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MARCH 28-30 | SAVANNAH, GA

SPEAKERS

Keynote Speaker

Jamey Chadwell
Head Football Coach
Coastal Carolina University

Jamey Chadwell was named the third head coach in Coastal Carolina football history on January 18, 2019.

Before taking over the reins at Coastal Carolina in 2019, he was a two-time FCS National Coach of the Year finalist and three-time Big South Coach of the Year at Charleston Southern from 2013-16. He was also the head coach at Delta State in 2012 and North Greenville from 2009-10.

After serving as the interim head coach for the 2017 season, Coastal’s first full season at the FBS level, and leading the Chants to a 5-7 record in 2019, his first season as the full-time head coach, Chadwell led Coastal Carolina to an historical year in 2020.

In his third year as the head coach at CCU, Chadwell led the Chants to the program’s first-ever Sun Belt Conference title and an 11-1 overall mark, including an 8-0 Sun Belt Conference record, and the program’s first-ever FBS postseason bowl game in 2020.

The 2020 season marked Coastal Carolina’s first-ever undefeated regular season and the first time that the Chanticleers were ranked in either the Associated Press Top 25 Poll or the Amway Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports.

The Chanticleers posted two wins over FBS top 25 nationally-ranked opponents, the first two such victories in program history, four wins over top 50 opponents, and was ranked as high as No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 11 in the Amway Coaches Poll, both Sun Belt Conference records. The Chanticleers were also ranked as high as No. 12 in the College Football Playoff rankings, also a Sun Belt record.

For his efforts, Chadwell received several coach of the year honors. He was named the 2020 Walter Camp Coach of the Year, the Associated Press Coach of the Year, The Home Depot College Football Coach of the Year, the 2020 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, the Sporting News’ 2020 Coach of the Year, the 2020 CBS Sports/247Sports Coach of the Year, and the Paul “Bear” Bryant Group of 5 2020 Conference Coach of the Year. He was also the winner of the 2020 George Munger College Coach of the Year Award and was chosen by fans as The Premier Coach of College Football by Premier Players, Inc.

Chadwell was also named the 2020 Sun Belt Coach of the Year, the 2020 Werner Ladder AFCA FBS Region 2 Coach of the Year, and honored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) with the 2020 Grant Teaff Coach of the Year Award.

Speakers

Terry Blue, A.A.E.
SEC-AAAE President
Memphis International Airport
Terry earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield.
Terry Blue, A.A.E.
SEC-AAAE President
Memphis International Airport

Terry earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield. He completed a two year graduate internship with the Illinois Department of Transportation – Division of Aeronautics. Terry later spent 10 years with Denver International Airport where he held progressively responsible positions in the Communications, Security, and Airport Operations departments. Terry left DIA in 2008 to join General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the Deputy Airport Director for Operations & Maintenance. Terry served GMIA for seven years, including one year as the Interim Airport Director, before leaving to join the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority as the Vice President of Operations in 2015. At the MSCAA, Terry oversees Operations & Public Safety, Maintenance, and Development. He is a licensed Private Pilot and an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) by the American Association of Airport Executives.

John Burton
Principal
John Burton Coaching, LLC
John has been a small business leader in Western North Carolina for over 40 years.
John Burton
Principal
John Burton Coaching, LLC

John has been a small business leader in Western North Carolina for over 40 years. With an MBA from UNC and four years as a security analyst in Philadelphia, John moved to the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in 1975 and as President helped it grow for 15 years to one of the largest and most respected outdoor recreation providers in the world. John raced whitewater canoes for many years on the US Team, including at the 1972 Olympic Games in Germany.

After his initial NOC years, John and his wife Jan operated a small resort in the NC mountains for 15 years, with 60 cabins and a 100-seat restaurant. John returned to NOC as CFO in 2008 and was instrumental in its sale to a new ownership group.

For the last 6 years John has leveraged his decades of experience and perhaps even a bit of hard-earned wisdom to the task of working with business leaders as a workshop facilitator, leadership coach, and consultant, including to several airports and airport-related businesses. He has also enjoyed contributing to the career growth of aspiring airport leaders through the Goal Digger Program.

