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Session 2 - Well No One Asked Me: An Airport's Approach
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Well No One Asked Me: An Airport's Approach to Promote Community Buy-In

We've all been involved in making decisions as a group, right? Typically, it's a quick process to identify a majority, persuade the opposition, and move forward with consensus. Now imagine you're talking about making potential "life-altering" decisions on the financial future of an entire region of your state. The San Antonio Airport System is in such a position, but may have found the balance to ensure all voices are heard, acknowledged, and appreciated as we lay out a plan for the next 20 and 50 years.

 THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM



Syed Mehdi is the Chief Strategy & Development Officer with the Aviation Department of the City of San Antonio. The department manages San Antonio International and Stinson Municipal Airports. Syed is charged with the implementation and managing the corporate and development strategy. Syed is currently leading San Antonio International Airport’s strategic development plan. Syed has over 23 years of experience working for airports worldwide as a consultant and in management roles specializing in strategic planning and air service development. Syed has Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Airport Planning and Management from Loughborough University in the UK.

 Chris Anderson is the Business Process Manager for the Aviation department with the City of San Antonio. In this role, he administers process improvement efforts within the department and is a member of the Strategic Development Plan team. The Strategic Development Plan is a data-driven study aimed at determining the suitability of the current airport footprint for growth and expansion in the next 50 years. In addition to these tasks, Chris coordinates logistics for the 22-member Airport System Development committee, created by the Mayor.



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