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Ep. 100 - Jason Paltzer, Concessions Operations Manager, Indianapolis International Airport

Ep. 100 - Jason Paltzer, Concessions Operations Manager, Indianapolis International Airport

May 27, 2020

When he first transitioned into airports Jason Paltzer was just looking for a fresh start, but he wasn’t prepared for the dynamic and ever-changing world of airport concessions to be so enthralling. In this episode, Paltzer discusses how he finds the hustle and bustle of the industry invigorating and how stepping up to meet challenges has helped enrich his career.

This is the latest in our series Ones to Watch.

This episode was recorded in the AXN Podcast booth sponsored by Tastes on the Fly at the 2020 Airport Experience Conference in Denver.

Ep. 99 - Eric Friedman, Principal Services Agent – Concessions, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Ep. 99 - Eric Friedman, Principal Services Agent – Concessions, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

May 14, 2020

Eric Friedman’s interest in aviation began at an early age. When he discovered life as an air traffic controller wasn’t everything he’d dreamed, he transitioned into an operations role at MSY, where he’s currently part of the concessions team. In the wake of the opening of the airport’s newest terminal and instituting a post-security pass system for non-ticketed guests to dine and shop in the airport, Friedman finds joy in providing a memorable and warm experience for all MSY guests, travelers and otherwise.

This is the latest in our series Ones To Watch.

This episode was recorded in the AXN Podcast booth sponsored by Tastes on the Fly at the 2020 Airport Experience Conference in Denver.

Ep. 98 - Meredith Genochio, Chief Operating Officer, Tastes on the Fly

Ep. 98 - Meredith Genochio, Chief Operating Officer, Tastes on the Fly

April 30, 2020

“Dragged kicking and screaming” into the airport concessions industry, Meredith Genochio, chief operating officer of Tastes on the Fly, recounts her reluctant transition more than a decade ago from the traditional dining sector to airport concessions, and how she quickly gained a passion for her company’s mission. 

This episode was recorded at the 2020 Airport Experience Conference in the first week of March in Denver, CO.

Ep. 97 - Joya Kizer Clark, president & CEO, Casa Unlimited

Ep. 97 - Joya Kizer Clark, president & CEO, Casa Unlimited

March 31, 2020

...and the steering of a small, family-owned business during unprecedently turbulent times.

This interview was recorded Friday March 27.

Ep. 96 - Nick Crews, CEO, Crews Hospitality

Ep. 96 - Nick Crews, CEO, Crews Hospitality

March 23, 2020

The following was recorded Sunday March 22. My conversation with Nick centers on the view of the crisis from a small business perspective, his outlook on how we survive as an industry, and the work he is doing as a board member of the Airport Restaurant & Retail Association (ARRA).

BONUS: I've added my chat with Ben Rababy with United Concessions Group. This was recorded March 19 and much had changed since then. Regardless, this is again a good look at how small business is seeing this pandemic.

Pam Dechant, senior vice president of concessions, Denver International Airport

Pam Dechant, senior vice president of concessions, Denver International Airport

March 20, 2020

Pam Dechant chats about her entry into the airport industry and what she is looking forward to at Denver International Airport.

For all of the upcoming episodes I will also be sharing my conversations with various small businesses to get their view on the impact to their company. For the latest on COVID-19 related news impacting the airport industry, head to airportxnews.com.  

Ep. 94 - Mori Russell, business development manager, Concessions International

Ep. 94 - Mori Russell, business development manager, Concessions International

March 17, 2020

...and the continuation of a legacy business by its next generation.

Here is a link to a documentary on Herman J. Russell that you should take the time to watch. It's inspiring. 

https://www.pba.org/shows/building-atlanta-herman-j-russell-story/

Ep. 93 - Annabel Lawee, CEO and founder, Breeze

Ep. 93 - Annabel Lawee, CEO and founder, Breeze

March 11, 2020

...and how a personal pain point led to the creation of a virtual restaurant in an airport.

This episode is sponsored by Tastes on the Fly. For more information on how to bring their experiences to your airport, click here.

Ep. 92 - Crystal Browning, CEO & founder, Baggage Nanny

Ep. 92 - Crystal Browning, CEO & founder, Baggage Nanny

February 25, 2020

...and a unique baggage handling service available to travelers.

Ep. 91 - Ty Manegold, co-founder & president, ROAM Fitness

Ep. 91 - Ty Manegold, co-founder & president, ROAM Fitness

February 18, 2020

...and the value of an exercise program and exercise destination in an airport.

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