Kelly Campbell, A.A.E.
Executive Director, Aviation
Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport
Kelly Campbell is the Executive Director of Aviation at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB).
Kelly Campbell, A.A.E.
Executive Director, Aviation
Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport

Kelly Campbell is the Executive Director of Aviation at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB). Kelly graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997 and began employment with LBB in March of 2001 as the airport accountant. In September 2003, she was promoted to Deputy Director and in April 2014 became Executive Director. Kelly is active with both the national organization the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the South Central Chapter (SCC) of AAAE. Kelly also serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Commercial Airports Association.

Brad DiFiore
Managing Director
Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting
Brad DiFiore is a Managing Director at Ailevon Pacific, having founded its predecessor Ailevon in 2011.
Brad DiFiore
Managing Director
Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting

Brad DiFiore is a Managing Director at Ailevon Pacific, having founded its predecessor Ailevon in 2011. Brad currently leads the APAC consulting efforts for twelve clients, including Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Lexington Blue Grass Airport and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in the Southeast. He also leads engagements with Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Gerald. R. Ford International Airport, Flint Bishop International Airport, Lehigh Valley International Airport as well as the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Bermuda Tourism Authority and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Brad has over 27 years of airline industry expertise and works extensively as a liaison between airlines and communities. Prior to co-founding Ailevon, Brad was Director of Airport Consulting Services at Sabre Airline Solutions. At Sabre, he managed a diversified portfolio of clients and engaged in projects in both domestic and international markets. Before joining Sabre, Brad had over thirteen years of experience at Delta Air Lines, with an extensive background in Network Planning and Scheduling. In his last role at Delta, Brad was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships between the carrier and airports/communities worldwide.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Michael Gula, A.A.E.
Executive Director
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
In 2018, Mike Gula was promoted to the position of Executive Director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) after a national recruitment initiative.
Michael Gula, A.A.E.
Executive Director
Columbia Metropolitan Airport

In 2018, Mike Gula was promoted to the position of Executive Director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) after a national recruitment initiative. Mr. Gula previously served as Director of Operations, Planning & Facilities at CAE. He is responsible for the overall business operations, administration, human resources, financing, marketing, community relations, air service development, maintenance, safety, security and planning and development of the Richland-Lexington Airport District and the related airport facilities.

Mr. Gula has gained significant knowledge and airport administrative experience while serving four different commercial service airports over 16 years. He previously served as the Director of Operations at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport; Operations Manager at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington (KY); and as the Manager of Operations and Cargo Development at Toledo Express Airport (OH).

Mr. Gula maintains an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) certification from the American Association of Airport Executives, and in 2016 was named by Airport Business News a top 40 under 40 recipient. He received his Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and Operations from Bowling Green State University.

David Harper
Managing Principal
The Advisory Alliance
David Harper is Managing Principal of The Advisory Alliance.
David Harper
Managing Principal
The Advisory Alliance

David Harper is Managing Principal of The Advisory Alliance. A skilled business executive with a proven record in both domestic and international markets, he has more than 20 years’ consulting and leadership experience, with expertise in business and operations management, as well as leadership development and organizational change.

David has personally worked with clients on a variety of issues, including:

  • 9- to 18-month Executive Coaching programs for high potential senior executives, developing Vice Presidents and above for their next-level role.
  • Design and delivery of the flagship 4-day Leadership Development program for all District Managers of a #1 category U.S. national retailer (1,100+ stores; 22,000 employees) to foster better strategic thinking, improved customer service and experience, and increased in-store sales
  • Turnaround change management for 26,000 employees of a Fortune 500 US financial services corporation, developing a customer-focused culture in a climate that had undergone extensive rationalization
  • Research, analysis, and development of the essential leadership criteria for the selection of the CEO & President of a leading regional economic development authority
  • Leading the creation of the first Executive Leadership Development program for 3,000 senior leadersof a Fortune 50 global investment bank, bringing together select high potential executives to engage and develop them as the firm’s leaders of the 21st century
  • Research and analysis of the key factors of loyalty-driven sales to support a Fortune 100 global food and beverage firm’s bid to secure a 10-year supply contract with a leading quick service franchise (16,000+ outlets nationwide)
  • The creation of a learning architecture to support the common knowledge, language, and skill set for 400+ Customer Management Professionals of 3 recently merged sales organizations of the US division of a global consumer products corporation
  • Research, analysis, contributing author, and speaker for The Conference Board report and webcast presentation on the changing role of today’s Chief Operations Officer

