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OCT 2018

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October 2018 airportbusiness 51 Scott B. Hill, PMP, SFP What does Scott Hill enjoy most about what he does? Contributing to the growth of the city of Houston. I am a native Houstonian, so I take a lot of pride in seeing the advancement of one of our major transportation modes,” he said. “I truly like to see how things work from an asset management side. Also, I enjoy being a part of the major expansions and other initiatives we are working on to improve the airport system.” Hill has nearly 15 years of aviation experience. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he joined the Houston Airport System (HAS) as an inspector in 2008, where for five years he held roles in facilities and construction management. From 2013 to 2017, he was a management analyst IV – asset management, where he developed and managed numerous HAS Strategic Asset Management (SAM) projects and initiatives. SAM is a HAS enterprise-wide program that provides for the cost-effective, sustainable total life cycle management of physical assets and infrastructure. SAM projects and initiatives Hill has managed include condition assessments, sustainability management plans, commissioning, retro-commissioning and energy management projects at Bush Intercontinental Airport, Hobby International Airport and Ellington Airport. Hill credits his father for having an impact on his career choice. “My dad served in the Army and in the Air National Guard. He also was a private pilot. When I was a child he would take me to airshows, NASA and military bases,” he said. “My dad instilled in me a strong sense of service to our country and community and civic duty. He encouraged me to join the Air Force right after high school. That move launched my aviation career.” Hill likes being a part of an industry that has a positive role in our society. “Aviation has had a profound impact on the progress of mankind. The obvious is that it allows for people to connect for business or to visit loved ones. We are able to deliver goods and services to just about anywhere in the world,” he said. “I am also always amazed in the air power and space power of our military that is used to help protect our nation and allies. Lastly, I am always inspired by the advancements in space exploration and the various implications it has on the advancement of science and technology.” Continued online at www.AviationPros.com/12424125 Photo by J. Alfred Poore Productions Andrew Grusnick, PMP Andrew Grusnick has been employed with the Jervis B. Webb Company since July 2013. He came aboard as a project manager and in two short years, was promoted to director of project management, thanks to his proven leadership skills that have made him an asset to the company and his peers. No two days are ever the same, said Grusnick. “I enjoy the dynamic nature of the aviation industry and of project management. Working in airports is just interesting,” he said. “The first time you drive on the airside of an airport is an experience you won’t forget. Being up close and personal with the aircraft is an awesome experience. From time to time when I am walking out on the tarmac, early in the morning or as the sun is setting, I look around and think `man I have a cool job.’” While doing carpentry in 2009, Grusnick met a senior executive from Clark Construction. “He liked my work ethic and introduced me to some of his team at Washington Dulles International Airport, which included Clark’s joint venture partner for several project, J. Roberts Inc.,” he said. He later started working with J. Roberts on several JV projects with Clark at Dulles. “While there, one of the subcontractors I managed was Jervis B. Webb Company, which is now Daifuku,” he said. “When my wife and I decided to move back to Michigan in 2013, I reached out to some contacts at Webb, which lead to a role in its project management group.” The aviation industry is appealing for a few different reasons, said Grusnick. “From a practical perspective, the work is very consistent and somewhat recession-proof, especially on the baggage-handling side of the business. Outside of that, aviation is just an interesting business to be a part of,” he said. Grusnick’s projects at Dulles were memorable because they introduced him to the aviation industry, where he was part of a great team. “I also managed a project at Boston Logan Turner Construction, which was his first in baggage handling, which was very challenging,” he said. “We overcame a number of obstacles to make that a winning project.” Working in airports is an exciting experience, said Grusnick. “The type of work that Daifuku does requires elaborate planning and careful execution to avoid impact to airport operations which may ultimately affect passengers,” he explained. “It is a high-stress industry, but also is extremely rewarding.” Looking at the future of aviation, Grusnick would like to see the industry continue to prioritize the passenger experience. “I think things have improved in the past few years but there is still much room for improvement,” he stated. “Airline travel will grow more rapidly if the experience becomes more enjoyable for the average traveler.” Continued online at www.AviationPros.com/12424131

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