eNewsletter - May 2016
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In This Issue:

  • Core Services: SBA is highlighting our Extension of Staff Services, including facilitating interim executive management positions during times of transition, as well as other staff support services. 
  • Client Updates: We conducted the project kick-off meeting for our newest client, Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, NC; and we filed the application with the FAA for the transfer of the governance of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Conference Updates: We look forward to the ACI-NA Annual Conference in Montreal in September. 
  • Additional Updates: SBA is sponsoring Associate Spencer Gillette in a professional development program; and we send our congratulations to our friend Ann Cook in her new position as manager of Martha's Vineyard Airport. 

We're Hiring:

  • Since its inception in 2011, Steven Baldwin Associates has experienced strong growth every year, and we anticipate continued accelerated growth for the coming years as well. Consequently, we are looking for Senior Level experienced staff on a part-time basis to assist with filling periodic assignments. If you have senior level experience in the aviation industry, particularly management consulting, for 10 years or more, please send your resume and cover letter to We look forward to hearing from you.  

SBA Core Services: Extension of Staff Services

"Extension of Staff Services, Including Facilitating Interim Executive Management Positions"

Effective airport management consulting involves blending policy, management, and technical expertise as well as assisting clients with urgent needs during times of change. As part of our client support services, SBA provides interim airport management services (especially during executive transitions) as well as support of day-to-day staff services.

Interim Executive Management Services

When top management positions are in transition, it can take several months to solicit, vet, and hire a new executive. SBA specializes in helping airports through these important transition times, by providing interim management services at all levels of the organization, but especially at the top executive level.

Our team has worked with more than 100 airports in North America, from large commercial hubs to small general aviation enterprises. Collectively, we have more than 150 years of industry expertise ready to support your airport during periods of personnel transition or overload.

Our principals and senior staff have many decades of direct airport management experience, including responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Albany International Airport in NY; Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY; Republic Airport on Long Island, NY; Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY; Atlantic City International Airport in NJ; and Teterboro Airport in NJ, among several others. 

When your senior management positions are in transition, we are the professionals to call. With our seasoned airport management consultants, we have the ability to provide ready services at all levels on an interim basis. 

Special Support of Staff Services

In addition to providing top executive and middle management interim staff services, SBA also provides a wide variety of staff support services throughout an organization, including:

  • Personnel and Human Resources Services (including soliciting, hiring, and vetting candidates, as well as performing salary comparisons and analyzing job duty descriptions). 
  • Passenger Screening Services (including passenger flow analysis and helping airports move to private vendors for security screenings).
  • Other Consulting Services As Needed (including a range of airport management consulting services including revenue optimization, governance transfers, FBO solicitation, RFP development, conducting Board retreats and overseeing strategic plans, analyzing economic development opportunities, and applying for Federal, state and local grants, among many other aviation and business specialties). 

Steven Baldwin Associates has the experience and the expertise to successfully guide and support your airport during staff transitions as well as when your team needs additional support.
Call us today at 518-478-6321 or email us at to see how we can be of support for your management needs—interim or long-term.

Client Updates

  • Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) Asheville, NC. We conducted a kick-off meeting with our newest client, Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, North Carolina, where we are assisting with governance issues, specifically, the transfer of the Airport's Part 139 Operating Certificate from the City to an Airport Authority. We are delighted to add the Asheville project to our growing list of governance transfer clients. SBA has one of the busiest dockets of governance transfer and FAA approval of any consulting firm in the nation. For more info on Asheville, visit their website at
  • Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) Grand Rapids, MI. In March, we filed GRR's completed application with the FAA for the transfer of its Part 139 Operating Certificate from the County to the newly-constituted regional Airport Authority, a process which SBA mapped and guided throughout the months leading up to the filing. The FAA is expected to approve the application, with the date of official Authority operation beginning on July 1, 2016.
  • After formal FAA approval of the transfer, SBA will assist GRR during the next year with the transition in operations, and will also continue to provide the Airport with an array of staff services, including supporting Human Resources regarding the transfer of employees from County employment to Authority employment.
  • We are also assisting with a revision of the Airport's master plan, a project that will be taking shape over the coming months. For more information on GRR, visit their website at

Conference Updates

Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA)
Annual Conference

September 25 - 28, 2016 in Montreal

After the success of the CEO Forum conference sponsored by the ACI-NA, held from Feb. 3 - 5 at Orlando, FL, we are now preparing for the ACI-NA's Annual Conference and World Annual General Assembly later this year in Montreal. We look forward, as we do every year, to connecting and networking with industry leaders, top level decision makers, and other aviation professionals and airport managers from around the globe. For more info on the conference, visit the ACI-NA's website at

Additional Updates

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. SBA is delighted to sponsor Associate Spencer Gillette as the SBA representative in the Airport Cooperative Research Program's (ACRP) newest initiative, the Champion professional development program. ACRP’s Champion program helps early- to mid-career young professionals advance their careers in the aviation industry and develop industry knowledge that will serve as a resource for their sponsoring organization. Additional details about the program can be found on the ACRP Champion website. As Spencer notes, he is excited to join the Champion program in order to become more engaged in the aviation community, learn new and innovative best practices in aviation, and to support SBA by sharing the latest
    information with team members and clients. We are delighted to sponsor Spencer and look forward to his participation in the program.
  • About ACRP: ACRP is an industry-driven, applied research program that develops near-term, practical solutions to problems faced by airport operators. Young professionals in ACRP’s Champion program will gain first-hand knowledge of and access to ACRP research, engagement opportunities, and a broad network of airport industry professionals.
  • NEW POSITION FOR OUR COLLEAGUE. Congratulations are in order for our friend and colleague Ann Cook, who was recently named the new manager of the Martha's Vineyard Airport. Ann has more than 25 years of experience managing airports,and specializes in turning around and growing small regional airports. We wish her well in her new position, and welcome her to the East Coast as she makes the transition from Oregon to Massachusetts.
We'd love to hear from you. 

For our thoughts and industry insights on aviation issues, as well as updates on our activities, be sure to check out our pages on LinkedIn and Facebook. Also, we invite you to leave us a message on our social media about any industry issues that are of concern and interest to you.

And, remember, to find out about the latest activities at SBA, be sure to visit the "News" page of our website. 
About Steven Baldwin Associates
Steven Baldwin Associates focuses solely on airport management consulting for airport operators, owners, and policy makers. As a leader in developing best practices in contemporary airport management, the professionals at SBA have decades of hands-on experience running airports and consulting for them. For more information, contact us at (518) 478-6321 or, or visit our website at
As always, thank you for your business and your trust in us.
If we can be of any additional assistance to your airport, don't hesitate to contact us. 
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