Airport Business

OCT 2018

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54 airportbusiness October 2018 Bakari Brock In his nomination, Bakari Brock is credited with single handedly transforming Lyft’s airport operations into one of the most profitable and effective divisions within the company. It was noted that his efforts have dramatically increased Lyft’s market share throughout the country and enabled the company to gain a foothold in major cities that had previously proved elusive. “I take a lot of joy in working with our airport and airline partners to deliver a great experience to our mutual customers,” said Brock. “Solving puzzles around operational, technical, and regulatory issues can sometimes be difficult, but it’s amazing to see how our solutions can have such a far-reaching, positive impact on millions of travelers.” Brock credits his 11 years working in Silicon Valley — including stints at Twitter and YouTube — to where he is today in his career. “It’s a desire to make a real impact on our daily lives that lead me to transportation - and to Lyft,” he said. He cites a project done with American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) as one he’s particularly proud of. “Almost four years ago, I had the pleasure of working with AAAE and SFO to establish reasonable yet robust data sharing standards for the rideshare industry,” he said. “I think this was pivotal in earning trust within the industry, and that framework continues to exist today.” Aviation is what connects people to the places they love, said Brock. “It gives us the ability to see friends, family and places that inspire us,” he said. “It also enables us to make important business decisions and connections, or to rapidly respond to those in need. It’s all connected largely in part by aviation.” In the future, Brock would like to see continued partnership with the tech community to drive the best and most seamless experience possible for travelers. “The solutions we’re able to deliver to travelers when we collaborate are incredible,” he said. Continued online at Josh Crawford, PE Over his career, Josh Crawford has gained direct experience at more than 40 airports, including 15 commercial service and eight military. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas, he began working at Garver, a Little Rock, Arkansas-based design and planning firm, where he started working on his pilot’s license. After earning it in 2008, bringing an indispensable pilot’s perspective to his airport projects, Crawford opened Garver’s first Central Texas office. Within 12 months, he expanded Garver’s aviation portfolio to eight new airports, including two of the largest general aviation airports and the fastest-growing airport in the county — Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. For Crawford, it’s all about working with people. Our industry has its own unique community and whether we are engineering a project, managing airport operations or developing a capital improvement plan, we are all unified under this banner of aviation with a shared goal of positively impacting the lives in our communities,” he said. While interning for Garver while in college, Crawford’s first assignment included the rehabilitation of a runway at a small Part 139 airport. “I remember being so excited about working on the design of infrastructure that, unfortunately, was not discussed in school other than a small chapter in our transportation classes,” he recalled. “I remember thinking how lucky I was to work in such a unique field. That experience led me to remain in the aviation industry and dedicate my entire career working at airports.” The types of projects Crawford has the most pride in are ones that require a short time to perform the work. “Projects like the Taxiway K Construction at Corpus Christi International Airport or the Army Radar Approach Control Renovation at Robert Gray Army Airfield, require design to be fast-tracked,” he said. “They are challenging, but the reward upon completion is well worth it.” Continued online at

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