in Reno, NV!

What is your professional background?

I have been in airport management since I graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I began my career at the Yuma, AZ International Airport, working my way up to Deputy Director. I then held management positions with the Oregon Department of Aviation, and the Port of Portland before joining the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority in 2020. I am a veteran of the U.S. Army, and the Arizona Army National Guard specializing in supply, logistics and transportation.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

My first Airport Director was Ed Thurmond, C.A.E., A.A.E. in Yuma, AZ. Ed served as Airport Director at multiple airports in the Western U.S including Salt Lake City, Los Angeles County, Aspen and others. He also served as President of SWAAAE (1974-75), and on the Board of AAAE. Ed mentored me in many ways during my first six years in airport management, and had a huge impact on my career path and aspirations. Yuma was his last stop on a long and distinguished career in the Airport Management industry, and I learned SO much from him.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I have been married for 23 years to my amazing wife Veronica, and we have three children ages 16, 18, and 20. Love to travel, golf, watch live sports, and snorkeling!

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

Window seat - always!

LISA WATADA




Assistant Vice President, Aviation
WSP USA

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

WSP has been attending and sponsoring SWAAAE's conferences since 2017 so we decided to make it official and joined with a Corporate Membership in 2020. I became involved in SWAAAE with the encouragement of Judy Ross of SJC as she knows that I have a special interest in mentoring students and younger professionals. Judy helped me become involved in the Student Sessions at the 'Winter Short Course and it's been wonderful to follow some of the students' careers post-college. I really enjoy SWAAAE's conferences as they aren't so large that you feel overwhelmed by the number of attendees and the sessions are very relevant.

What is your professional background?

I am not an engineer; I actually have a degree in English Literature! However, I was raised in Northern Virginia as my father worked for the Air Transport Association (ATA) and then the FAA, so I remember spending many hours on airplanes flying here and there because he often took the family with him to conferences. I guess aviation has always been a part of my life. I started off working in Public Affairs on a large Caltrans highway project in the Bay Area and in 1998 I was offered a job as a marketing manager for a PM/CM firm that was involved with SFO's large master plan. I kept gravitating towards aviation projects and in my current position at WSP I am part of the National Aviation practice.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

My father, who as I stated earlier, worked for the ATA and the FAA and wrapped up his career in the private sector. He retired more than 20 years ago, but he is truly one of the wisest persons that I know.

Jackson Wong, retired COO of SFO. Jackson mentored me when I first began working in Aviation.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I am a huge Francophile and can't wait until I can return to France.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

Definitely aisle, which is even better when the middle seat is vacant.

CYNTHIA GUIDRY, P.E.






Director 
Long Beach Airport (LGB)

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

I've been a member of SWAAAE on and off over the past 10 years while working for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). When I started at Long Beach Airport (LGB), I recognized the opportunities that SWAAAE offers to members and airports.

The chapter's smaller conferences allow attendees to network and exchange stories related to our industry. I appreciate the reduced venues, offering relaxed conversations and smaller groups. Specific to California airports and the challenges operators face, SWAAAE is an important networking resource to identify opportunities and overcome challenges unique to our State.

What is your professional background?

I'm a licensed civil engineer in the state of California. This background and degree helped me in many ways to launch my career in aviation.

While working on capital improvement projects at LAWA, I came to learn there are so many other aspects to airports than engineering alone. Airports are little cities run like a business, with HR, finance, technology, and many other important focus areas.

While earning my MBA at Pepperdine University, the organizational leadership classes were my favorite. These courses were my foundation for understanding the importance of building relationships and recognizing the value of people as they are who get things done. I learned there are different types of communication styles for different people — each with unique personalities. We don't have all the answers as individuals despite doing our best work. Teamwork is how we accomplish significant quality projects and programs with and for our many stakeholders.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

During my 18 years at LAWA, there were so many people who influenced me.

Five different female CEOs led the organization while I was there, some of whom are still in aviation. A few that immediately come to mind are Lydia Kennard, Gina Marie Lindsey and Deborah Flint.

There were also many great men who influenced my work and my career while at LAWA.

