• Leadership – The Bridge To the Future

    Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina offers legendary Southern charm
    and hospitality in an area that is home to some of the biggest names in business and technology.

  • Greenville, SC welcomes the
    2016 SEC-AAAE Annual Conference

    GSP International is in the midst of the WINGSPAN Program - a passenger-centric renovation designed to continue our
    heritage of convenience, community and comfort.

  • The Hyatt Regency - Greenville

    The venue for the 2016 SEC-AAAE Conference is the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville, SC.
    This artfully stylish luxury hotel is located on Greenville's charming Main Street within easy walking distance of some of the city's most popular attractions.
    This award-winning location will serve as the home base for the conference and offers an attractive confrence rate for attendees and exhibitors.

Conference Countdown

May 1-3, 2016 - Greenville, SC

Leadership – The Bridge To the Future

The 2016 SEC-AAAE Annual Conference

Leadership was chosen as the 2016 annual conference theme because we recognized the need for executives to fully realize that leadership is not a position or title, it is action and example.

As leaders in the aviation industry, seasoned airport executives must recognize the importance of succession planning. And along the lines of succession planning, leaders must understand millennials now make up a greater percentage of the workforce. Understanding how to manage millennials and the technology they wield is a great asset to the industry. New blood means new ideas.

Leadership also means understanding the importance of diversity across the aviation industry. Diverse organizations encourage and harness these differences to make their services relevant and approachable. Diverse organizations draw upon the widest possible range of views and experiences so they can listen to and meet the changing needs of travelers.

The 2016 SEC-AAAE annual conference is an opportunity to hear timely sessions on current industry topics, trends and concerns. The conference also affords attendees, exhibitors and sponsors the opportunity to network with industry professionals from airports across the region.

Hosted by the GSP International Airport in Greenville, SC, the 2016 conference brings the chapter to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a classic Southern setting that also boasts a distinctive modern flair. Characterized by a popular "Yeah that Greenville" attitude, this city offers the warmth and charm of hometown hospitality while hosting some of the world's giants of industry and technology. Home to Michelin North America, BMW Manufacturing and the Clemson University ICAR, the Upstate of South Carolina draws both the outdoorsman and the urbanite alike.

Who should attend?

  • Airport Executives
  • Commissioners & Elected Officials
  • Aviation Business Professionals
  • Aviation Faculty & Students
Conference Events

Golf Outing

Carved into a lush Carolina forest, the Preserve at Verdae is scenic & challenging. Register now, only the first 40 will join sponsor Campbell & Paris on this championship course.
May 1, 2016

Expert Speakers

Join us for keynote & lunch presentations by noted speakers Ryan Estis & Cam Marston.
May 2, 2016 & May 3, 2016

Host Event

Spend an afternoon on the track at the BMW Performance Driving Center. You’ll never forget why you came...
May 3, 2016

Exhibitor Breaks

Learn about the latest innovations during the breaks with our conference sponsors and exhibiting companies.
Daily - see agenda for times

Conference Schedule At-A-Glance

  • SaturdayApril 30, 2016
  • SundayMay 1, 2016
  • MondayMay 2, 2016
  • TuesdayMay 3, 2016
7:00 PM

Board of Directors Dinner

Private Function

9:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Move-In & Set-Up

9:00 AM

Registration Open

Starting at 9:00am, participants can check in and register. Registration is open until 6:00pm.

9:00 AM

Board of Directors' Meeting

The Board of Directors' Meeting is scheduled from 9:00am until 10:00am.

10:30 PM

Golf Outing

Carved into a lush Carolina forest, the Preserve at Verdae is scenic and challenging. Join sponsor Campbell & Paris on this championship golf course designed by Willard Byrd.

Golf Outing
4:30 PM

Emerging Airports Leaders Program Meeting

Crepe Myrtle Room

5:00 PM

Meet and Greet New Attendees

Join us for a time to meet the leadership of the SEC-AAAE with a pre-reception at the Hyatt.

6:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Join us for the Welcome Reception at the Hyatt.

7:00 AM

Corporate Liaison Committee Meeting

7:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Open

Exhibit hall open for all attendees

7:00 AM

Registration Open


7:30 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

Join us as we open the conference with breakfast in the exhibit hall.

8:30 AM

Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency

9:00 AM

Ryan Estis - Keynote Address

You'll want to be present for this year's keynote address. Focused on the theme: Leadership – The Bridge To the Future, speaker Ryan Estis will deliver actionable content designed to elevate your business performance. Ryan helps participants prepare to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive, hyper-connected business environment.

Ryan Estis
Keynote Speaker
10:00 AM

Break with Exhibitors

Join our exhibitors in the exhibit hall for a chance to discuss the latest services and innovations in airport management and development. Learn about each exhibitor and the contributions they are making to the industry.

10:30 AM

Session One - Old Dog New Tricks: The State of the Aviation Industry

Moderator – Dave Edwards - President & CEO, GSP Airport District

Dave Edwards, will lead this panel of experts in their field in an engaging and thought provoking discussion covering a variety of topics influencing today’s aviation industry.

