Thank You to Our Sponsors


ABM Parking Systems is unsurpassed in the parking industry for technical expertise, quality management services and revenue maximization capability while honoring our commitment to exemplary customer service.

Mr. Steve Choo
Regional Vice President, Hawaii/Guam

Air Line Pilots Association, International

The Air Line Pilots Association, International, is the largest pilot union in the world as well as the world’s largest non-governmental aviation safety organization.

Capt. Joe DePete

Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association

Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly by creating an environment that gives people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy aviation and all it has to offer. As the world’s largest community of pilots and aviation enthusiasts with representatives based in Frederick, Md., and Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA’s events, initiatives, and services bring current and future pilots together and make aviation more accessible to everyone.

Mr. Mark Baker
President & Chief Executive Officer

Airlines for America

Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of its members to shape crucial policies and measures that promote safety, security and a healthy U.S. airline industry. We work collaboratively to improve air travel for everyone.

Ms. Sharon L. Pinkerton
Senior Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Policy

Allied Pilots Association

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) serves as the certified collective bargaining agent for the 15,000 professional pilots who fly for American Airlines.

Mr. Johnathan Benton
Deputy Chair, Government Affairs

American Airlines

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at

Mr. Nate Gatten
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

Association of Flight Attendants - CWA

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, (AFA) AFL-CIO represents nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 17 airlines. AFA serves as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Stephen Schembs
Government Affairs Director

Atlas Air

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is the parent company of Atlas Air (Atlas), Titan Aviation Leasing (Titan) and the Majority shareholder in Polar Air Cargo Worldwide (Polar). We are a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation services for commercial and military customers, operating the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighters, as well as Boeing 747 and 767 passenger aircraft and Boeing 767 freighters. Our next generation747-8Fs offer the industry the latest in technology and efficiency and we now provide Boeing 777 Freighters to the dry lease market.

Mr. Gary Wade
Vice President, Global Security

Avis Budget Group, Inc.

Avis Budget Group, Inc. is a leading global provider of vehicle rental services through its Avis and Budget brands, with 10,000 rental locations in approximately 175 countries around the world. Avis Budget Group operates most of its car rental offices in North America, Europe and Australia directly, and operates primarily through licensees in other parts of the world. Avis Budget Group has approximately 28,000 employees and is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J.

Ms. Anne D. Morrison
Vice President, Properties & Facilities

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

As the 80th largest law firm in the U.S., Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of more than 650 attorneys and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 22 offices to serve virtually any legal and policy need. Lawyers in Baker Donelson's Aviation and Aerospace Team bring deep experience in these industries to the legal and business advice they provide to clients. We counsel individuals and companies throughout the aviation and aerospace sector, including airlines, individual aircraft owners, charter operations, private management companies and foreign operators, as well as airframe and component manufacturers and suppliers.

Mr. Mark Van De Water
Senior Advisor

Cargo Airline Association

The Cargo Airline Association is the nationwide voice for members of the all-cargo air carrier industry, and others in the air cargo marketplace that depend on these services. Located in Washington, D.C., the Association is responsible for representing the industry before federal and state regulatory bodies, the United States Congress and, when necessary, in the federal and state courts.

Mr. Stephen A. Alterman

Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA)

Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) is a trade association based in Washington, DC representing more than 30,000 professional passenger and all-cargo airline pilots. CAPA addresses both international and domestic safety, security, legislative and regulatory issues affecting the professional flight deck crew member and the safety of the traveling public.

Ms. Maryanne DeMarco
Executive Director

Elevate Government Affairs

With over 125 years of combined experience working for Members of the House and Senate, Congressional Committees, and the Executive Branch, the Elevate team uses its wide-ranging sector expertise, broad networks and varied professional background for the benefit of our clients.

Mr. Samuel E. Whitehorn
Principal & Co-Founder

Federal Express Corporation

FedEx Corporation provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce, and business services.

Ms. Anne Bechdolt
Managing Director

General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is an international trade association representing more than 120 of the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation airplanes and rotorcraft, engines, avionics, and components.

Mr. Paul Feldman
Vice President, Government Affairs

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.

Now in its 92nd year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (13) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides, on average, more than 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, and over 260 daily flights system-wide.

Ms. Margaret Cummisky
Managing Director, Federal Government Relations

Helicopter Association International HAI

For more than 70 years, HAI has provided support, services and set the industry safety guidelines for the international helicopter community.