An important note about the past year while our industry, and LGB, specifically, rose to the crisis that was and continues to be the Covid-19 pandemic. I’d like to acknowledge the LGB team — employees, airlines and concessionaires, and our elected officials, business partners and stakeholders — for quickly coming together to get us through this tough period. We all worked together to streamline costs, including a City of Long Beach-wide furlough (reduced hours) for our staff. New and ongoing communications methods and messaging were key to keeping our programs and projects moving forward, as limited budgets allowed, while continuing to be responsive to our passengers. One year in, I’m so pleased that LGB continues to thrive and be an important resource for our community. A particular bright spot is that we now have two carriers offering nonstop service to Honolulu and Maui, in-demand destinations for our local travelers.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I'm a wife and a mom to two boys - rising middle-school and high-school students. They keep me busy making sure they get to their various extracurricular activities!

I love to golf when I do get my own time. There's something about being on the course between 6 - 7 a.m., and starting my day in this amazing way.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

The window seat is my favorite. I like to look outside during takeoff and landing, and I often take pictures to savor the moment.

J. BRIAN O'NEILL, A.A.E.




Executive Director/CEO

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

In 2015, when I relocated from New Hampshire to Arizona. I feel strongly about belonging to, and participating in, the local chapter of AAAE.

What is your professional background?

25+ years in progressive airport management - Assistant Airport Director - Air Service Development, Marketing, and Public Relations; Deputy Director; and now Airport Director.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

During the past two decades, I've been very fortunate to have had a couple of former bosses (Airport Directors) that provided great leadership and served as role models for me. Observing them as they interacted with elected officials, the FAA, local community members, the media, and various airport tenants was extremely educational.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I love spending time outdoors with my family. I also really enjoy watching college football.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

At 6'4" I appreciate an isle seat or the emergency exit row when I can get it.

GLADYS BROWN, C.M., C.A.E.



Airport Director
Yuma International Airport & Rolle Airfield

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

I joined SWAAAE within the first year of entering the aviation industry around 2009. I wanted to get involved and learn as much as I could. I felt SWAAAE was a great place to start. My first real introduction to the organization was with Todd McNamee.

What is your professional background?

I actually went to a merchant marine academy (the best one there is - California Maritime Academy) and received my undergraduate in mechanical engineering, got my license to sail and ended up staying shoreside working for a huge corporation as a mechanical and electrical integrity consultant. Life happened, found myself in Yuma, AZ, worked as a civil engineer under one of the kindest local professional engineers, Vonne Nicklaus, which got me the introduction and professional relationship with the airport. I did end up getting my master’s in business over those years which has helped a great deal. Fun fact: I actually started off as a sociology major at the first college I got a basketball scholarship at, a division 2 NCAA college (CSU Humboldt) then left after my first "redshirt" year to a division 3 NAIA college (Cal Maritime) to play volleyball and focus on academics.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

From a mentorship and growth perspective, it will have to be Corinne Nystrom and Barney Helmick. The growing pains and many conversations helped me tremendously - especially on the tougher days. There are many others too which have been there in friendship from the awesome teleconference coffee mornings with Mark Witsoe to the beginning times (when I just started my career) having a meal with Carl Newman on the Monterey harbor or the breakdown discussions with Courtney Johnson and Cathy Herring. A tough question for a person like me who is truly "been raised" within the industry with many influential encouraging professionals who truly want me (and others) to succeed.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

As of lately, golfing has been my thing however I love all sports whether basketball, football, walking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, hunting - I love getting out. I enjoy my three awesome sons who are getting bigger and stronger, time flies for sure. I have a crazy labradoodle, Sir Charles aka Charlie Doodle, that I thought could possibly be a service dog for the airport one day but that may be a thought for a while. One thing I have learned and want to share with everyone is to value the time together and that being kind as well as having patience is what we all need more of. Take the time to tell those around you how much they are loved and you appreciate them. You have this life to make a difference and our time is undetermined - so live your best life and love what you do.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

The middle seat of course, that way everyone leans to the other sides and you get the "elbow and shoulder room respect", just kidding, I do enjoy the extended leg room with a view when I can get it.

ASHLEY WHITMORE, CMC







Airport Manager

City of Tehachapi

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

I joined SWAAAE in mid-2020 because I believe networking and information sharing is vital to the success of our airports.

What is your professional background?

