Webinar: Minding the Distance
A discussion and operations recovery guide to COVID and beyond

August 4, 2020 | 2-3 p.m. ET | Virtual


Gone are the days of hard-coded business rules, attributes, and processes. Flexibility and agility will need to be standard qualities of any operating system to help airports manage successfully through current and future crises. Join SITA, and a panel of airport representatives, for an AAAE hosted discussion on ramping up and planning for the months and years post-COVID-19.

In this session you’ll learn how airport operations priorities such as new IRROPS and local health guidelines may change in the wake of our current health crisis, and how airports large and small are leveraging their current technology systems to accommodate those changes.


Advance registration is now closed. This webinar is free to AAAE members and $65 for non-members.

Questions? Contact AAAEmeetings@aaae.org.

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Mr. Ricardo Gesse

General Manager
Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport
Florianópolis - SC, Carianos

Mr. Gesse has been General Manager of Floripa Airport since Jan 2020. As the company COO until Dec 2019, he was responsible for the ORAT process for the new passenger terminal. An aviation executive with experience in airlines, ground handlers and airports, business, Mr. Gesse came to Floripa from Gol Linhas Aéreas, where he was responsible for Airport Operations from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that he managed Ground Handling Operations at LATAM Airlines from 2001 to 2009.


Mr. Len Honeyborne

Senior Business Consultant, Airport Operations
Atlanta, GA

Len specializes in Airport Management Systems and solutions supporting A-CDM including milestone tracking, trajectory-based operations, pre-departure sequencing and airport systems integration. A-CDM certified by IATA, Len defines and consults on best practices for implementing Airport Management Solutions and A-CDM. Over his 23-year career, Len has held several roles focused on airport management, including AMS Software Developer, Integration Developer, Business Intelligence Developer, Solution Designer, Business Analyst and Team Manager.


Mr. Pierre Lanthier

Director, Business Transformation
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Toronto AMF, ON

Pierre is responsible for developing the relationship with internal business units to enhance IT’s role in delivering the GTAA’s strategic mission and collaborating with key service providers. One critical element of his role is to initiate and develop an innovation mindset and maximize value to the GTAA’s investments in new technologies. Pierre initiated the technology innovation program at the GTAA, and has been instrumental in driving innovation through cutting-edge technologies used to solve real business problems. Previously, he was Program Director at Air Canada, and has over 25 years of experience in the aviation industry.


Mr. Carter B. Morris

Executive Vice President, AAAE Services
Alexandria, VA

Carter Morris is Executive Vice President, AAAE Services, at the American Association of Airport Executives. Carter leads the association’s operations, services and solutions including, finance, information services, the Transportation Security Clearinghouse and Training and Technology Services. Carter helped develop and shape numerous initiatives within the industry including the nation’s first domestic known traveler program as well as the formation the AAAE Transportation Security Clearinghouse which facilitates the background vetting for aviation workers nationwide. He played key roles in several cooperative initiatives between government and the aviation industry since 2001, including supporting Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta’s aviation industry Rapid Response Team in the weeks following 9/11 and most recently as Chairman of the TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee. Carter previously oversaw AAAE’s Transportation Security Policy and Regulatory Affairs efforts focusing on all aspects of federal regulatory issues facing airports, including security, environmental, economic, and safety issues. Before joining AAAE, Carter worked in the White House and in public affairs for the General Services Administration. He holds a degree in public affairs from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Annapolis, Maryland.


Mr. Chad Timms

Portfolio Director, SITA Operations at Airports
Williamsburg, OH

Chad has been in the air transportation industry for 19 years. Previously working for Com-Net Software, as Vice President of Product Development, prior to the acquisition by SITA in 2010. Chad currently leads a portfolio focused on product development and innovation related to operations at the airport. SITA Operations at Airports portfolio provides airports, airlines and ground handlers with the most comprehensive and future-proofed set of products to enhance the passenger journey. Supported by accurate, reliable, shared real-time data our solutions facilitate collaborative decision-making and lead to the optimization of resources and sustainable processes. With multi-modal capabilities you can reach passengers wherever they are, making them feel confident, well-informed and in control of their journey. Welcome to the unparalleled collaborative power of SITA Operations at Airports.


Mr. Ian Woods

Director, Planning and Aviation Business Development
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Toronto, ON

Ian is responsible for the long-term planning of all terminal facilities and the overall operation of the terminal. Ian completed a 35-year career at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, during which he held a variety of increasingly senior roles in the operations, planning, commercial and strategy functions. Ian was instrumental in the planning and development of Terminal One and in a number of major redevelopment efforts at Terminal Three at Toronto – Pearson. On the commercial/strategy front, Ian led the development of the GTAA’s ‘Global Hub’ strategy, associated route development activities and the commercial negotiations leading to the 10-year rates and charges agreement with Air Canada. Prior to joining Nieuport Aviation, Ian worked as an associate for a number of large aviation consulting firms.