SEC – AAAE Conference 2024 Agenda

(Agenda is subject to change.)

Saturday, March 16th

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
AAAE Accreditation Interviews
Jefferson Boardroom 2

12:00 Noon – 6:00 PM
Site Selection Committee Presentations
Meeting Room BR 1

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Board of Directors Dinner
Private Function
Transportation departs from Sheraton Hotel at 6:30PM
Sponsored by: CMT

Sunday, March 17th

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Registration Open at Sheraton Birmingham


8:45 AM – 9:30 AM
Corporate Liaison Committee Meeting
Open to all SEC-AAAE Corporate Committee Members
Ballroom 1


9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Move-In and Set Up


9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Open to all SEC-AAAE members
Ballroom 1


9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
AAAE Accreditation Final Interviews
Jefferson Boardroom 2


12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Topgolf Birmingham

Join us for a round of friendly team competition with food and fun in the tee box!  Golfers and non-golfers are welcome!

Transportation departs the Sheraton Hotel at 12:15 pm or enjoy a 12-minute walk, weather permitting.

Topgolf event sponsored by: HMS Host by Avolta


6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Welcome Event – Birmingham Museum of Art

Food and drinks, networking, live entertainment, and a new exhibit: “Heroes and Villains:  The Art of the Disney Costume”

2-minute walk - located across the street from the Sheraton Hotel
Golf cart shuttles are available from Sheraton lobby


9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Young Professionals Mixer
Hi-Wire Brewing Birmingham

Transportation departs from Birmingham Museum of Art at 8:30 pm

Monday, March 18

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration Open – Sheraton Birmingham


7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
Meeting Room BR 5/9


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Student Attendee "Meet and Greet"
Meeting Room: Jefferson 2


9:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00am – 9:10am          Ron Mathieu, C.M., President & CEO, Birmingham Airport Authority

9:10am - 9:20am           Darlene Wilson, Vice Chair, Birmingham Airport Authority

9:20am – 9:30am          Mayor Randall Woodfin, City of Birmingham


9:30 AM
Presentation of Colors
Base Honor Guard from the 117th Air Refueling Wing
The National Anthem


9:35 AM - 9:45 AM
Perry J. Miller, Ph.D., A.A.E., I.A.P., President & CEO, Richmond International Airport, Chair, AAAE


9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
AAAE Headquarters Update

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
General Session #1
Keynote Address

In 2003, Colonel Chris R. Stricklin was performing a high-precision maneuver at an air show when he was forced to eject from an F-16.  Years of training, honing elite skills, and flying countless missions may have prepared him for the moment – but that’s only part of his story.  His unforgettable journey is the stuff of legends and might just change your life too.

Sponsored by: Hudson by Avolta


11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Break with Exhibitors


11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Spouse/Guest Event at Renaissance Hotel

10:15am                         Transportation departs the Sheraton Hotel

11:00am – 12:00pm      Elegant brunch at the Renaissance

12:00pm – 2:00pm       “Board & Brush” with charcuterie and beverages

2:00pm                           Transportation returns to the Sheraton


11:15 AM – 12:00 Noon
General Session #2
AI and Cybersecurity:  Preparing for the Future

We’re hearing a lot about Artificial Intelligence or Ai and how it’s helping to shape the future. What do airport managers need to know today about how they can balance the impacts and still leverage its powerful benefits?


12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch-SEC Membership Meeting
Travis Crilly, AAE, President
Blue Grass Airport


1:45 PM – 2:35 PM
General Session #3
Air Service Development: Strategies for Keeping Your Airport Top of Mind

With hundreds of airports competing for the same available air service, how are you keeping your airport top of mind with route planners as they look for new markets to serve?


2:35 PM – 2:50 PM
Break with Exhibitors


2:50 PM – 3:40 PM
General Session #4
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:  Creating Cultural Connections

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices help organizations create inclusive workplaces that recognize the value of our differences and the skills we bring. What are the essential insights for defining DEI and building successful cultural connections?


3:40 PM – 4:30 PM
General Session #5
FAA Update


6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
President’s Reception and Dinner - Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Reception 6 pm – 7 pm, live music, surrounded by vintage cars and motorcycles.  Let’s have a revving good time!

Transportation departs Sheraton Hotel at 5:15 pm

Tuesday, March 19

7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Registration Open – Sheraton Birmingham


7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
Meeting Room BR 5/9


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
General Session #6
Human Trafficking Awareness:  Education. Prevention. Protection.

Airports have come a long way in implementing human trafficking awareness campaigns inside terminals.  But, we all know the problem isn’t going away.  Learn how airports can continue to be part of the solution and make a real difference for victims of human trafficking.

9:15 AM – 1:30 PM
Spouse/Guest Event – Birmingham Botanical Gardens

9:00am – 9:15am        Hotel Pick-up at Sheraton

10:00am – 11:00am    Tour of Japanese Garden

11:00am – 11:30am    Break and browse the Gift Shop

11:30am – 1:00pm      Private Luncheon

 1:00pm                        Transportation returns to Sheraton


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break with Exhibitors


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

General Session #7
Planning for Construction in a Competitive Market

Construction costs and contractor availability continue to fluctuate, making planning and budgeting projects more challenging than ever.  Hear how projects can remain competitive and moving forward. 

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch and Awards Presentation


1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Breakdown & Move Out


Afternoon Excursion/Networking Events (Each attendee registered for only one)
***Please note various event times and departure details

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Excursion - Autobahn Indoor Speedway

Transportation departs Sheraton Hotel at 1:00pm

 **Following the event, transportation will depart at 5pm.  Guests have the option of going directly to the evening event or returning to Hotel to catch a later bus.


2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Excursion - Civil Rights Institute

Transportation departs Sheraton Hotel at 1:30 pm
Return transportation departs Civil Rights Institute at 4:30 pm and arrives at Hotel at 4:45 pm.


2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Excursion - Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Self-guided Tour – Come and go as you please.
Located across the street from Sheraton.


3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Excursion - Hot Laps at Barber Motorsports Park

Transportation departs Sheraton Hotel at 3:00 pm

**This event will conclude at approximately 5:30 pm.  Guests have the option of going directly to the evening event or going back to Hotel to catch a later bus.


5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Charlotte 2025 Event
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Join your 2025 hosts, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, for food, drinks, and networking at a venue that celebrates the rich history of Birmingham’s steel industry.

Transportation departs Sheraton Hotel at 5:15pm and will run continuously.

Updated Jan. 16, 2024