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Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker
BAyram Annakov

CEO & Founder, App in the Air

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Bayram Annakov, Chief Executive Officer & Founder: Bayram Annakov created App in the Air with one mission – to seamlessly transform travel for frequent fliers everywhere. After watching Up in the Air, the famed 2009 George Clooney film, inspiration struck and Bayram set out to address the issues of a very specific group, the million-miler traveler – hence, App in the Air’s concept (and name) were born. Since establishing the app in 2012, Bayram and the app’s talented, global team have grown App in the Air’s userbase to over five million travelers, creating a devoted community of frequent fliers around the world. As he looks to the future of air travel, he is driven to create an AI-led travel revolution by leveraging data, to advocate for the underserved flier and make the process efficient and enjoyable.

Prior to launching his app, Bayram was a software developer for one of the world's largest software outsourcing companies and became a senior manager responsible for managing large scale software projects, with teams of 60 developers and consultants and budgets greater than $10M. He holds a MS degree from Moscow State Tech University, and an MA degree in management from Moscow State University. Not limited to one destination, Bayram’s favorite place to visit is any city that hosts an App in the Air user meetup, where he interacts with the app’s global community and listens to the insightful feedback from top users. It’s this distinct human element to App in the Air, a rare personalization of travel tech, that continues to motivate Bayram and brings him all around the world, from Moscow to New York City, to hear how App in the Air has advanced the travel process.


Alice Bimrose, A.A.E.,  ACE

Special Projects Administrator, Facilities & Services
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport


Curt Castagna, C.M.

Aeroplex Group Partners

T.J. Chen, P.E., C.m.

Airport Deputy Director of Planning
Sacramento County Airports

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T. J. joined Sacramento County Department of Airports in 2015 as the Department’s Chief Administrative Officer/Deputy Director for Planning and Development. T.J. embarked on his airports career more than 20 years ago as an airport engineering intern with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In the 20 plus year span, T.J. held various project engineering, program management and leadership positions in both public and private sectors and in the US and abroad and had the opportunity to establish a joint-venture company in China.

T.J. received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University and is a licensed civil engineer in the State of California. T.J. also served in the US Marine Corps Reserves and is a graduate of FAA’s Program for Emerging Leaders.

Christine Eberhard


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Chris formed CommuniQuest in May 1982. CommuniQuest specializes in dispute resolution, community outreach, facilitation and mediation services. CommuniQuest has provided public outreach services to more than 40 airports as well as Fortune 500 companies including Toyota USA, Sikorsky Aircraft, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Castle & Cooke. She is a mediator for Ventura County Superior Court and Ventura County Dispute Settlement. She has mediated hundreds of cases including Quiet Title disputes, environmental cases, tenant disputes, contract disputes, and personal injury cases.

Chris was a key consultant to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as part of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, developing and coordinating the public outreach program. In addition, CommuniQuest has been a contractor to the Federal Aviation Administration to teach community involvement and conflict management to agency management and staff.

Chris is a graduate of Ohio State University and received her Master’s in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University’s School of Law. Her military active duty included being the Officer in Charge of the airfreight and military air passenger operations into and out of Korea for the Army and Navy. She is also a graduate of the US Army’s Command and General Staff College. Ms. Eberhard holds a private certificate in rotorcraft.

Bryan Elliot, A.A.E.

Ricondo & Associates, Inc.

Faviola Garcia

Supervisory Senior Advisor
FAA, Office of the Regional Administrator

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Faviola (Favi) Garcia is the Supervisory Senior Advisor to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Regional Administrator, Western-Pacific Region (AWP) in the Office of National Engagement and Regional Administration under the office of Policy, International Affairs and Environment. She has 35 years of federal experience working at the FAA in various organizations.

Ms. Garcia began her career in the FAA Office of the AWP Regional Counsel, later she worked in the Security Division and eventually found her way to the Regional Administrator’s Office, where she has held various positions and worked on numerous high profile projects. In her current position as Supervisory Senior Advisor, Ms. Garcia oversees a team of employees whose focus is to work on internal and external outreach programs. She has oversight responsibility for community outreach efforts and all communications with congressional offices, federal, state and local elected officials, aviation state directors, airlines and industry partners, and members of the community at large. In early 2021, she was awarded Manager of the Year by the FAA’s Office of Policy, International Affairs and Environment.

Prior to being selected as Senior Advisor, Favi worked as Special Programs Program Manager. Her work experience involves many projects that cross organizational boundaries where she has provided leadership and horizontal integration services. Under the direction of the Regional Administrator, Ms. Garcia stood up various governance councils to include the AWP Runway Safety Governance Council and the FAA/Los Angeles International Airport Construction Projects Governance Council. Both of which are three tiered and include team members ranking from highly technical boots on ground to the Executive level. Her 35 years of FAA experience have been the catalyst to her success in building effective, collaborative, and successful teams from ground up. Her recent work experience also includes serving as community involvement co-lead for the Las Vegas Metroplex outreach efforts and she continually assists the agency in developing strategic initiatives as they relate to community engagement or customer focused activities.

