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San Antonio (January 8, 2021) – The San Antonio Airport System (SAAS) announces the appointment of three top executives. Jennifer Mills Pysher, Michael Garnier and David Robbins have been selected to join the leadership team in San Antonio.
“We are excited to have Jennifer, Michael and David join the SAAS Team. They bring a vast amount of industry experience crucial to the advancement of our dedicated team”, said Jesus H. Saenz, Jr., Director of Airports, San Antonio Airport System. “This is a greater opportunity for growth, innovation and leadership”.
Pysher is the Chief Commercial Officer, she brings over 27 years of aviation industry experience. Most recently, Jennifer served the Uber Technologies Airport Business Development Team where she managed airport partner relations, served as a key negotiator for business deals, developed airport rate methodologies, and worked cross functionally to develop business strategies to optimize airport operations and elevate the shared passenger experience.
Her experience includes management of portfolios for over 24 airports, including San Antonio International Airport while on the American Airlines Corporate Real Estate and Airport Affairs team. Pysher through a collaborate effort led planning and design for large scale terminal and airfield capital projects, negotiated fair and effectives airline lease and use agreements, developed and managed multiple Tech Ops facilities. Additionally, she developed and managed industry leading land acquisition programs, FAA pilot projects and has also served on the Airline and Airports Affairs Council.
Michael Garnier is the Chief Budget and Administration Officer, In this new role he will focus on the airport’s financial performance. Garnier recently retired from Southwest Airlines where he served as the Senior Regional Leader of Airport Affairs. His territory stretched from Minneapolis to San Antonio and as far East as Louisville, Kentucky.
Garnier specializes in airport finance, financing strategy, lease negotiations, business planning and infrastructure-related development such as airport capital projects. He worked on a wide range of airport capital projects including major developments including the $600M Love Field Modernization Project and the recent $250M Chicago Midway Redevelopment Program.
Prior to joining the Airport Affairs Team, Garnier was a Senior Manager in the Southwest Airlines’ Business Development Department, leading a group that developed the five-year capacity plan for the airline. He has nearly 15 years of operation leadership experience at various airports within the United States.
David Robbins is the Chief Development Officer. He has over 22 years of experience in aviation public works, most recently at the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) where he served as the Project Administrator for Design and Construction of the $8.5 billion O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The program transformed an outdated system of intersecting runways into a modern parallel runway configuration. Robbins responsibilities included oversight of the OMP Design and Construction.
Robbins also served as the interim Deputy Commissioner of Environment & Sustainability. He was responsible for all environmental and sustainability programs at O’Hare and Midway International Airports, including waste, water, storm-water, air quality and energy management responsibilities. Under Robbins’s creative and innovative leadership, CDA had the largest beehive installation at any airport in the world and his vision led to partnerships with major companies; Coca-Cola, Tesla and Nissan.
Robbins’ aviation career began in Michigan at the Wayne County Department of Airports where he worked as Airport Operations Airfield Supervisor and then Manager of Properties, Planning and Facilities. Prior to joining the CDA, Robbins was Design and Assets Manager VIII for the Wayne County Department of Public Works Division of Parks.
The hiring of these three professionals rounds out the executive leadership team under the new Director of Airports, Jesus H. Saenz, Jr.at the San Antonio Airport System.