Conference Agenda

All Conference Sessions Located in the Peabody Grand Ballroom unless otherwise noted

Saturday, April 9 

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Board of Directors Dinner
(Private Function)

  • Sponsored by Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

Sunday, April 10

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Registration Open

  • Peabody Grand Ballroom Foyer East

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM
Corporate Liaison Committee Meeting

  • Open to all SEC-AAAE Corporate Committee members
  • Peabody Grand Ballroom

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting

  • Open to all SEC-AAAE members
  • Peabody Grand Ballroom  

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
AAE Exams

  • Lansdowne Room, Peabody
  • Galaxie Room, Peabody

11:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Golf Outing at North Creek Golf Club
Hit the links with friends before the official start of the conference. This is a great opportunity to make new connections and have some fun in a stress-free environment. Buses will pick you up at the hotel, take you to the golf course, and deliver you back in time for the welcome reception. Lunch will be provided and prizes given. Don’t miss out on your chance. Space is limited.

  • Sponsored by Schneider Electric
  • Shuttles depart Hotel at 11:30 AM

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Move-In and Set Up

  • Peabody Grand Ballroom

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
AAE Accreditation / Certification Session: Invest in Yourself

  • Speaker: Amy Calliari, AAAE
  • Barclay Room, Peabody

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Welcome Reception
Join everyone for the official conference kickoff. Say hello to old friends and make some new ones too. This is the event to connect, network with industry partners, and start your conference off on the right foot.

  • Sponsored by Allen & Hoshall
  • Peabody Grand Ballroom

7:30 PM – 12:00 AM
Dinner on your own
Memphis is a foodie town. We have some much more than our world class barbeque to offer. Check the conference website for a listing of staff recommendations for great places to dine in Memphis. Many of the options are within walking distance of The Peabody.

Monday, April 11

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration Open

  • Peabody Grand Ballroom Foyer East

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast with Exhibitors

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Spouse/Guest Event Part 1 – National Civil Rights Museum
While Memphis is well-known for its entertainment scene, an even more important aspect of Memphis history is its role in the civil rights movement. Our spouse/guest event will give attendees the opportunity to tour the National Civil Rights Museum. Established in 1991, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, dynamic speakers and special events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change.

To accommodate public demand for further educational opportunities, the museum underwent a $27.5 million renovation in 2013 and 2014, adding more than 40 new films, oral histories and interactive media to the already robust galleries. The result is a one-of-a-kind experience that has been featured on the History Channel and CNN, in USA Today and as the focus for the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
2022 SEC-AAAE Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Presentation of Colors & National Anthem
    National Anthem: Ally Marona
    Colors: Tennessee Air National Guard 164th Airlift Wing
  • Speakers: Terry Blue A.A.E., Memphis International Airport
    Mike Keeney, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
    Scott Van Moppes, Myrtle Beach International Airport, SEC-AAAE President

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM
Update from AAAE Headquarters

9:50 AM – 10:30 AM
General Session 1: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – Implementation
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, was signed into law on November 15, 2021. The IIJA includes significant funding opportunities for airports. Learn how some airports are positioning themselves to compete for funds and implement projects considering the relatively short window for IIJA funding and the competitive nature of the program.

  • Moderator: Peter Hughes, RS&H
  • Speakers:
    • Carter Morris, AAAE
    • Ally Fields, CMT
    • Jay Fraser, Turner

10:30 AM – 10:50 AM
Break with Exhibitors

10:50 AM – 11:45 AM
General Session 2: Alternative Project Delivery Methods – Case Studies from the Southeast Region
Taking a project from a concept to completion requires a path forward. There are multiple paths an owner can take to deliver the project. Often there is not one right answer, however circumstances can favor alternative methods and present opportunities. Hear about case studies where creativity and partnership lead to successful project delivery.

  • Moderator: Eric Peterson, Alliiance
  • Speakers:
    Jack Christine, A.A.E., Charlotte Douglas International Airport
    Megan Atkins Thoben, A.A.E., Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport
    James Hay, C.M., Memphis International Airport
    Kyle Henry, EXP
    Don Summers, JE Dunn

12:00PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch &
SEC-AAAE Membership Meeting

  • Speaker:
    Scott Van Moppes, A.A.E., SEC-AAAE President
    Myrtle Beach International Airport

    Keynote Speaker:
    Richard W. Smith
    President & CEO-elect
    FedEx Express

  • Sponsored by the Myrtle Beach International Airport
  • Continental Ballroom

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Spouse/Guest Event Lunch

  • The Peabody Memphis Capriccio Grill

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Spouse/Guest Event Part 2 – National Ornamental Metal Museum
As the only institution of its kind in North America, and one of only a few in the world devoted exclusively to metalwork, the Metal Museum leads the way in the celebration, recognition, and promotion of the field of fine metalwork. The Metal Museum is located on a 3.2 acre site overlooking the Mississippi River, just south of downtown Memphis. The property, which includes three historic buildings, was formerly part of a public health service hospital. The museum opened its doors to the public in 1979. The campus now includes galleries, a blacksmith shop, the Lawler Foundry, the repairs and restoration lab, a library, sculpture gardens and a gazebo all overlooking the Mississippi River.

