What a great Annual Conference in Denver! We are thankful for our partners at Denver International Airport and Centennial Airport, and specifically to Kim Day, CEO of DEN and Robert Olislagers, Director of APA and the Conference Committee for developing an excellent program. Also, I would like to thank Dan Sprinkle, A.A.E. and Bruce Goetz, A.A.E. for their outstanding efforts in coordinating all of the conference events. Also, thanks to the sponsors and exhibitors, who are important partners with the Chapter. Their support is critical to our ability to hold successful events and to provide services to our members.
How could we not all cheer for what Denver is achieving with its development program?! Not only is this good for the Denver region, but our Immediate Past President Cris Jensen correctly pointed out that Denver’s improvements also help many of our passengers by providing an efficient and convenient connection point to the larger domestic and international airline networks. Denver is proof-certain that managing and developing airports requires a long-term vision and then a committed workforce to carry out the plans and programs necessary to execute that vision.
Speaking of workforce, we were fortunate to have several aviation management students attend some of the annual conference activities. I was able to meet them as we all stuffed goodie bags before the conference started. Lindsay, Lane and Sam are all students at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and I learned a lot from them as we worked and later during lunch. I also met Metro students Val, Jesus and Anthony at the Centennial event and encouraged them to introduce themselves and to let Chapter members know about their career interests. These students are our future and I encourage you to support them as they complete their degrees and search for internship or employment opportunities.
To extend my thoughts on the importance of developing talent to address the needs of the airport management industry, I am providing this link to my brief presentation following the awards banquet. Although I promised to complete my comments in 10 minutes, I am told that I took 12:27 (now that’s an airport management crowd)!
Please remember the themes that we will pursue this year:
The first step is to respond to the member survey when you receive it, I promise it will not take long and it will be important information for us to have as we move forward over the next year to increasing the Chapter’s value to its members.
Thank you for your support of the Northwest Chapter!
Lawrence J. Krauter, A.A.E., AICP