I have worked in local government since 2008, beginning my career in the City Clerks department. In 2015 I began assisting in the management of the airport and was officially named Airport Manager in 2018. Along with the airport, I currently oversee the City Clerks department and IT management team and serve as ACA's Region 3 Board Member.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

My greatest influence would have to be my grandmother. Although she was not personally in the aviation industry, she did work in local government. It was watching her drive and tenacity that pushed me to where I am today.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I am married with three children, ages 16, 10 and 8. We enjoy camping, swimming, going to the beach and watching movies.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

The one with a vacant seat next to it!

ROSEMARY BARNES, A.A.E.






Owner

PRoComms
Director of Public Relations
Aviatrix Communications

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

I joined SWAAAE in 2015, coinciding with (finally!) completing my accreditation. I appreciated the support and acceptance of those I met while studying for the panel interview. I wanted to pay it forward to others who enjoy aviation as much as I do.

What is your professional background?

All-things airports! I have been blessed with an amazing 30-year career. I was bitten and smitten by Jet-A early in life when my family emigrated from Northern Ireland. We settled next to SFO, which played an important role in my and family members' lives for employment, and landings and takeoffs.

SJSU and SJC is where my career really took off, from FBO experience to roles in Operations, Property Management and where I ultimately settled into MarCom.

My true passion is telling the stories and communicating the important work airports do in supporting the communities they serve.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

There are so many to thank and acknowledge, but these three top my list:

Jerry Bennett, who gave me my big break in Operations at SJC - both an internship and later a Manager-on-Duty role.

Marily Mora, A.A.E., who I viewed as a mentor as I transitioned from Operations to MarCom at SJC.

Steven Grossman, A.A.E, was always very supportive of me during our time together at OAK. I appreciated Steve's charismatic leadership and his incredible way of connecting and engaging with everyone he met.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I lead a very active life connecting and spending time with family and friends. Hiking, swimming, book clubbing, wine tasting, dog walking and traveling (pre-Covid) keep me busy.

I'm enjoying building my new PRoComms business, a little bit every day.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

Aisle, definitely. Climbing over fellow passengers during a long flight is on my must-avoid list.

JUDY M. ROSS, A.A.E., C.A.E.




Assistant Director

Mineta San Jose International Airport

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

When I moved to California (the first time), my supervisor was working on the SWAAAE Summer Conference and encouraged me to participate. I think I started working on the conference even before I was an official member!.

What is your professional background?

I have worked the aviation industry my entire career. I am starting my six year at Mineta San Jose International Airport; three years as the Assistant Director and two years as Deputy Director, Planning and Development. In addition, I served as Deputy Aviation Director at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for seven years; Director of Airport Planning and Development at Little Rock National Airport for two years; and while at San Diego International Airport for 10 years, she was Manager of Program Controls, as well as holding other positions. This year I serve as your President of the Southwest Chapter of AAAE, where I am also a Certified Airport Executive (C.A.E.). Also, I serve on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) where I am an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.). I earned a Master’s degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

I have had many influences in my career, some great and some I would call "learning experiences". I would say my first positive influence was Arlene B. Feldman from New Jersey. Early in my career, she was an example of what you can achieve with focus and working hard toward your goals.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I like to travel and see new places. I also like to hike and see where a trail takes me.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

Aisle-I like my space.

DAVID SPERLING



Senior Aviation Planner
C&S Companies, Inc.

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

I joined SWAAAE in 2000 to connect with the airport and consultant community when I moved back to the Phoenix area.

What is your professional background?

I have been an airport consultant for 23 years; 18 years with a large multi-national firm, and the past 5 years at C&S. I have also taught the airport management and planning curriculum at Arizona State University for the past 7 years, and served on the Chandler Airport Commission for 7 years and am serving my third term as Chair.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

I had a professor in college for several courses whose passion for aviation affirmed that this was the field for me. Also, my first boss allowed me to grow by giving me responsibilities and project management assignments beyond what I expected.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

Outside of work, I spend my time with family. My wife, Lee Ann, and I celebrated our 20 year anniversary earlier this year. We have two daughters, Amelia (16) and Sophie (13) who are active student-athletes, and we spend a lot of time at the soccer field and volleyball court. Our golden-mix, Ruby, and Stella the cat seem to get a lot of our attention, also.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

I recently switched from window to aisle.

