Airport Business

OCT 2018

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28 airportbusiness October 2018 Adam Phelps, MBA, C.M. When Adam Phelps was growing up in the 1990s, his family would take vacations to St. Louis. His uncle had a place on an extended final approach near St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Phelps would see all of the traffic coming in, which spurred an interest in aviation. “There were also a few air shows and seeing crop dusting living on a farm and seeing those crop dusters work,” he said. “At first I thought my career was going to lead me to the Air Force, but instead it led me to the management side.” Phelps’s career as an airport professional began at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport where he worked for two years as an operations officer. There he learned the basics of airport operations hands-on, while performing maintenance, operations and aircraft rescue and firefighting duties. He then worked briefly as a seasonal snow equipment operator at Spokane International Airport before moving to McCall, Idaho to serve as the manager of FBO services company McCall Aviation. Phelps joined the Spokane International Airport Operations Department in 2011 as an operations supervisor. In 2012 was promoted to operations manager. Phelps has led the airport’s efforts to improve operational efficiency and reliability by introducing a number of technological solutions. “We go through ups and downs like any other market, but it’s always changing and it’s always challenging,” Phelps said. “We’re dealing with UAS and sustainability and electric aircraft and all the regulations.” He has been heavily involved in the implementation of computer based training, digital Part 139 compliance software, an emergency mass notification system and web-based field condition reporting. Phelps also serves as the airport’s subject matter expert on Unmanned Aircraft Systems and works closely with local air traffic control on managing UAS activity around the airport. Phelps earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Airport Management from the University of North Dakota and a Master’s of Business Administration from Webster University. He is an instrument rated private pilot, holds a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate and is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives. Phelps is also an active member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, recently volunteering in support of the regional AOPA fly-in in Missoula, Montana; and currently serves as a board member of the Washington Airport Management Association. Continued online at 12423012 Iana Tassada As vice president/aviation project executive for JE Dunn, Iana Tassada oversees the strategic direction and growth of the aviation sector. Her duties include marketing the aviation group; cultivating client relationships; assembling project teams and maintaining high-level project execution. She’s also counted on to lend direction and expertise to JE Dunn’s pursuit of aviation projects nationwide. She spent the first half of her 13 years in the industry advancing through the operations ranks. In 2012, JE Dunn selected her to lead the company’s market development strategy for aviation. “It’s a very challenging market,” she said. “You’re constantly learning. Once you think you have something figured out, things adjust.” Since Tassada joined JE Dunn’s aviation market group, it has performed nearly $200 million in contracted work at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Projects include HVAC upgrades in Concourse T and the aviation group’s near-completion of a $100 million airside modernization project. Aviation is a dynamic industry that is challenging and very fast paced. It draws very talented and smart individuals who are consistently moving the industry forward. It’s inspiring to work around these people and be part of something that is continually improving and growing. Many of Tassada’s efforts are under the umbrella of JE Dunn’s flagship Minority Business Development Program. This initiative sharpens the competitiveness of MWBEs by enhancing their industry-specific skills and operations, promoting mutually beneficial connections and relationships, and cultivating MWBEs as long-term trade partner. “I’m personally very customer focused. I really care about the construction experience,” she said. “We try to make it a very positive experience throughout the construction process.” She also helped develop the company’s internal diversity goals. In 2016, Tassada collaborated with the east region’s diversity manager to launch a Diversity Newsletter to highlight industry goings-on, profile MWBE trade partners and alert them to project bid opportunities. She now co-edits the newsletter. Tassada holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She’s a member of the Georgia Tech Civil Engineering Advisory Board, Atlanta Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance and Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s Mentor-Protégé Program. Continued online at 12423682 I care a lot about the people on my team and watching them grow and succeed in their own careers is very rewarding.

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