Mr. Cade Clark
Vice President of Government Affairs

HMSHost Corporation

Global restaurateur HMSHost provides dynamic dining for people on the move. HMSHost partners with airports to deliver innovative restaurants from a portfolio of more than 300 local, national, international and proprietary brands. HMSHost operates more than 2,000 restaurants in nearly 120 airports and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Mr. Derryl Benton
Executive Vice President, Business Development

Honeywell International, Inc.

With more than 100 years’ experience in airport technologies, Honeywell is a trusted provider of intelligent airport solutions worldwide. Honeywell creates a first-class experience for passengers by ensuring their safety, security, comfort and convenience throughout their journey, providing innovative solutions specifically tailored for the effective management and operation of airports. Our intelligent approach to airport integration focuses on the convergence of airside, terminal-side and landside solutions ­— addressing the tough challenges around safety, security, efficiency and productivity. Honeywell’s solutions have been implemented in more than 500 airports all over the world.

Mr. Ted Carniol
Business Development, Americas

Hudson A Dufry Company

Hudson, a Dufry Company, is a travel experience company turning the world of travel into a world of opportunity by being the Traveler’s Best Friend in more than 1,000 stores in airports, commuter hubs, landmarks, and tourist locations. Our 10,000+ team members care for travelers as friends at our retail, duty free and food and beverage destinations. We partner with landlords and vendors, and take innovative, commercial approaches to deliver exceptional value. To learn more about how we can make your location a travel destination, please visit us at

Mr. Bobby Watson
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Strategic Planning


Providing environmental graphics, engineering, architecture, construction management and related services from offices nationwide. Clients are airlines, commercial airports, developers, contractors and military installations.

Mr. Stephen M. Pelham
Vice President, Aviation

JBT Aerotech, Jetway Systems

JBT® AeroTech Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacture of ground support equipment, such as loaders, pushback tractors and deicers; and airport gate equipment, featuring Jetway® passenger boarding bridges, Jetaire® preconditioned air units, and Jetpower® 400Hz ground power units. JBT also supplies airport asset management, including iOps monitoring and reporting, fixed base maintenance operations, consulting and parts support.

Mr. Garrett Macfarlane
Regional Sales Director

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries customers across the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America, and between New York and London. For more information, visit

Mr. Jeffrey C. Goodell
Vice President, Government & Airport Affairs

Jviation, Inc., A Woolpert Company

Jviation, Inc., a Woolpert Company, is a planning, design, and construction administration firm that focuses on aviation-related projects. Our aviation team has spent their careers focused on serving airports large and small; we provide our clients with a vast knowledge-base for solving complex airport projects. We are able to focus on both short and long-term goals and deliver a return on investment while meeting program and community goals.

Mr. Zachary Shuman, C.M.
Aviation Program Director

LoBo Strategies

An independent consulting firm providing solutions-driven strategic advice to advance client objectives through the challenging landscape of the federal government, Congress and public opinion.

Mr. Jason Galanes
Strategic Consultant


Launched in 2015, MAG USA is the United States ‘go-to’ organization for delivering market-leading commercial solutions that drive revenue for operators and transform customer experiences for travelers. Our focuses are Parking and Travel Distribution, Parking and Retail Commercial Services, Airport Lounges as well as P3, Retail and Terminal Developments.

Mr. Sid A. Higgins
VP Operations

McFarland-Johnson, Inc.

A recognized leader in airport planning, design and construction administration, McFarland-Johnson delivers viable, out-of-the-box solutions for our clients’ greatest challenges. 100% employee owned.

Mr. Chad Nixon
President & Chairman of the Board

Mead & Hunt, Inc.

Mead & Hunt is a full-service aviation consultant providing expertise in engineering, planning, architecture, environmental, air service, sustainability, noise, wildlife, financial planning and program management. We have been active in airports since the 1940s, serving a national audience with a local perspective. Consistently placing in Engineering News Record’s “Top 25 in Airports” list.

Sponsor Level: AAAE Prime Partner

Mr. Jon Faucher, P.E., PMP
Group Leader Aviation Services

National Air Traffic Controllers Association

NATCA represents over 20,000 controllers, engineers and other safety-related professionals, with membership from every state, territory and possession of the United States.

Mr. Kelly Richardson
Deputy Director, Public Affairs

NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots

The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots, more commonly referred to as NJASAP, represents the professional interests of the 3,000-plus pilots who fly in the service of NetJets Aviation, Inc. An independent labor advocate, NJASAP is based in Columbus, Ohio where it maintains an office located just minutes from the Port Columbus International Airport.

