From Jorge Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of AvPorts:
As a person of many interests, I fit the definition of a “jack of all trades and master of none.” My incursion into the airport industry was serendipitous. I come from a family of medical professionals and seamen. However, airports always intrigued me.
Growing up in both Mexico and US, I was always interested in the intersection of business, policy and economic and international development. Airports more than satisfy my intellectual curiosity and professional interest as they sit in the middle of this intersection and are one of the most powerful engines of economic development that exists today. Airports are perpetually dynamic entities and function like mini cities and airport management allows me to oversee many functions with no day being the same.
My initial exposure to aviation was during my tenure at Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking in London where I covered transportation companies. After the financial crisis, I moved to Houston to join the global airport investor and operator ADC & HAS Airports (today Airports Worldwide), an airport investment and management platform between the Canadian pension OMERS, the pioneering airport P3 company ADC, and Houston Airports (HAS).
The competency development I received during the AMPAP courses have been key to my successful progression in management roles at various companies such as at CCR, a large Brazilian transportation concessionaire, and the Carlyle Airport Group, the successful developer of the new $7 billion Terminal One at JFK Airport.
Today, I am the CEO of AvPORTS, the largest privately-owned airport operator in the US which started as a division of Pan Am World Airways in 1927 and is currently owned by West Street Infrastructure Partners III, a family of infrastructure investment funds managed by the Merchant Banking Division of The Goldman Sachs Group.
In my role as CEO I not only use my AMPAP training to oversee the management of nine airports and over 650 employees, but I also benefit from the AMPAP alumni network to gain additional and diverse perspectives and build long-lasting professional relationships. For example, through the AMPAP network, I met Arturo Garcia (AMPAP 2011), whom I recruited as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of our company.