Industry experts such as airport and concessionaire executives, chefs, consultants and a variety of others will be featured at the ARN 2015 Revenue Conference & Exhibition. Below is a brief background of each of this year’s speakers and moderators.
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The Modern Mixologist
Tucson Airport Authority
founder, The Modern Mixologist
Tony Abou-Ganim is a bar professional and the founder of The Modern Mixologist website; he also operates his own beverage consulting firm, specializing in bar staff training, product education and cocktail development. Abou-Ganim has written several books on mixology and has made myriad television appearances, as well as developed cocktail programs for several restaurants and bars.
president and CEO, Tucson Airport Authority
Bonnie A. Allin is president and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority. She began her aviation career with the TAA, where she stayed for 12 years; she then moved to Corpus Christi International (CRP) for 12 years before returning to Tucson. Allin earned a bachelor's degree in finance.
Siobhan Barry is a partner at Icrave, where she acts as lead designer and is responsible for managing the firm’s airport work from concept to implementation. She worked with McKay Architecture and Design before starting Icrave with her partner in 2002. Barry earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo.
senior manager, ICF International
Drake Beaton is senior manager at ICF International, where as a commercial consultant he plans commercial activity for airports around the world. Before joining ICF, he worked for San Diego International (SAN). Beaton earned an associate degree from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology and a master's degree from Colorado Technical Institute.
consultant, Spencer Stuart
Michael Bell is a consultant in Spencer Stuart's Miami office and co-leads the firm's global aviation, aerospace and defense practice. Before arriving at Spencer Stuart, he was with McKinsey and Co. and at the University of Toronto. He earned bachelor of industrial engineering and a master's degrees from the University of Toronto.
senior vice president, client experience, Buxton Co.
Chris Briggs is the senior vice president of client experience at Buxton Co.. He focuses on ensuring the company maintains premium client service through effective sales operations while he leads the account support and project management teams. Briggs earned his bachelor's degree in geography from the University of North Texas and continued executive education at Southern Methodist University.
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Airports Council International-North America
WSL Strategic Retail
president and CEO, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, is responsible to the board of directors for the overall goals of Memphis International (MEM) and general aviation airports. Before arriving at MEM, he held management positions at various airports; prior to the airport industry, he worked in accounting. Brockman earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Florida Southern College.
president and CEO, Airports Council International-North America
Kevin M. Burke is the president and CEO of Airports Council International-North America. He served for 13 years as president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association prior to arriving at ACI-NA. Burke earned a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Brockport and a master's degree in public administration from American University.
president, WSL Strategic Retail
Candace Corlett is president of WSL Strategic Retail, a retail strategy firm that helps manufacturers and retailers bring more shoppers to stores to buy brands. She has held management positions in brand marketing and market research at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Revlon and DEL Laboratories. Corlett earned a degree in science from St. John's University and a master's degree from The New School University.
Dunkin' Brands Inc.
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District
president, global marketing and innovation, Dunkin' Brands Inc.
John Costello is president of global marketing and innovation at Dunkin' Brands Inc. and the global chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association. At Dunkin', he is responsible for the company's advertising, marketing, consumer engagement, and consumer and business intelligence. He previously held executive management positions at The Home Depot, Sears, Yahoo! and Nielsen Marketing Research U.S.
real estate manager, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
James DeCock, real estate manager at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, is responsible for the operational overview of the retail and food and beverage concessions, common lounge, shared tenant services, and the central receiving and distribution center. He spent more than 12 years at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International (CVG) before landing at SAN.
president and CEO, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District
David N. Edwards Jr. is the president and CEO of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District, where he is responsible for the overall administration and development of Greenville-Spartanburg International (GSP). He was airport director of the Asheville Regional Airport Authority before arriving at GSP. Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Wall Street Journal
principal, AirProjects Inc.