Stephen D. Van Beek
Panelist: Stephen D. Van Beek
Vice President - ICF SH&E

William Swelbar
Panelist: William Swelbar
Executive Vice President - InterVISTAS Consulting LLC

Edward Shelswell-White
Panelist: Edward Shelswell-White
Principal - LexVolvo

David N. Edwards, Jr.
Panelist: David N. Edwards, Jr.
President/CEO - Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District

11:00 AM

Spouse/Guest Event

11:30 PM


Lunch at the Hyatt Regency

12:30 PM

SEC-AAAE Membership Meeting

SEC-AAAE Membership Meeting

1:00 PM

Session Two - How the Grey affects the Green at your Airport: An Economic Development Discussion

Moderator - Jerry Brienza - Airport Director, Tri-State Airport Authority, Huntington WV

Daniel Silverman
Topic One: Compatible Development…How to Recognize and Capitalize
Daniel Silverman
VP of Business Development - Research on Investment

Didi Caldwell
Topic Two: Best Practices - Making your Site Attractive to Aeronautical Companies & Developers
Didi Caldwell
Senior Principal - Global Location Strategies

2:00 PM

Break with Exhibitors

Join our exhibitors in the exhibit hall for a chance to discuss the latest services and innovations in airport management and development. Learn about each exhibitor and the contributions they are making to the industry.

2:30 PM

Session Three - Differences Matter - Customers and Colleagues in the 21st Century

Moderator: Anthony Barnes, Business Development & Membership Services Director – Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)

Topic One: Supplier Diversity – Why It Matters
Louise Connell, BMW Manufacturing

Topic Two: The Journey to Inclusion
Linda Valdez Thompson, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Topic Three: Different Passengers/Different Needs
Doug Strachan, Atlanta Airport

3:30 PM

Session Four - The Succession Pyramid: Real Examples of Protecting the Future Workforce

Moderator: Cyrus Callum, A.A.E., ACE, Assistant Director of Airport Operations – Landside Operations, Orlando International Airport

Pat Apone
Topic One: Taking Control of Your Future - Developing Yourself for the Next Step
Pat Apone, Horry County Government

Topic Two: Protecting the Future of Your Organization - Succession Planning for Your Airport
Jason Terreri, Horry County Government

Topic Three: Emerging Leaders - Ensuring Continuity in the Industry
Linda Frankl, ADK Executive Search
6:00 PM

President's Reception

Join us for the President's Reception

7:00 PM

President's Dinner

Join your colleagues for the President's Dinner with wine sponsored by McFarland Johnson

8:30 PM

Death by Chocolate

Death by Chocolate sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

7:30 AM

Exhibit Hall Open

Exhibit hall open for all attendees

7:30 AM

Registration Open


8:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

Join us for breakfast in the exhibit hall.

9:00 AM

Session Five - 360 Evaluations/Moral Leadership

Moderator: Peggy Garcia - Manager of Finance and Administration, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Mindy Price
Topic One: Using 360 assessments to increase self awareness and leadership development
Mindy Price
Chief PACE Setter - Direct Effect Solutions, Inc
Chris Browne

Chris Browne
Dulles International Airport
10:00 AM

Break with Exhibitors

Join our exhibitors in the exhibit hall for a chance to discuss the latest services and innovations in airport management and development. Learn about each exhibitor and the contributions they are making to the industry.

10:30 AM

Session Six - Managing Millennials? Give Up! Lead Instead

Moderator: Jana Kuner, Public Relations Manager, Port of Huntsville

Anthony Barnes
Topic One: Project Lift – A mentoring program that targets students – millennials interested in fields related to aviation and aviation related businesses. Learn how Project Lift exposes this group to potential careers, educational paths to success and provide networking opportunities with professional mentors.
Anthony Barnes, Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)

Kevin Thompson
Topic Two: I am a Millennial…The Glass is Half Full– I'm a millennial but does that mean I’m not a good employee? I’ll tell you what I really want in the workplace and debunk some rumors about millennial loyalty, work ethics and more!
Kevin Thompson - Operations Specialist, Port of Huntsville
11:30 AM

Lunch & Awards

Join us for a lunchtime awards presentation and presentation by Cam Marston. Cam Marston is the leading expert on the impact of generational characteristics and differences on the workplace and the marketplace. As an author, columnist, blogger, and lecturer, he imparts a clear understanding of how generational demographics are changing the landscape of business.

Cam Marston
Luncheon Speaker
1:30 PM

Host Event - The BMW Driving Experience

Hosted by GSP Airport
The BMW Performance Center
6:00 PM

Networking Social

Join your fellow professionals on the 17th floor of The Commerce Club for an evening of networking.

Networking Social Event
The Commerce Club

Meet Our Host

At GSP, we begin each day fully committed to finding new ways to achieve our mission to provide the citizens of Upstate South Carolina with the safest, most efficient and user-friendly airport in the world.

Welcome to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

Convenient Location. Easy Parking. Low Fares. Direct Flights.

Over fifty years ago, the seeds were planted for what is known today as Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport – Roger Milliken Field. Since that first flight which took place in 1962, GSP has earned a reputation of safety and has grown into one of the finest airports in the country.


Join other airport executives from around the Southeast at this year's conference. Register now for the 2016 SEC-AAAE 2016 Conference in Greenville, SC!