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Session 2 - Well No One Asked Me: An Airport's Approach to Promote Community Buy-In
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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 started his career in aviation in 1995 after a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and interning in A320 maintenance.  He then obtained is MS in Airport Planning and Management from Loughborough University in the UK in 1996 and started at Manchester International Airport (MAN) in Airfield operations.   After Manchester he went into consulting, planning airports, preparing strategic plans, business plans, air service development plans and airline network planning campaigns for airports worldwide. He then took up a role at Bahrain International Airport heading the air service development, marketing, public relations departments while also assuming a role of advisor for planning and corporate strategy.   Coming to the US, he worked as a freelance consultant on projects in Europe and South America.  His last project was in Brazil conducting an assessment of airport assets and capabilities.     

 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 Developmen 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.

Prior to his role with the Aviation department, Chris was the Executive Management Assistant to one of San Antonio’s Deputy City Managers. In this position, Chris managed the workflow of six City departments, prepared items for City Council consideration, and coordinated multiple City Council subcommittees. Major projects on which Chris contributed are the 2016 Annexation Program and the $850 million 2017-2022 Bond Program which was approved by voters with great support.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from McMurry University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Chris is an active member of the Student Leadership Institute advisory committee with the Alamo Colleges District, which connects students to leadership training and pathways toward professional development. 




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