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
General Session 3: Shifting Network Capacity Post-COVID
The pandemic has significantly impacted the airline industry. Passenger demand has shifted and the network and low-cost carriers have adapted accordingly. Additional market forces have included the entrance of new airlines, the pilot shortage, and wage inflation. What does the future hold for the industry in the post-COVID era?

  • Moderator: Chip Gentry, Memphis International Airport
  • Speakers: Rachel Schulman, CMT
    Mike Mooney, Volaire
    Jeremiah Gerald, ASM Americas
    Charles Moore, American Airlines

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Break with Exhibitors

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
General Session 4: Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Unmanned aircraft systems are poised to change the industry. Hear from the FAA’s Executive Director for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration about the FAA’s vision and status for integrating this new technology in the National Airspace System. Other session topics will include the Memphis UAS Integration Pilot Program and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Vertiport design efforts.

  • Moderator: Shaun Kelly, Newport News Williamsburg Airport
  • Speakers: Jay Merkle, FAA AUS
    Terry Jones, FedEx Express
    Maranda Thompson, Mead & Hunt

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
General Session 5: The Legend(s) of the Duck
The SEC-AAAE was created in 1983 during an annual conference of the Southeastern Airport Managers Association at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis. This session will remember that fateful event at the very location it happened which has since led to 39 years of the SEC-AAAE. Hear from some of the founders about the early days of the chapter. This is a unique, can’t-miss session that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

  • Moderator: Terry Blue, A.A.E., Memphis International Airport
  • Speakers: Spencer Dickerson, AAAE (retired)
    Kelly Johnson, A.A.E., Northwest Arkansas National Airport
    Bob Brammer, SEC-AAAE Executive Secretary
    Mike Armour, SEC-AAAE Executive Emeritus
    Joe Leahy, SEC-AAAE Executive Emeritus

4:45 PM – 5:10 PM
March of The Peabody Ducks

  • Peabody Atrium Lobby

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
President’s Reception

  • Sponsored by Alliiance and Urban Arch
  • Peabody Rooftop
  • In case of rain, reception will take place in the Exhibit Hall

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
President’s Dinner
The SEC-AAAE President’s Dinner is not just another conference banquet. This is the event you have heard about! Come see the passing of the gavel from President Scott Van Moppes (MYR) to Incoming President Perry Miller (RIC) in the unique SEC-AAAE way. Come see why the SEC-AAAE is known as the “Work Hard, Play Hard Chapter” as well as “The Love Chapter.”

  • Sponsored by Allen & Hoshall, CMT, Garver, RS&H, Schneider Electric
  • Peabody Skyway

Tuesday, April 12

7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Registration Open

  • Peabody Grand Ballroom Foyer East

7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast with Exhibitors

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
General Session 6: Changes in Technology That May Be Game Changers
Recent technology is poised to impact that way passengers and other users process through airport terminals in the near future. Hear about the impending wave of electric vehicles, terminal energy saving technologies, and other advancements that are coming to airport terminals soon.

  • Sponsored by View
  • Moderator: Terry Blue, A.A.E., Memphis International Airport
  • Speakers: Chris Anderson, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
    Kristi Crase, View
    Isaiah Cox, WheelTug
    Shannon Fain, WHILL

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Break with Exhibitors

10:45 AM – 11:35 AM
General Session 7: Aviation Cyber Threats – Real World Solutions to Protect your Airport
The cyber threat on airports and private sector companies alike has never been stronger. 2021 saw commonplace threats quickly evolve into multi-stage attacks. Is your organization safe? Learn about the real-life cost to an organization resulting from a breach. Hear from industry experts on how to prepare for the cyber-attacks of today, tomorrow, and beyond.

  • Moderator: Jarrett Morgan, Memphis International Airport
  • Speaker: James Turgal, Optiv

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch & Awards Presentation

  • Continental and Louis XVI, Peabody

2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Move-Out & Breakdown

  • Peabody Grand Ballroom

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Networking Event: Graceland Tour
Network with conference goers while visiting the home of The King. Explore the personal side of Elvis Presley with an interactive tour of the world-famous Graceland Mansion. You will have the opportunity to walk in Elvis’ footsteps like never before. A Memphis must-do! Space is limited.

  • Shuttles depart Hotel at 1:00PM
  • Event: Graceland

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Networking Event: Sporting Clays Shoot
Spend time networking with your new industry friends while “taking your shot” at sporting clays. Participants will be transported to a sporting club where they will participate in what some call “golf with a shotgun”. Blast some holes in the sky before relaxing with some hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Participants can bring their own shotgun if they wish. Space is limited.

4:45 PM – 5:10 PM
March of The Peabody Ducks

  • Peabody Atrium Lobby

6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Host Event & Live Music


Wednesday, April 13

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Memphis International Airport Tour
You’re already in Memphis, why not take the opportunity to take a bus tour of Memphis International Airport? Get a visual tour of the FedEx World Hub to see the $1.5B in investments they are making to modernize the global economic engine; see MEM’s $300M Consolidated Deicing Facility built large enough to support twelve B-777’s; MEM’s new $245M modernized concourse; and MEM’s new Mission Support Center. Buses will pickup at the Hotel and drop at curbside at MEM departures level. Space is limited so sign up early.

  • Shuttles depart Hotel at 9:00 AM and drop at Memphis International Airport by 12:00 PM

Conference Adjourns