TELL US ONE THING
ABOUT YOURSELF THAT
IS LITTLE KNOWN AMONG
I’ve got a bit of a crush on Sir
Richard Branson. I had only worked
at McCarran for a few years when
Virgin Atlantic Airways launched
its Las Vegas service, so I was a
bit star struck when he arrived —
dressed as Elvis, I might add — on
that first flight from London nearly
17 years ago.
We’ve since interacted on
several occasions as his businesses
expanded here, but I find his
personal story to be so fascinating
that I still get a bit excited whenever
IF YOU WEREN’T IN AVIATION,
WHAT PROFESSION WOULD
MOST ATTRACT YOU?
A year ago I probably would have
answered that I’d like to become
a wedding planner, but that was
before my daughter got engaged to
be married later this year. I’ve since
learned that event planning is a
lot more trying than I previously
imagined it would be.
That’s actually a really difficult
question to answer. To me, nothing
else is appealing once you’ve
worked in the aviation industry.
However, when I was in college I
was very intrigued by international
finance. A growing global economy
creates challenges and opportunities
that I find fascinating.
WHAT IS YOUR MANAGEMENT
I’m very team oriented. I like to
work in a collaborative manner, but
I also understand the need to be
strong and make top-level decisions
on behalf of the organization.
I’ve assembled a group of talented
people and given them their areas of
oversight, but I like to get everyone
together regularly to ensure we’re
all on the same page. That way we
all understand what’s happening in
different areas of the operation.
McCarran alone is an extremely
complex airport, but we also have
four smaller, general aviation
airports within our system that
must work in tandem. We have
countless business partners,
federal and local agencies, airlines
and concessionaires working
within our environment every
day, not to mention 80 percent of
our passengers are visitors to Las
Vegas. It takes a lot of expertise
to make things operate smoothly
I’m very team oriented. I like to work in a collaborative manner,
but I also understand the need to be strong and make top-level
decisions on behalf of the organization.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE
YOU EVER RECEIVED
THAT HELPS YOU IN YOUR
“Play the players, not the cards.”
It’s advice that stems from poker.
Please forgive the pun but my real
world application of that guidance
is that everything we do begins
and ends with the people with
whom we interact. You’ve got to
understand people’s positions, their
interests, their challenges and their
motivations if you really want to
move things forward, regardless of
the topic or issue.