Jennifer Maples, A.A.E., C.A.E., A.C.E.




Aviation Superintendent 

City of Phoenix Aviation Department

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

I joined SWAAAE in 1997 when PHX was hosting the Summer Conference, and my boss, Debbie Klein, was the conference chair… and I’ve been grateful for it ever since!

What is your professional background?

I’ve been with PHX my entire airport career - 23 years and counting! I am currently the Facilities & Services Planning Superintendent overseeing several airport maintenance, operational readiness, capital planning, and asset management functions.

Prior to PHX, I worked for Evergreen Airlines, Cutter Aviation, American Express, and my favorite – as a station manager for Papillon Helicopters in Hawaii!

I have a B.S. in Aviation Business Administration with a Certificate of Emphasis in Aviation Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and became an Accredited Airport Executive in 2007.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

Two important people instilled a love for aviation in me at a young age. My father worked in the industry my entire life, first as an A&P at North American Rockwell at LAX, and then he moved on to management at Hughes Airwest, then Republic, then Northwest Airlines. Later, a dear friend of mine from high school, David Santo, had his pilot’s license before he could drive! He flew gliders at Turf Soaring School, and I was a benefactor, getting to fly with him. He was the one who convinced me to go to Embry Riddle, and the rest is history!

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

I love to travel and explore new places! I also really enjoy hiking, photography, and believe it or not, I am a quilter. I’ve made several dozen quilts and never kept one – they were all gifted to others.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

First Class! But more often than not, I have to settle for a window seat.

William J Critchfield, A.A.E., C.A.E.




Retired

TOA, Los Angeles County Airports (5 Airports), KKIA Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, San Bernardino County (7 Airports), FAA Airports Safety
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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

I recall it was 1959, the original California Association of Airports - professional relations and information exchange.

What is your professional background?

Airport Operations and Safety (USMC Combat Engineer), Business Administration (BA)

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

My first boss, Jack Egan, A.A.E.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

Golf, sports, shooting

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

Jump seat (can't do that anymore), a seat near the rear (aft of the wing).

Patrick Murphy





Environmental Graphic Designer/Owner
115 DEGREES WEST

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

Member since 2013. I joined SWAAAE as as result of attending AzAA conferences and AAAE conferences. I found out many of the same great people I had met were also SWAAAE members and I wanted more opportunities to interact with those people.

What is your professional background?

I have an Industrial Design Degree and Economics Minor from the University of Cincinnati. I began designing signage and wayfinding for Marriott Corporation in 1988 and continued on that track until designing for ATL and their complete signage redo prior to the 1996 Olympic Games. Although I did work on projects for the Olympic Games after ATL, it was the ATL project which created the foundation for a career in Aviation Signage and Wayfinding.

Who was the greatest influence in your aviation career?

Jennifer Maples of PHX has been the greatest influence in my aviation career; first by emphasizing the need for signage design to prioritize the long term maintenance parameters of signs and building in the flexibility needed in the airport environment. Secondly, Mrs. Maples encouraged me to become more involved in organizations such as SWAAAE.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

Well of course Design, all types of Design, interests me on a daily basis whether as a professional, consumer or admirer. Playing Golf and supporting the Vegas Golden Knights as well as the Dallas Cowboys provides competitive and emotional outlets. Finally, I would be happy to share my dogs with you.; just let me know where you want me to send them.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

Window seat either at the front of the plane or in about row 8; the first row for the second flight attendant to collect my drink ticket.

Sean Moran, C.M., ACE




Assistant Airport Manager
City of Livermore - Livermore Municipal Airport

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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 and 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 and 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 and 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.

Wayne Armoogam





President

Luminous Egress

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When did you join SWAAAE and what motivated you to do so?

Mid 2019 - was told by another member that it would be the best organization to expose our luminous technology.

What is your professional background?

BSE Arizona State University, Executive Education Program at W P Carey School of Business at ASU.

Do you have any favorite past times or hobbies, and/or would you like to share about your family or pets?

Golf. Travel. I have a wife and two teenage daughters.

What is your favorite seat in an airplane?

Window

Photo: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Phoenix, AZ

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