AAAE Mentorview Online Series

Session 5: An Interview with Gladys Brown, C.M., C.A.E., Airport Director, Yuma International Airport & Rolle airfield

Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 3 p.m. ET

The AAAE Mentorview online series connects members at different points in their career for inspiring conversations around how they got their start, how AAAE has supported their progression, and to share their perspectives on the issues facing airports and aviation today.

During Session 5, Brady Brewster, Aviation Planner, McFarland-Johnson, Inc. will interview Gladys Brown, C.M., C.A.E., Airport Director, Yuma International Airport & Rolle Airfield


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About the Speakers

Mr. Brady Brewster

Aviation Planner
McFarland-Johnson, Inc.
Hollywood, FL

Mr. Brewster is a passionate aviation planner with consulting and on-site experience at a wide range of airports from general aviation fields to the nation’s busiest large hubs. He has conducted Airport Master Plans, including preparation of written narrative reports, forecasts of aviation demand, site planning studies, and graphic model development. He has also conducted commercial aircraft gate analyses, terminal expansion planning studies and coordinated the preparation of policy and procedure documents to optimize planning workflows at large-hub airports. He is experienced in multiple planning platforms including: AviPlan, AutoCAD and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Mr. Brewster also has experience supporting the day-to-day project and operational planning needs of large commercial service airports as an on-site extension of staff.


Ms. Gladys D. Brown, C.M., C.A.E.

Airport Director
Yuma International Airport/Yuma Marine Corps Air Station
Yuma, AZ

Gladys Diva Brown, C.M., C.A.E. is the Airport Director at Yuma International Airport. Yuma International Airport is co-located with the MCAS Yuma and is a Shared Use airport with a Joint Use Operating Agreement. Ms. Brown’s primary function is to operate the airport in compliance with applicable FAA regulations and state law, as well as, to maintain the positive relationship with Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, and to promote Commercial Air Service and General Aviation in a safe and secure manner. Yuma International Airport was the 2015 Arizona Airport of Year recipient, which is awarded and recognized by the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Group. Gladys was the Southwest American Association of Airport Executives (SWAAAE) 2017 Executive of the Year, the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) 2017 Airport Executive of the Year, recognized as one of aviation’s best and featured as one of the brightest in the 2017 Airport Business 40 Under 40, the 2017 Yuma Chamber of Commerce Athena International Award recipient, received the California Maritime Academy 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award and featured in Cal State University “Made in the CSU” as one of the notable CSU Alumnus in the Aerospace and Aviation Sector. Prior to becoming the Airport Director, Ms. Brown was the Deputy Airport Director and originally joined Yuma International Airport in March 2009 as the Director of Operations. In addition to the duties of the positions she has held, Ms. Brown was the airport project manager overseeing all engineering, cost estimating and construction at the airport. Ms. Brown worked previously in various capacities as a Civil Engineer, Mechanical & Electrical Integrity Consultant and a High School Math Teacher. She earned her Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the California Maritime Academy accompanied with a USCG Third Assistant Engineer License. Ms. Brown is a Past President of the Arizona Airports Association and continues to support the one voice approach for key issues in aerospace and aeronautics for the State of Arizona, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the regional Board of Directors for the Southwest AAAE chapter. On a national level, Ms. Brown is the vice-chair of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Industrial Aviation and Military Relations committee. Ms. Brown obtained her AAAE Certified Member (C.M.) designation, is an active member of the Southwest AAAE chapter and is recognized as a Certified Airport Executive (C.A.E.). In her down time, Ms. Brown volunteers in the STEM/AVID curriculum, serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation, Visit Yuma Board of Directors, is the Chairman of the Naval Sea Cadet Committee Yuma Sea Eagles Squadron, participates in the Expect More Arizona for Yuma County Education Advisory Council, President of the National Society of Professional Engineers Yuma Chapter leading the annual competitive mathlete competition MathCounts, participates assisting in various youth sport teams, and officiates basketball. Ms. Brown has a strong commitment to her community, believes in mentoring to help build leadership for tomorrow and leads to inspire through passionate forward movment.