Airport Business

OCT 2018

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52 airportbusiness October 2018 Jacob N. Sotsky A client who nominated Jacob Sotsky, a director at airport strategy firm Jacobsen|Daniels, almost didn’t. “I’m not at all sure it’s in my best interest to share just how amazing Jacob is. If others know my secret to getting things done (it’s Jacob), he may be less available to me and that would be tragic,” the nominator wrote. “We are a needy client. We call when we need something and it’s rarely between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Jacob always answers my call or email promptly and gets to work immediately on whatever it is we need,” said the nominator. “Logically we know he has other clients. but we never feel it. He’s politically astute and knows when to push and when to sit down. Ultimately, Jacob makes us look good. That’s a great consultant.” While in college, Sotsky originally wanted to be a planner, but he pivoted into civil engineering in his junior year at Tulane University. “I like having the ability to see things I’ve worked on happen in real time, like my work at Los Angeles International Airport,” he said. He’s currently working on the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) at LAX, along with the Airport Development Plan at San Diego International Airport Sotsky enjoys how so many people are impacted by the work he and his colleagues do every day at airports to make their journeys better. “I used AutoCAD to draw lines for parking lots. Two years later, I looked out the window and see lines being drawn in the pavement exactly how I drew them,” he said. Spending part of his childhood with his dad, who lived under the old primary departures runway at Louisville International Airport, made an impression on Sotsky. “I like working in such adynamic world where everything is interconnected. I like that I have the ability to touch all aspects of airport design, from the moment a passenger gets to the airport to the moment they take off,” he said. Airports need to continue to take a customer service-based approach in planning and design, said Stosky. “More airports are focusing on the passenger experience, but we’re only scratching the surface,” he said. “The more airports cater to customers the more non-aeronautical revenue they can raise, which will allow them to fund more projects in the future.” Continued online at Zachary D. Oakley A.A.E., ACE As deputy director of operations and planning at Chicago Rockford International Airport, Zach Oakley wears many hats. He is also considered the “go-to” for countless opportunities and challenges throughout the entire airport. When anyone needs help or advice, the phrase that is often repeated is “Just ask Zach.” Oakley’s job is to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local rules and regulations at the airport. He also provides oversight to airside operations activities, including airport emergency response, FAA inspections, FAA security, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, airline gate and traffic management, federal and local law enforcement policy compliance and special program implementation. For Oakley, his job is all about variety. “Our organization isn’t large. We have around 36 employees. But we work with big clients like Allegiant Air, UPS and Atlas,” he said. “Being a major cargo airport, I have had a hand in everything, including business development, air service development, operations, marketing, planning and construction.” Oakley is most proud of his work in preventing bird strikes. “I’ve worked on outreach efforts with pilots in business, commercial and general aviation and done talks about wildlife hazards,” he said. He also volunteers on the Oshkosh Birdstrike Committee and works a booth at the annual Oshkosh Fly-In event. The wide variety of things touched by aviation is what appeals most to Oakley. “We can see how what we do in aviation affects our entire economy,” he said. “And you can also see how wide our reach is even in our own community.” Continued online at "Being a major cargo airport, I have had a hand in everything, including business development, air service development, operations, marketing, planning and construction."

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