York AAAE Chapter Hosts Aviation Executives

The student chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) at York College recently held its 2nd AAAE York College/CUNY Chapter Speaker Series, entitled, “Having an Appropriate Attitude in the Professional Environment.”

The panelists for this event were Janice Holden, Chief Commercial Officer – JFK International Air Terminal; Jeff Pearse, Deputy Director for the Aviation Department – Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Darren Large, Manager for Facilities and Projects – Morristown Airport and Brice Fukumoto, Manager for Special Projects-New York – American Airlines. The purpose of the event was to create more awareness among York College Aviation Management students about cultivating professionalism and how an appropriate attitude can lead an individual to where he or she would like to be in their career.

Jose Cuevas, founding and current president of the chapter, explained the importance of having admired professionals in the industry speak to York’s Aviation Management majors.

“By having these professionals here today, we are getting this chapter to another level,” said Cuevas. “We started as a small student organization at York College, and now we are on the road to being one of the most successful student organizations on campus, as well as the one which emphasizes professionalism to its maximum level.”

Also, in attendance at the event were other professionals from JFK International Air Terminal, American Airlines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey attended the event as well.

The chapter has held various events since it was established in March 2010. Some of those events have included the launching event of AAAE’s York College/CUNY Chapter Speaker Series – “Human Factors Workshop;” “Morristown Airport and the Small Airports Field;” “LaGuardia Airport Terminal D Tour,” “52nd AAAE/Northeast Chapter Conference -- Burlington, Vermont;” “Kiwanis Kids Day at LaGuardia Airport,” “NextGen Networking Night;” “JFK International Air Terminal Tour.”

Moreover, the chapter members have visited various high schools to motivate students to pursue a career in aviation; and last semester, the chapter partnered with the National Alliance to Advance NextGen.

Some of the chapter members visited neighborhoods in the New York City area creating awareness about NextGen (Next Generation Air Transportation Systems) and also motivating businesses to join the National Alliance to Advance NextGen.

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