The Airport Experience News Podcast
Ep. 60 - Adam Torine, Villa Restaurant Group

Ep. 60 - Adam Torine, Villa Restaurant Group

September 19, 2019

...and the multiple shifts of a brand in an ever evolving industry.

Villa Restaurant Group has grown in its more than five decades of existence, beginning with Villa Pizza to Villa Italian Kitchen and then to a portfolio of quick and full service brands operated in a variety of environments. After years of seeing its brands expand into airports, VRG has now taken the next step and become a restaurant operator in airports.

Ep. 59 - Deven Judd, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Ep. 59 - Deven Judd, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

September 12, 2019

Deven Judd's career has steadily risen, beginning in Jacksonville International Airport before heading to aviation consulting firm Jacobsen|Daniels. Several years later he joined Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which began nearly five years of learning under the tutelage of the world's busiest airport. He is currently the director of concessions development for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, overseeing both Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles. Although he considered a couple careers in his early years, it wasn't long before he settled on what has been his true calling.

This episode is sponsored by Crews. Innovative. Strategic. Entrepreneurial. Hospitality-focused. Learn more at crews1972.com.

Ep. 58 - Lew Bleiweis, Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority

Ep. 58 - Lew Bleiweis, Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority

September 10, 2019

In this episode, Lew Bleiweis discusses the many points of his journey that would ultimately lead him to his position as executive director of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority. Lew shares the many moments and people who impacted him as a person, his love for the industry, several of his favorite pastimes, and more.

This episode is sponsored by Airport Lounge Development. For details on how they can bring their solutions to your airport to increase your lounge revenue, enhance passenger services and more. Visit airportloungedev.com for more information.

Ep. 57 - Nikki Harland, Paradies Lagardére

Ep. 57 - Nikki Harland, Paradies Lagardére

September 3, 2019

...and the many rapidly evolving and expanding responsibilities that Human Resources undertakes in a company and in an industry that is also rapidly evolving and expanding.

Ep. 56 - Dr. Samantha Gray, University of Indianapolis

Ep. 56 - Dr. Samantha Gray, University of Indianapolis

August 29, 2019

...and the psychological and sociological impact that technology is having or could have on us.

 

Ep. 55 - Kylies Fung, McCarran International Airport

Ep. 55 - Kylies Fung, McCarran International Airport

August 27, 2019

Kylies Fung has been with McCarran International Airport for four years, one of which was as an intern as she attended school at UNLV. Like many, she never thought about a career in airports nor did she ever think that her schooling in Hospitality Management would be applicable to this environment. But years later, she sees the connection between her learnings and the evolution of the industry. Airport hospitality is a common refrain that you will hear throughout this episode because it is the mindset that is prevalent amongst the team at McCarran International Airport.

Ones To Watch is a new, recurring series produced by Airport Experience News. Here we will feature emerging, up-and-coming members of commercial management teams from across North America. 

This episode is sponsored by Crews. Innovating the traveler experience since 1972.

Ep. 54 - Tonja Pastorelle, Pastorelle Marketing Group

Ep. 54 - Tonja Pastorelle, Pastorelle Marketing Group

August 19, 2019

...and how the years of experience are so vital to personally evolving and staying relevant while also enabling one to give back and mentor.

Ep. 53 - Tyler Pitman, HMSHost

Ep. 53 - Tyler Pitman, HMSHost

July 23, 2019

...and the well-traveled path that brings fresh and engaging concepts to airports.

Ep. 52 - Nina Madonia, The Grove, Inc.

Ep. 52 - Nina Madonia, The Grove, Inc.

July 17, 2019

...and setting the course for growth and evolution of a long-standing food operator. 

Ep. 51 - Vito Buscemi, Delaware North

Ep. 51 - Vito Buscemi, Delaware North

July 12, 2019

...and the passion of authenticity, old world and scratch cooking guiding food trends.