The AAAE Young Professionals (YoPro) Committee is committed to providing career development, networking and educational opportunities for the next generation of airport professionals and to bridge the gap between current and future aviation leaders. 

The AAAE YoPro Committee is open to all current AAAE members 35 years of age and under and includes anyone working in the industry.  The AAAE Young Professional's Committee is intended for those just entering the workforce or early in their career.  There is no additional cost for members who wish to participate in the AAAE Young Professionals Committee.

Get Involved

Recruitment, development and involvement of Young Professionals is critical to the future of AAAE.  YoPro currently has four working groups that members can join and lend their voice and expertise:

  • Academic Relations:  The Academic Relations Working Group focuses on engaging early career and recently graduated professionals promoting the benefits of AAAE and encouraging their involvement to help advance them in their career. The Working Group also creates programming to help manage early to mid-career professionals transition from students to working professionals.
  • Education and Training:  The Education & Training Working Group promotes the advancement of young professionals through educational events, recurring webinars, and professional development programs. Annual events include the Management Series Webinars and A Day in the Life profiles for Airport and Corporate YoPro members.
  • Marketing and Membership Engagement:  The Marketing & Membership Engagement Working Group works to improve outreach to new members and engage existing members, increase YoPro’s marketing presence through the Hub and social media, and generate awareness and collaboration between regional chapters.
  • Mentoring:  The Mentoring Working Group empowers young professionals to promote and provide feedback for the MentorMatch Program and highlights the achievements of young professionals and mentors. The Working Group creates events to increase awareness for mentorship and opportunities for networking.

YoPro Leadership and Liaisons

Sean Moran,  C.M., ACE, IACE

Livermore Municipal Airport

Molly Statler


Brady Brewster

Steering Group Member
McFarland-Johnson, Inc.

Gleb Shenov

Steering Group Member
United Airlines

Abhaya Tripathi,  C.M., ACE

Steering Group Member
San Antonio International Airport

Colin Douglas,  C.M., ACE

Steering Group Member
The Boeing Company

Lance Lamkin,  A.A.E.

Steering Group Member
University of Oklahoma Max Westheimer Airport

Tracy Guerrero

Steering Group Member
Indianapolis Airport Authority

Andrew Smyth

Steering Group Member

Jacob Kohlhorst,  A.A.E.

Steering Group Member
Louisville Regional Airport Authority

Melinda Montgomery,  A.A.E.

Committee Advisor
Trenton-Mercer Airport

Jeremy Valcich,  C.M., ACE, IACE

Staff Liaison

Jennifer Richards

Staff Liaison