Previously, Ms. Garcia managed the Micronesia Technical Assistance program for nearly 8 years before the agency realignment to the International Office. Ms. Garcia established a robust communications plan for the entire team that included FAA subject matter experts from various disciplines, as well as high level international officials, consultants and contractors, airlines and industry partners, and established frequent and open lines of communications with the team members of the three remote island nations that operated six international airports. Ms. Garcia has been an active member of the National Hispanic Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees for over 20 years and served as National President from October 2017 through September 2019.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from California State University of Dominguez Hills and is the proud mother of three children, Alexia, Anthony and Julya, of which two are proud Air Traffic Controllers at the FAA.

Pawan Khera

Special Projects Administrator, Financial Management
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

sjohnna Knack, C.M.

Program Manager, Planning & Environmental Affairs
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

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Sjohnna Knack is the Program Manager with the Planning & Environmental Affairs Department at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. She oversees all aspects of aircraft noise related to the San Diego International Airport aircraft operations. Ms. Knack is responsible for oversight of one of the largest remaining airport sound attenuation programs, the Quieter Home and Quieter Non-Residential Programs. She provides technical support for the Airport Noise Advisory Committee and Curfew Violation Review Panel. She ensures adherence to many regulatory requirements including State of California Title 21 requirements. She manages a team of staff who conduct analysis with the Airport’s noise and operations monitoring system. Ms. Knack works closely with industry stakeholders including the FAA, air carrier operators, elected officials and other interested community members.

Ms. Knack has a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management from St. Cloud State University. She is currently the Noise Working Group Chair for ACI-NA’s Environmental Committee.


lawrence J. Krauter, A.A.E., AICP, FRAeS

Chief Executive Officer
Spokane Airports

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Lawrence J. Krauter currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Spokane International Airport, Felts Field and Airport Business Park, collectively referred to as Spokane Airports.

Before joining Spokane Airports, he served as the Interim Executive Director of the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority (Pennsylvania) and also served as the Deputy Executive Director and as the Director of Planning & Engineering. Prior to working for the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority, Larry held the position of Airport Planner at the City of Columbus (Ohio) Division of Airports. He started his career as an Engineer Assistant with the Ohio Department of Transportation working on bridge and highway projects in northeast Ohio.

Larry is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

He is a Past President of the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania and was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to serve two terms on the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Committee. Larry is an Accredited Airport Executive credentialed through the American Association of Airport Executives and he is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the professional credentialing institute of the American Planning Association. Larry also earned multiple professional certifications from the Construction Specifications Institute. Larry is an elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Larry served for 9-years as an appointed member and then Chairman of the City of Bethlehem (PA) Planning Commission, where he was involved in the largest brownfield redevelopment project in the country.

Larry is a Past President of the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Larry is also a Past Chairman of the AAAE Operations/Safety/Planning/Emergency Management Committee. Larry is a member of the AAAE U.S. Contract Tower Association Policy Board and served as Vice-Chairman of the 2018 AAAE National Airports Conference. In December 2018, Larry was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Association of Airport Executives and is currently serving as Chairman.

Larry is a single-engine land (SEL) and single-engine seaplane (SES) rated pilot. Larry has received the Leadership Award from the Washington Airport Management Association; Airport Executive of the Year Award from the Northwest Chapter/AAAE, National Airport Director of the Year from Airport Revenue News magazine and Business Leader of the Year Award from the West Plains Chamber of Commerce.

In his community, Larry serves on multiple boards including the Spokane Regional Transportation Council; West Plains/Airport Area Public Development Authority; Gonzaga University School of Business, Spokane Good Roads Association and the Seattle Branch Council of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Larry is a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, United States Seaplane Pilots Association, Washington Pilots Association and Washington Seaplane Pilots Association.

At the state level, Larry is an appointed member of the Governor’s New Mid-Market Aircraft Executive Council, charged with recruitment of future Boeing aircraft manufacturing programs as well as an appointed member of the Washington State Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission, charged with developing aviation system capacity recommendations to address long-term growth challenges.

He resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and daughter.

Ken Moen, A.A.E., C.A.E.

Special Projects Manager and Airport Planner
Armstrong Consultants

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Ken is a life-long learner that began with his enlistment in the US Army in 1977 and baptism by basic training. This experience was followed by Army air traffic control school and subsequent graduation from community college. In 1982, Ken began his career as an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration while earning BS Professional Aeronautics and Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Ken simultaneously owned a publishing and printing company for 15 years during his FAA career and developed and created community publications that included Northern Nevada Business Weekly and Wolf Pack Edge.

Following retirement from the FAA in 2009, Ken spent a year at Baghdad International Airport training Iraqi controllers and supporting US Military operations with Washington Consulting Group. Ken began his civilian airport career in 2011 at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport advancing through airport operations and administration. Ken completed his AAE in July 2016. In 2018, Ken assumed the airport manager position at the Carson City Airport. In 2021, Ken was hired by Armstrong Consultants as a Special Projects Manager and Airport Planner. Ken has been married to Denise for 38 years…in a row! Ken is a father of two and grandpa of one.