Prior to establishing The Advisory Alliance, David served as Senior Vice President with Partners International, a privately held management consulting firm in Manhattan, serving the Fortune 500. Before being recruited to Partners, he led teams of consultants and independent specialists for multi-stream consulting engagements with The Forum Corporation, a global leader in leadership and management development serving the Fortune 500.

Born in Montreal, Canada, David spent the first part of his career in private business, as COO for an international wholesaling and distribution corporation, serving a diversified international client base, including retailers such as Wal-Mart.

David has presented to various organizations including the American Association of Airport Executives, The Florida Retail Federation, ADP, and others. He has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, SuccessFactors’ Factors of Success, The South Magazine, and CBS TV affiliate WTOC. He is also contributing author to The Conference Board’s in-depth research report, The Changing Role of the COO, and authors The Advisory Alliance’s monthly 60-Second Read™.

David is a SHRM-SCP certified member of the Society for Human Resource Management, a certified consultant and facilitator from the Positive Deviance Initiative of Tufts University, a certified facilitator and administrator of the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), the Hogan Development Survey (HDS), and the Hogan Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI); the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®), the Student Leadership Challenge, and the Student Leadership Practices Inventory. He is also a master global certification consultant for the Leadership Versatility Index®.

He is a Beta Gamma Sigma Medal recipient and graduate from Columbia University Graduate School of Business (MBA, Finance and Management), and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration as well as a BA in Psychology from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Beth Herndon
Founder & Principal Consultant
Pathway 360 Consulting, LLC
With 25+ years of experience in Human Resources and Leadership and Organizational Development, Beth brings a comprehensive...
Beth Herndon
Founder & Principal Consultant
Pathway 360 Consulting, LLC

With 25+ years of experience in Human Resources and Leadership and Organizational Development, Beth brings a comprehensive and creative perspective to helping companies achieve their business and human capital goals. Beth has applied her expertise to large scale organizational change, merger & acquisition, training design and facilitation, and leadership and team development. She has also served as interim HR executive for a number of small and mid-size growth companies.

She enjoys helping individuals and teams increase their effectiveness through assessments, coaching, training and facilitated planning, programs and problem-solving processes. Beth began her career as a consultant for 12 years with Accenture in Chicago where she spearheaded the Firm’s global “Principle-Centered Leadership” Initiative. At EarthLink in Atlanta for six years, Beth created a “great manager” program and implemented a talent review and succession planning process.

Beth has an M.A. in Communication and Leadership Development from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in Speech Communication from Wesleyan College, Macon, GA. Based in Atlanta, Beth loves spending her free time playing trombone and drums in a community jazz band.

Kevin Howell, C.M., I.A.P.
Senior Vice President/COO
Greenville-Spartanburg Airport
Kevin Howell serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport District...
Kevin Howell, C.M., I.A.P.
Senior Vice President/COO
Greenville-Spartanburg Airport

Kevin Howell serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport District, where he is responsible for the Airport Capital Improvement Program, Airport Operations & Public Safety, Airport Facilities and Maintenance, and Cerulean Aviation, the airport’s passenger and cargo ground handling business line and the airport’s Fixed Based Operation (FBO).

Prior to joining GSP, Mr. Howell served as the development director for the Asheville Regional Airport. He also previously worked at the Little Rock National Airport and Nashville International Airport. Mr. Howell is an accredited International Airport Professional by Airport Councils International and a certified airport manager by the American Association of Airport Executives. He earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

Kelly Johnson, A.A.E.
Airport Director
Northwest Arkansas Airport
Kelly L. Johnson, A.A.E., has been the Airport Director for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority since 1996.
Kelly Johnson, A.A.E.
Airport Director
Northwest Arkansas Airport

Kelly L. Johnson, A.A.E., has been the Airport Director for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority since 1996. Prior to that time, she worked in various capacities for the City of Fayetteville for over 19 years. She received her Accredited Airport Executive status from the American Association of Airport Executives in 1991. Kelly was appointed to the position of COO in 2018.

