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MARCH 28-30 | SAVANNAH, GA

SCHEDULE

Conference Agenda | March 28–30

Saturday, March 27th

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Site Selection Committee Meeting
Marriot Savannah Riverfront: Savannah Ballroom D

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Board of Directors Dinner (Private Function)
The Olde Pink House Restaurant

Sunday, March 28th

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration Open
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom Pre-Function

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM

Corporate Liaison Committee Meeting
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Plaza Room

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Board of Directors Meeting
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Boardroom D

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

AAAE Exams
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Boardroom A

12:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Golf Outing – Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Shuttles depart Marriott at 11:30AM
Bacon Park Golf Course

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Move-In and Set Up
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Atrium Level 1

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception – Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Atrium Level 1

7:30 PM

Dinner on your own

Monday, March 29th

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Open
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom Pre-Function

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Atrium Level 1

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors – Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Marriott Savannah Riverfront

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

2021 SEC-AAAE Welcome & Opening Remarks
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: ABCDE

Presentation of Colors & National Anthem

Speaker(s): Terry Blue, A.A.E., SEC-AAAE President, Memphis International Airport; Gregory B. Kelly, A.A.E., Executive Director, Savannah Airport Commission; Kelly Campbell, A.A.E., Executive Director, Aviation; Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, AAAE Chair

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

General Session 1: Keynote Address
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom ABCDE

Jamey Chadwell, a two-time FCS National Coach of the Year finalist and three-time Big South Coach of the Year, became the third head coach in Coastal Carolina football history on January 18, 2019. He finished fourth in the FCS National Coach of the Year voting in 2015 and eighth in 2013 and on the field led CSU to two conference titles, as well as the NCAA Division I FCS Championship Playoffs twice.

Speaker(s): Jamey Chadwell, Head Football Coach, Coastal Carolina University

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Break with Exhibitors – Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Atrium Level 1

11:00 AM – NOON

General Session 2: When Disaster Strikes! Preparation and Recovery from Airport Emergencies
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom ABCDE

Get. Ready. Now. Airports service large numbers of people with varying traffic flows, passenger processing routines and aircraft schedules. However, the unexpected does happen at airports, and at all times airport operators and its stakeholders must be prepared to work together when disaster strikes. This action-packed panel has information you don’t want to miss!

Moderator: Gregory B. Kelly, A.A.E., Executive Director, Savannah Airport Commission
Speaker(s): R. Heath Allen, C.M., Executive Director, Lake Charles Regional Airport; David J. Pollard, C.M., Director of Aviation, Tallahassee International Airport

NOON – 1:30 PM

Lunch/SEC-AAAE Membership Meeting
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom ABCDE

Lightning Talks with Vendors – Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Engage with vendors as they provide a brief presentation on their products and services which may be useful to your airport – with a happy hour twist. Limited slots available, you don’t want to miss out!

Moderator: Scott Van Moppes, A.A.E, Director of Airports, Myrtle Beach International Airport
Speaker(s): Archetype Companies: We provide a comprehensive suite of services that support real estate owners and professionals during the various stages of an asset’s life cycle. Our team is comprised of engineers, architects, construction managers, financial analysts, and accountants who are ready to assist you.

Materna Intelligent Passenger Solutions (Materna IPS USA Corp.): This internationally successful software integration and IT consulting company has a lot of “firsts”. Materna pioneered the first self-bag drop system in the world and has and remains the first and only company to deliver biometric SBD in North America in a live environment at multiple airports. Materna’s solutions enable airports and airlines to better leverage their existing investment in hardware and software while providing the optimal Touchless passenger experience. Materna’s seamless passenger processing solutions are well-proven by renowned airlines and airports & with proven ROI’s’. Don’t miss this session to get an update on the latest and greatest of what is possible to achieve a touchless journey!