Sean Moran, C.M., ACE

Airport Manager
City of Livermore Municipal Airport

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Sean is the Airport Manager at the Livermore Municipal Airport, a General Aviation Airport in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Moran is responsible for overseeing the daily operations and maintenance of a vibrant airport with over 150,000 annual operations, and 2 parallel runways. Prior to joining the Livermore team, Mr. Moran spent 2 years as an Airport Duty manager at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, where he was responsible for the daily operations at the 4th busiest airport in California. Mr. Moran holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Aviation Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. He is active with the Southwest Chapter of AAAE, participating as Co-Chair of the Annual Conference Committee and the Academic Relations Committee. In his spare time, Mr. Moran can be found at the gym, or competing in various trail & Spartan Races.

Scott Murrell

Director of Commercial Airport Services
Applied Research Associates

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Scott Murrell is Director of Commercial Airport Services for Applied Research Associates (ARA), joining the firm in September of 2015. Scott is currently the lead Civil Engineer for the Pavement Consulting Contract supporting the FAA’s Airport Technology Research and Development Division. The scope of this support includes:

o Analysis of full scale accelerated test and laboratory test data, including using Artificial Intelligence.

o Updating FAA pavement related software (FAARFIELD, PAVEAIR, BAKFAA, ProFAA and ProGroove).

o NDT data collection, research, and data analysis.

o Test pavement design including instrumentation. Quality Assurance during construction.

o Extension of runway life from 20 to 40 years, including field data collection (PCI, HWD, Profiles, GPR, texture).

Prior to joining ARA, he was the Chief Civil Engineer the Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ). During his 33-year career with PANYNJ he led the engineering of numerous airport pavement, evaluation and design projects. Notable projects included:

o Development of the $500 million seven-year paving program for Port Authority airports, using pavement management systems

o Design of the +$300 million Reconstruction of Runway 13R-31L at JFK

o Design of the +$300 million Reconstruction of Runway 4L-22R at JFK

o Extension of Runway 4L-22R at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Adrienne Patterson

Deputy County Counsel
Solano County

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Adrienne Patterson advises Solano County’s Nut Tree Airport in her capacity as a Deputy County Counsel for Solano County’s Office of County Counsel. Adrienne’s counseling involves a wide range of airport matters, including review of financial matters, drafting and negotiating use and lease agreements, and, most recently, advising on coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a certified mediator, Adrienne is experienced with contract negotiating and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Solano County Counsel’s Office, Adrienne worked as a district representative to former Solano County Board Supervisor, Skip Thomson.

Eugene Reindel

Vice President
HMMH Aviation Environmental Services Group

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As Vice President in the HMMH Aviation Environmental Services Group, Gene Reindel oversees a wide range of aviation noise consulting projects, offers industry experience to those projects and provides technical support to airport community noise forums throughout the U.S. His professional experience includes environmental projects, including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and state equivalents in California, Oregon and Washington; Airport Noise Compatibility Planning studies (Part 150); Airport Noise and Access Restriction projects (Part 161); airport ground noise studies, residential sound insulation projects, and noise modeling of aircraft operations. He is often involved in preparing for and directing major field measurement programs and advising on the acquisition and analysis of data. Mr. Reindel is a trained facilitator and leads public outreach programs associated with controversial noise studies and programs.

jorge Rubio, A.A.E., C.A.E.

Airports Deputy Director
City of San Diego Airports

Robin Sobotta, Ph.D., A.A.E.

Airport Director
Prescott Regional Airport - Ernest A. Love Field (PRC)

Read more about Robin Sobotta.

Robin Sobotta, Ph.D., A.A.E., has 18 years of experience at four commercial service and two GA airports, and was the School of Business Founding Chair at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott. In 2019, Robin was selected as “Woman of the Year” (Prescott Area Leadership) and “Airport Executive of the Year” (Arizona Airports Association). Under her leadership, PRC was named FAA Western-Pacific Region’s “Outstanding Airport” in 2019, and ADOT’s Airport of the Year” in 2020.

Dr. Sobotta worked with NASA as a business/technical consultant, and served on two Arizona Aerospace and Defense Commissions as well as four Transportation Research Board – Airport Cooperative Research Panels [airport terminal design (chair), common use passenger processing systems, and airport social media use]. She coauthored The Administration of Public Airports, 5th ed., and holds an MBA/A from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University (dissertation focus: aviation noise and community impact).

Jeff Stempihar, Ph.D., p.E.

NCE | Engineering & Environmental Services

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Jeff Stempihar has 17 years of pavement engineering and research experience; including projects related to materials, design, evaluation, forensic analysis, and sustainability measures. He has authored numerous technical specifications, test procedures, and technical reports as well as industry publications. In addition, he is active in local industry groups supporting technology transfer and training efforts for practicing engineers, co-developed technical workshops, and created and taught a graduate-level airport design course at Arizona State University.

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Palm Springs, CA

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