Kelly is a private pilot, is the past President of the Southeast Chapter of American Association of Airport Executives, is a past Chairperson of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce, is the past President of the Arkansas Airport Operators Association and served as Chair of the American Association of Airport Executives and Vice Chair of the Oversight Committee for the Airport Cooperative Research Program for the National Academy of Science. Kelly currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Airport Executives, serves on the Policy Review Committee for the American Association of Airport Executives and serves as an Ex Officio Board Member for the Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce. Kelly has been married for 46 years to Rick Johnson, and they have two children and four grandchildren.

Gregory B. Kelly, A.A.E.
Executive Director
Savannah Airport Commission
Greg Kelly began his career with the Savannah Airport Commission in August 1989 and is now the Executive Director at Savannah/Hilton Head International.
Gregory B. Kelly, A.A.E.
Executive Director
Savannah Airport Commission

Greg Kelly began his career with the Savannah Airport Commission in August 1989 and is now the Executive Director at Savannah/Hilton Head International. He is a past chair of the Airports Council International – Small Airports Committee, Past President of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives, Past President of the Georgia Airports Association, and Past President of the Savannah Aviation Association. He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Airport Executives. He currently serves on the Airports Council International – Board of Directors and US Policy Committee. Mr. Kelly is a primary coordinator for the Southeast Airports Disaster Operations Group (SEADOG). He is a Past Chair of the Savannah Area Tourism Leadership Council; he has served on the Board of Directors for the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, Visit Savannah, and the Board of Advisors for the Georgia Tech – Savannah Chapter. He is a graduate of Leadership Savannah, a recipient of Savannah Community STAR Award, and a member of the Rotary Club of Savannah and the Propeller Club. He is an Accredited Airport Executive and a Private Pilot. He is a 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from the American Association of Airport Executives. Mr. Kelly is a 1985 graduate of the University of Florida.

Lori Lynah
Director of Marketing/Air Service Development
Savannah Airport Commission
With a career in the Marketing and Public Relations field spanning the past 20 years, Lori has been responsible for developing and implementing...
Lori Lynah
Director of Marketing/Air Service Development
Savannah Airport Commission

With a career in the Marketing and Public Relations field spanning the past 20 years, Lori has been responsible for developing and implementing the Savannah Airport Commission’s marketing and public relations program since 2001, and in 2012, added the responsibility of managing the Airport’s Air Service Development efforts.

Prior to her employment with the Commission, she served as the Public Information Officer for Chatham County. Lori also brought with her previous airline experience with Piedmont and American Airlines, as well as advertising sales experience with Clear Channel Radio.

A native of North Carolina, Lori graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been a resident of Savannah for 26 years and enjoys life on the coast with her husband Beau, and four children.

Judi Olmstead, A.A.E
Assistant Director of Airports
Myrtle Beach International Airport
Judi is the Assistant Director of Airports for the Myrtle Beach International Airport.
Judi Olmstead, A.A.E
Assistant Director of Airports
Myrtle Beach International Airport

Judi is the Assistant Director of Airports for the Myrtle Beach International Airport. Prior to Myrtle Beach, she was the CFO at Charleston International (SC) for 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bryant University in Rhode Island and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven in Connecticut. An Accredited Airport Executive, Judi is the past president of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and also past chairman of the AAAE Finance & Administration Committee. She is currently a member of the AAAE Board of Examiners and conducts the “Goal Digger” Leadership Workshop series for future leaders in the aviation industry.

Bonnie Ossege
Vice President
Ricondo & Associates, Inc.
Ms. Ossege joined Ricondo & Associates, Inc. in 1996, and is a Vice President in the firm’s business and financial consulting practice.
Bonnie Ossege
Vice President
Ricondo & Associates, Inc.

Ms. Ossege joined Ricondo & Associates, Inc. in 1996, and is a Vice President in the firm’s business and financial consulting practice. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal.

