Steve is currently the Director of Airport Operations for the Portland Int'l Airport (PDX) and the Hillsboro (HIO) and Troutdale (TTD) airports. In this capacity, he is responsible for the leadership of Airside, Terminal, Landside and Maintenance operations at all three airports. Steve and the Airport Operations team ensure the safe and efficient operation of PDX facilities during the $1.6 billion reconstruction of the PDX Terminal Core. In his role as the Director of Airport Operations, he is committed to the development and enhancement of a diverse workforce and guaranteeing a welcoming environment for all airport employees.
In his previous role, Steve was the senior manager for general aviation airports for the Port of Portland. In this capacity, he was responsible for all facets of general aviation airport administration, including airport operations and maintenance, operating and capital budget management, environmental compliance, tenant relationships, community outreach, local and federal intergovernmental relations, and policy input for real estate development at the Hillsboro and Troutdale airports.
Steve spent nine years as a pilot in the U.S. Navy and flew extensively in Asia and the Middle East and accumulated more than 1,200 hours of flight time as a pilot-in-command of single and multi-engine aircraft. From Australia to the Aleutian Islands, from the west coast of Africa to the west coast of the US, he and his flight crew were always comsumers of airport services, but he never really knew what it took to operate an airport. When he transitioned to a career in airport management, he learned the critical role that airports play in support of aircraft operators.
Steve is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, with a bachelor's degree in engineering. At the Port of Portland, he has been a three-time recipient of the Executive Director Recognition Award, which is the Port's highest award for individual achievement. In addition, Steve is the past President of the Oregon Airport Management Association (2013) and was recognized as Oregon's "Airport Manager of the Year" in 2011. Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Airport Management Association, The Board of Directors of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Vice Chair of the Washington County Fairgrounds Advisory Committee.
Steve lives in Portland with his wife, their two dogs and nineteen-year-old cat that was rescued from a field at PDX when she was six weeks old.