Ann F. Ferraguto is principal at AirProjects Inc., where her work includes research, demand analyses, planning and design, solicitation and lease writing, proposal evaluations, lease negotiations, and concession program management. Before she founded the practice, she led the Concession and Commercial Consulting Practice at LeighFisher. Ferraguto earned bachelor's and master's degrees in economics and finance.
director of talent culture and capability, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Kurt Gering is the director of talent culture and capability for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, responsible for providing talent services and support that facilitate better business decisions, enhance organizational capabilities and create a culture of success. Gering earned master's degrees from the University of San Diego and the University of Minnesota.
contributing editor, architecture and design, Wall Street Journal
Alastair Gordon is contributing editor for architecture and design at WSJ, the Wall Street Journal magazine; he also independently publishes the Wall-to-Wall blog. His other jobs have included author, critic, curator, filmmaker and lecturer.
Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International
Wayne County Airport Authority
partner, McMillanDoolittle LLP
Dwight Hill, a partner at McMillanDoolittle LLP, works with retailers on issues related to customer experience, stores, merchandising, and omni-channel strategy and process development. Before his current role, he had his own consultancy firm called The Retail Advisory. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Oklahoma and his master’s degree is from Southern Methodist University.
manager of concessions, Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International
Dave Kellerman is senior manager of concessions at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International (CVG), responsible for all in-terminal and concourse revenue-generation including news and gift, food and beverage, specialty retail and advertising. He worked as a regional director in the convenience industry before joining the airport. Kellerman earned a bachelor's degree in operations management from Northern Kentucky University.
vice president of human resources, Wayne County Airport Authority
Gale LaRoche is vice president of human resources at Wayne County Airport Authority, leading a team that provides human resources, labor relations and administration service. She worked in human resources for automotive suppliers before joining the WCAA. LaRoche earned a bachelor's degree in human resources, a master's degree with a concentration in human resources and a juris doctorate.
Los Angeles World Airports
Cini-Little International Inc.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
executive director, Los Angeles World Airports
Gina-Marie Lindsey is the executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, overseeing Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY). Before joining LAWA, she was executive vice president of McBee Strategic Consulting LLC; prior to that post, she was managing director of Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA).
principal, Cini-Little International Inc.
James H. Little is a principal of Cini-Little International Inc. His areas of expertise include market and financial analyses, master planning, concept development and programming. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto.
interim concessions director, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Kyle Mastin is the interim concessions director at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), overseeing the operation of the airport concessions program. Before his current role, he was concession facility manager and concessions manager at ATL. Mastin earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master's degree from Trinity University.
Bryan Cave LLC
Animer Consulting LLC
senior vice president, concessions, Denver International
Neil Maxfield, senior vice president of concessions at Denver International (DEN), manages the group responsible for growing non-airline revenues from food and beverage, retail, services and advertising concessions. He worked for Continental Airlines before arriving at DEN. Maxfield earned a bachelor's degree in aviation management from Daniel Webster College and a master's degree in international finance from Webster University.
managing partner, Chicago office, Bryan Cave LLC
Joseph McCoy is managing partner of the Chicago office of Bryan Cave LLC, as well as co-chairman of the firm's Airport Concession Practice. He represents airport concession operators in their business dealings and documents commercial and real estate financings on behalf of banks. McCoy earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Chicago and a juris doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law.
chief animateur, Animer Consulting LLC
Linda Moore is chief animateur at Animer Consulting LLC, where she leads a managing consulting firm specializing in helping individuals and teams achieve personal and professional goals. Before becoming a consultant, she was vice president of government affairs for HMSHost Corp. Moore earned a master's degree in urban affairs and policy analysis.
Pastorelle Marketing Group
executive vice president, business development, SSP America
Pat Murray is executive vice president of business development at SSP America, charged with developing and growing the company's portfolio across North America. He was director of concept development at HMSHost Corp. before joining SSP and began his career at Al Copeland Investments. Murray earned a bachelor's degree in government/U.S. foreign policy from Cornell University.
owner and operator, Pastorelle Marketing Group
Tonja Pastorelle is the owner and operator of Pastorelle Marketing Group, where she advises foodservice, retail and service clients in airport business development and prepares request for proposals response packages. Before starting her consulting firm, she worked with a food and beverage operator in airports. She earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and business from DePaul University.
