AAAE YoPro Committee to Graham: How did you get started in aviation?
Graham: Initially, I went to Lewis University to become a pilot but quickly learned that was not going to be within my budget; therefore, I switched majors into Aviation Administration. Following my freshman year, I had the opportunity to intern at the Indianapolis Intl. Airport within their Air Service Development group and quickly fell in love with airport management. Now, I’ve been in airport management for over 10 years and finally received my private pilot certificate.
AAAE YoPro Committee to Graham: How did you connect with your mentor?
Graham: In 2016, I relocated to San Jose, CA to begin a new role as an Airport Duty Manager at SJC. At the time, Sean was another Duty Manager who assisted with my training. He introduced me to AAAE/YoPro and was a large supporter during my election as a Board Director for SWAAAE. He continues to be a great friend, old colleague, and mentor for myself and MANY others.
AAAE YoPro Committee to Sean: What is your favorite part of mentoring?
Sean: Our industry is a very small community and has provided many blessings for me. It is rewarding to be able to give back and see others grow in this industry. It is a “proud parent” moment when you see your friends and colleagues rise to new opportunities.