Mr. Coley George
Vice President, Industry Affairs

NetJets Inc.

NetJets is the world's largest private jet company, offering fractional aircraft ownership, private jet leases, and private jet card programs.

Mr. Matt Sturges
Vice President, Government and External Affairs

O'Keeffe Shahmoradi Strategies

O’Keeffe Shahmoradi Strategies, LLC is a strategic, government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. providing unparalleled assistance to clients by developing and executing comprehensive solutions to advance their public policy needs and manage political risks.

Ms. Heideh Shahmoradi

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO

Since 1977, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) has represented more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) who install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures, and perform quality analyses of complex aviation systems used in air traffic control and national defense in the United States and abroad.

Ms. Jana L. Denning
Director, Government Affairs

Q&D Construction

Q&D Construction has a reliable, friendly and aviation-savvy construction team with the resources, processes, awareness and training to smoothly plan and execute your aviation project.

Mr. Duane Boreham
Vice President, Aviation Group

Raytheon Company

Raytheon Intelligence & Space delivers the disruptive technologies our customers need to succeed in any domain, against any challenge. A developer of advanced sensors, training, and cyber and software solutions, Raytheon Intelligence & Space provides a decisive advantage to civil, military and commercial customers in more than 46 countries around the world. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the business generated $15 billion in adjusted pro forma annual revenue in 2020 and has 37,000 employees worldwide. Raytheon Intelligence & Space is one of four businesses that form Raytheon Technologies Corporation.

Mr. David E. Jones
Director Air Traffic Systems Solutions & Requirements

Regional Airline Association

RAA provides a unified voice of advocacy for North American regional airlines aimed at promoting a safe, reliable, and robust regional airline industry.

Ms. Faye Malarkey Black

Signature Flight Support

Signature Flight Support, a BBA Aviation plc company, is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) for business aviation services. Services include fueling, hangar/office rentals, ground handling, maintenance and crew/passenger amenities. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Signature operates at 200+ locations worldwide.

Mr. Jim Hopkins
Senior Vice President, Airport Relations

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines operates one of the world’s most admired airlines, offering its one-of-a-kind value and hospitality at 121 airports. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2021, Southwest took flight in 1971 to democratize the sky through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel, and now carries more air travelers flying nonstop within the U.S. than any other airline.

Mr. Jason Van Eaton
Senior Vice President Governmental Affairs

Southwest Airlines Pilots Association

Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) is the sole bargaining unit for the more than 9,700 Pilots of Southwest Airlines.

Mr. Chip Hancock
Government Affairs Chairman

SSP America, Inc.

SSP America is a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of restaurants around the world. The SSP America team is driven by a shared vision to bring authentic restaurant experiences to every airport in North America. Our employees have a passion for exceptional food served by people who believe in heartfelt hospitality. Our airport partners trust SSP America to deliver a world-class portfolio of brands with broad passenger appeal and lasting commercial viability. Our brand heroes choose SSP America to bring a taste of place to their hometown airport.

Sponsoring: Monday Tropical Cocktails

Mr. Patrick Murray
Executive Vice President

State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation

The mission of the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s Airports Division is to develop, manage and maintain a safe and efficient global air transportation organization. The Airports Division manages 15 airports across four districts; the Oahu District, the Maui District, the Hawaii District and the Kauai District. The Airports Division is one of three divisions that fall under the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Mr. Ross Higashi
Deputy Director, Airports


The people we all rely on to make air travel safe and efficient rely on Thales. For more than 80 years, Thales has been a major supplier of leading-edge navigation, surveillance and automation solutions for the FAA, the DoD, and directly to Airports around the world.

Mr. Antonio Lo Brutto
Executive Vice President

Transportation Trades Department

The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, a coalition of 33 member unions, provides a bold voice for workers in every mode of transportation – both in the private and public sector – and is devoted to protecting middle-class jobs, expanding collective bargaining, and ensuring modern, safe, and secure transportation operations and infrastructure.

Mr. Greg Regan

United Airlines

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 337 airports across five continents.

Ms. Karen Kuhlman
Managing Director of Congressional Affairs

United Parcel Service (UPS)

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the air transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.

Mr. Dontai Smalls
Vice President

Woodward & Associates

Woodward & Associates, a woman-owned business, represents clients by providing comprehensive administrative, legislative, regulatory, and public affairs services. Based in Sarasota, Florida, Woodward & Associates specializes in assisting private industry, airports and other government entities with transportation and legislative issues.

Ms. Woodie Woodward