Airport Business

OCT 2018

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October 2018 airportbusiness 53 Alex Wuchte Alex Wuchte has worked for the Jervis B. Webb Company since February 2012, where he has represented them as an engineer at some of the busiest airports in the world including Hartsfield-Jackson, Washington Dulles and Philadelphia International. Before aviation, Wuchte was in building construction in Chicago. “It was great, but aviation gives you much more of a sense of the world and how big it is,” he said. In February 2016, Wuchte moved from engineering to a new job as a sales application engineer. In this role, he has been able to match his technical expertise to his customer relationships to create solutions to meet the customers’ needs. In 2018, he was promoted to business development associate and is now running sales teams on large baggage-handling opportunities. “I enjoy constantly being on the move and working on something different. There’s always something new, exciting, and challenging to work on,” said Wuchte. “I remember being in my 20s and thinking `Yea traveling for work sounds great.’ Seven years and many hardships later I’m still here and still enjoying it.” One of the coolest things we might see soon is biometrics across the airport, said Wuchte. “It would be nice to leave the wallet and phone in your bag and be able to check-in, go through security, buy food and board the plane — all with just your face.” Wuchte’s favorite project was also his first — Hartsfield-Jackson’s international Terminal F. “I think it gave me my wings. I still refer to it as a good model for almost any other terminal,” he said. Continued online at "I remember being in my 20s and thinking `Yea traveling for work sounds great.' Seven years and many hardships later I'm still here and still enjoying it." Zach E. Nelson, MPA Zach Nelson caught the aviation bug at an early age. “For a short period of my childhood, between ages 6 to 8, I lived behind the Stillwater Municipal Airport in Stillwater, Okla. I used to ride my bike up to the airport all the time and stick my nose through the fence just to watch what was going on,” he recalled. “While I loved watching airplanes, I was always aware of the orderly operation of the airport and its airspace and really enjoyed the structure of it all.” Whenever the airport was busy or had a fly-in of any sort, Nelson said he’d hear it from his house and would hop right on his bike. “Interestingly enough, Gary Johnson, C.M., has been the airport director there since 1986,” he said. “While I don’t recall ever meeting him personally, I’m sure he had to escort me to the right side of the fence a time or two in the early 1990s.” Nelson went to Florida Institute of Technology and earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation management. He also has Masters of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He’s been an adjunct professor at Florida Tech since 2012, where he teaches courses including airport planning, airport design and AutoCAD for airport development. “I really can’t think of any other industry I would work in. Early in college, I realized I didn’t want to be a pilot, but I wanted to be in aviation,” he recalled. “Airports are great and as a consultant, it gives me a broad experience.” He thrives in his role at McFarland Johnson, where he consults with airports on their long-ranging visioning and development projects. “It’s a combination of working with people and finding creative solutions to a variety of interesting problems. One day I could be running a meeting discussing potential forecast scenarios and impacts to facilities and another I could be engaged in discussion of economic development initiatives with decision makers from an airport or municipality,” he said. “I also work with my firm to develop and deploy innovative technological solutions for airports. Our dynamic analysis tool has grown in multiple directions in the last few years as we work with airport clients on airport specific issues and concerns. It’s an exciting time to be an airport planner.” Continued online at

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