National Association of State Aviation Officials
Wolfgang Puck Cos.
president and lead consultant, JProject Solutions
Jenna Paulson is president and lead consultant at JProject Solutions. In her current role, she prepares custom, competitive proposal development responses. She founded the company after an opportunity to collaborate on the production of a request for proposals response for an airport bid process. Paulson earned a bachelor's degree in English.
president and CEO, National Association of State Aviation Officials
Greg Principato is president and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials, responsible for the overall direction of the organization representing people in the 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam who work in state government aviation departments and programs. Principato earned a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in international relations from the University of Chicago.
chef, businessman, television personality and author
Wolfgang Puck is a chef, businessman, television personality and author. He arrived in the United States from France when he was 24 and opened the first of several restaurants. He since has created three companies: Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Wolfgang Puck Catering and Wolfgang Puck World Wide Inc.
Starbucks Coffee Co.
Vancouver Airport Authority
president, Silvy Group
Bob Silvas is president of the Silvy Group, where he is a consultant. He spent more than 22 years at San Diego International (SAN) before his current position, and he spent 10 years as a commercial real estate broker before getting into the airport industry. Silvas is a graduate of Humboldt State University.
vice president of store design for the Americas, Starbucks Coffee Co.
Bill Sleeth is vice president of store design for the Americas for Starbucks Coffee Co., where he oversees the America's design organization. His other work includes founding Vizwerks; design, construction and marketing for Potbelly Sandwich Works; and designing at Olson Sundberg Architects. Sleeth earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon.
director of commercial services, the Vancouver Airport Authority
Susan Stiene is director of commercial services at the Vancouver Airport Authority, responsible for negotiating long-term airport terminal business initiatives with government agencies and the development and operation of the retail business at Vancouver International (YVR). Stiene earned a diploma in business administration from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Mission Yogurt Inc.
Talbot Consultants International Inc.
president, Mission Yogurt Inc.
Rod Tafoya is president of Mission Yogurt Inc., where he oversees all facets of the company including concept creation, operations, and employee and guest relations. He was in a marketing position at IBM before getting involved in the restaurant industry. Tafoya earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
president and CEO, Talbot Consultants International Inc.
Richard Talbot, president and CEO of Talbot Consultants International Inc., is responsible for all aspects of the firm's operations and acts as the lead consultant or senior advisor on all consulting assignments. He founded the company in 1970 and has more than 40 years of retail planning and consulting experience.
vice president of business development, Paradies
Renee Tedesco is vice president of business development at Paradies, where she is responsible for business development efforts for retail and food and beverage at more than 20 airports. Prior to Paradies, she was with HMSHost Corp. and Alamo and National Car Rental. Tedesco earned an accounting degree from the University of Houston.
Kansas City Aviation Department
Exstare Federal Services Group LLC
director of aviation, Kansas City Aviation Department
Mark VanLoh is the director of aviation at the Kansas City Aviation Department. He is responsible for Kansas City International (MCI) and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown (MKC). Before MCI, he held airport jobs in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Missouri. VanLoh earned a bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University.
senior vice president and leader, retail planning and management practice, Unison Consulting
Andrew Weddig is senior vice president and leader of the retail planning and management practice of Unison Consulting, where he has led retail planning, implementation and management projects for more than 20 airports. He was in commercial real estate before entering the airport industry. Weddig has a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree, both from Northwestern University.
managing member, Exstare Federal Services Group LLC
Nancy West, managing member of Exstare Federal Services Group LLC, assists clients with development and implementation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise programs. She was at Xenophon Strategies Inc. and Thelen Reid & Priest before starting the firm. West attended New Castle Business College and Marymount University.
Seattle-Tacoma International, Port of Seattle
business leader for airport dining and retail, Seattle-Tacoma International/Port of Seattle
Deanna Zachrisson is business leader for airport dining and retail at Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA)/Port of Seattle. In her role, she leads a team managing and developing the airport program. Before her current job, she held various positions in marketing and communications. Zachrisson earned a master's degree in media and communications from the University of Goteborg, Sweden.