Steve Baldwin has long been captivated by aviation and the challenges of modern airport management and airport management consulting. A deep sense of pride and ownership in the services he has provided to airports throughout his career is what motivated him to found his own aviation consulting firm. As a seasoned airport professional with over three decades of executive management experience, Steve is able to keenly understand our clients’ needs and marshal our resources on their behalf.
Prior to his consulting work, Steve was responsible for day-to-day operations at two New York state-owned and -operated airports, each with governor-appointed commissions. Steve received his Bachelors degree at Florida Institute of Technology’s School of Aeronautics, a well-known aviation university; he earned his Masters in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York in Albany. Steve brings more than 30 years of professional aviation experience to each assignment.
Steve can be reached at email@example.com.
Stephen “Steve” Busch, Senior Associate, has more than 30 years experience as a financial executive in the aviation industry and serves as our senior team member for financial analysis and special projects for clients.
Steve recently retired from an illustrious 38-year career at the Metropolitan Airports Commission which runs the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and its system of six reliever airports. Serving as the Chief Financial Officer for the last 11 years, Steve oversaw two divisions: “Finance and Revenue Development” and “Human Resources and Labor Relations.” He also served as treasurer of the Commission. Steve is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and is an active member of the ACI Economics and CFO Committees.
Steve can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Associate Lisa Belt leads our executive recruitment and HR services division. Lisa is a seasoned human resources professional—with her Senior Professional Human Resource (SPHR) accreditation—and oversees our executive recruiting efforts and other human resources support services.
Previously, Lisa served as the head of HR for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, MI, where she oversaw all matters pertaining to the transfer of employees from Kent County to a new Airport Authority. She also serves as a member of the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) committee on human resources.
Lisa’s professional career comprises over 25 years of strategic Human Resource management, executive & senior leadership recruitment, organizational development, labor & employee relations, contract negotiations, and succession planning. Lisa advocates for diverse and inclusive work environments where employees at all levels are valued. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University in Michigan.
Lisa can be reached at email@example.com
Penny Perkins, Senior Associate, has had a professional career in strategic communications that spans 30 years in a variety of industries, including aviation, technology, financial services, education, arts, and non-profits.
At SBA, Penny is responsible for client development, project management, and all firm communications and deliverables. As a writer, editor, and graphic designer, her work has been published in such venues as About.com, Salon.com, The Motion Picture Guide, and several literary magazines. Her fine art photography has been shown at dozens of galleries, museums, and juried exhibitions around the country.
Before joining the firm, she was an assistant professor in communications and interdisciplinary studies at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. Penny holds a Bachelors with Honors in Philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and a Masters in English from the University at Albany in Albany, NY. In May 2015, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM.
Penny can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Hopson has more than 23 years of international aviation experience. Within the private sector, he previously worked for national and international industry leaders, including: Clear Channel Airports as the Director of Contracts and Legal Affairs; as a project manager for the Institut für Operations Research and Management GmbH; and as an analyst for Continental and Atlas Airlines.
Within the public sector, Alex has served as the Concessions Manager for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. During his career, Alex has designed business plans, conducted distribution audits, researched consumer trends, created positioning statements, analyzed competitive data sets, recommended strategic ways to boost brand equity, and evaluated laws, finances, and policies of various governance models.
Alex primarily handles regulatory and financial matters of our clients. Alex holds a J.D. from Cleveland State University; as an undergraduate, he interned at FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Alex received his Bachelors in Aviation Management from Delaware State University, and he is also a licensed FAA Dispatcher.
Alex can be reached at email@example.com.
Spencer Gillette has been with the firm since 2015 after graduating with a degree in aviation management and operations from Western Michigan University. Prior to his time at SBA, Spencer had five years of aviation experience spanning from special FBOs to working for the College of Aviation as an undergraduate. Spencer is also a pilot, and has completed his private pilot license with instrument rating.
In his time at the firm, Spencer has worked on a wide range of client accounts and projects including governance transfers, FAA land releases, organizational assessments, comparable benchmarking analyses, and strategic initiatives, among others. Spencer is currently based on-site at a Michigan client focusing on strategic initiatives and a governance model review.
Spencer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.