Throughout her career, Ms. Ossege has assisted airport sponsors with the planning and implementation of their capital development programs including the development of financial feasibility analyses, the negotiation of and development of airline-airport use and lease agreements, development of airline rates and charges, and revenue bond feasibility studies. She has assisted with the development and submittal of PFC Applications and Amendments for all size airports including the development of PFC strategy. For many assignments, she has developed or managed the development of computerized airline rates and charges models, which were designed for implementation and use by airports for the ongoing review of their airline rates and charges. She has assisted airport sponsors with developed aviation activity forecasts, and evaluated rental car customer facility charge funding strategies.

Ms. Ossege leads Ricondo’s efforts to assist AAAE with the planning and execution of the PFC and Rates and Charges workshops. She also serves on the ACI-NA Finance Committee.

Thomas M. Rafter, A.A.E.
Executive Director
Nantucket Memorial Airport
Mr. Rafter is currently the Airport Manager at the Nantucket Memorial Airport where he has been since June of 2012.
Thomas M. Rafter, A.A.E.
Executive Director
Nantucket Memorial Airport

Mr. Rafter is currently the Airport Manager at the Nantucket Memorial Airport where he has been since June of 2012. He is responsible for operation of the entire airport, including oversight of the Fixed Base Operation, firefighting, maintenance and airport operations.

Mr. Rafter was formerly the Airport Director for the South Jersey Transportation Authority, owner of the Atlantic City International Airport. He was with the Atlantic City Airport system for over thirty-one (31) years where he began as Airport Maintenance Manager at the General Aviation field located within the city limits of Atlantic City. Since then he has held various positions with both private and public entities at the Atlantic City International Airport.

Mr. Rafter is past Chair of the Technical Services Committee for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and has served on their national Board of Directors. He is a past President of the Northeast Chapter – AAAE, and is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.). His public speaking engagements include presentations at international events in Bangkok, Thailand and Poznan, Poland.

Stephen Slifer
Chief Economist
NumberNomics: Economics. Explained.
From 1980 until his retirement in 2003, Mr. Slifer was the Chief U.S. Economist for Lehman Brothers in New York City.
Stephen Slifer
Chief Economist
NumberNomics: Economics. Explained.

From 1980 until his retirement in 2003, Mr. Slifer was the Chief U.S. Economist for Lehman Brothers in New York City. In that role he directed the firm’s U.S. economics group and was responsible for the firm’s forecasts and analysis of the U.S. economy.

Prior to that he spent a decade as a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., forecasting growth in the money supply.

He has written two books about the various economic indicators and how they can be used to forecast economic activity. He also writes a regular bi-weekly economics column for the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Mr. Slifer has been widely quoted in press and on television, was voted the top economist by Institutional Investor magazine five years in a row and in 1997 was named as one of the top 100 “Faces to Watch in the Next Millenium.”

Matt Townsend
Director
Frasca & Associates
Mr. Townsend has 15 years of experience in all aspects of airport finance, with particular expertise in strategic financial planning.
Matt Townsend
Director
Frasca & Associates

Mr. Townsend has 15 years of experience in all aspects of airport finance, with particular expertise in strategic financial planning. As a Director for Frasca & Associates, LLC, Mr. Townsend assists his clients with analyses related to financial feasibility, capital program funding plans, airline rates and charges, airline negotiations, nonairline revenue development, and airline economics. Recent work includes assisting numerous clients with strategies related to the use of federal COVID-19 relief grants, including the CARES Act, the Coronarvirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, and the American Rescue Plan. These strategies have been tailored to the particular goals and financial situation of each client to promote their financial resiliency, including the use of grants to meet bond indenture requirements, minimize increases to airline rates and charges, provide targeted rent relief for airport tenants, and provide funding for capital projects as access to debt markets has been limited. Mr. Townsend has a deep knowledge of federal regulations affecting airport finance and was the lead author of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Airport Finance Airport Certified Employee (ACE) program. He is the former Chief Financial Officer of the Houston Airport System, the operator of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental, William P. Hobby, and Ellington airports.

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