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Spouse/Guest Event
Shuttle Departs Marriott Lobby at 12:30 PM
Event: Shop, Dine, and Unwind at Tanger Outlets Savannah

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

General Session 3: How has COVID-19 Impacted Your Airport?
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom ABCDE

This roundtable discussion will allow attendees to learn strategies and discuss their Airport’s experiences during the height of the COVID-19 economic shutdown. This session will provide a moderated, open dialogue to ensure a variety of topics are covered.

Moderator: Thomas M. Rafter, A.A.E., Executive Director, Nantucket Memorial Airport

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Break with Exhibitors – Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Atrium Level 1

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

General Session 4: Air Service Outlook – Emerging Trends Post COVID-19
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom ABCDE

This session will cover the emerging trends and leading indicators of Air Service one year after the Covid-19 economic shutdown. Hear the forecasted recovery for different markets and what you can do to ensure you are maintaining existing service. Also, learn a few tips to ensure you are staying relevant in the competitive air service recruitment environment.

Moderator: Lori Lynah, Director of Marketing/Air Service Development, Savannah Airport Commission
Speaker: Brad DiFiore, Managing Director, Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

General Session 5: The Boom of Air Cargo – Demand That’s Here to Stay
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom ABCDE

This session will provide answers to those burning questions attendees have about one of transportation’s hottest trends. Hear developments from airports who’ve increased their cargo footprint and firsthand from consultants on partnerships and redeveloping or expanding air cargo/freight facilities at airports.

Moderator: Bonnie Ossege, Vice President, Ricondo
Speaker(s): Kevin Howell, C.M., I.A.P., Senior Vice President/COO, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport; Michael Gula, A.A.E., Executive Director, Columbia Metropolitan Airport

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

President’s Reception – Entertainment Provided
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom ABCDE

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

President’s Dinner
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom ABCDE

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Afterhours Networking & Entertainment 
Explore River Street and City Market

Tuesday, March 30th

7:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration Open
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom Pre-function

7:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Atrium Level 1

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors – Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Atrium Level 1

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

General Session 6: The Bench – Strategic Succession Planning
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom ABCDE

Is your final approach to transitioning your organization on track? For many CEO’s, COVID-19 has moved the issue to center stage. For those nearing retirement or restructuring and developing their staff, effective succession planning can ensure long-term success for your organization. Engage in this interactive and thought-provoking discussion, which will provide the necessary tools for your organization to stay on course.

Moderator: David Harper, Managing Principal, The Advisory Alliance
Speaker(s): John Burton, Principal, John Burton Coaching, LLC; Beth Herndon, Founder & Principal Consultant, Pathway 360 Consulting, LLC; Judi Olmstead, A.A.E., Asst. Director of Airports, Myrtle Beach International Airport; Kelly Johnson, A.A.E., Airport Director, Northwest Arkansas Airport

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Break with Exhibitors – Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Atrium Level 1

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

General Session 7: Economic Stimulus – Too Much of a Good Thing?
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom ABCDE

Last year the economy experienced the deepest recession in our history. But then the government came riding to the rescue and produced the fastest rebound ever. But the spending keeps coming and coming with no end in sight. In the process the budget deficit and Treasury debt outstanding have climbed to record levels. How long before the economy overheats? Is inflation finally going to emerge? Between faster inflation and a dramatic increase in government debt, interest rates are certain to climb. The economy may look great now, but are there problems lurking?

Moderator: Matt Townsend, Director, Frasca & Associates
Speaker(s): Stephen Slifer, Chief Economist, NumberNomics: Economics. Explained.

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Lunch & Awards Presentation
Marriott Savannah Riverfront: Ballroom ABCDE

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Clay Shoot Outing – Sponsored by Connico & Gresham Smith
17 South Rod and Gun Club 
5899 N Coastal Hwy, Fleming, GA 31309
Shuttle Departs Marriott Lobby at 1:00 p.m.

2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Move-Out & Breakdown
Marriott Savannah Riverfront –Atrium Level 1

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Host Event Reception – Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar, Level 2
Shuttle Departs Marriot at 5:45 p.m.

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Host Event & Live Music
Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar, Level 2,3,4
Shuttle Departs Marriott at 6:45 p.m.

Conference Adjourns
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