Infrastructure Expert Peter Aarons Joins HNTB as West Division Aviation Director

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Former San Diego County Regional Airport Authority program manager brings unique understanding of private sector solutions and public agency needs

Peter Aarons, HNTB Corporation

Aarons will lead development and implementation of the firm’s aviation strategy in the West Division.

Peter's extensive experience with West Coast airports and industry engagement confirms his reputation as an aviation leader and demonstrates his ability to make important contacts in the industry, bring solutions and win major projects.

Peter Aarons has joined HNTB Corporation as West Division aviation director and associate vice president. He brings more than 25 years of experience in planning, development, design, program and project management, and construction, including a tenure as program manager for the “Green Build” terminal development program at San Diego International Airport.

Aarons will lead development and implementation of the firm’s aviation strategy in the West Division. He will work on the development of targeted client service action plans, project pursuits and industry representation. He will be located in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

“Peter’s knowledge of the aviation transportation market and big-project experience is a tremendous fit for infrastructure clients who expect the highest levels of expertise from HNTB,” said Laddie Irion, national aviation market sector leader and senior vice president. “His extensive experience with West Coast airports and industry engagement confirms his reputation as an aviation leader and demonstrates his ability to make important contacts in the industry, bring solutions and win major projects.”

Prior to joining HNTB, Aarons served with a consulting firm as a senior manager for aviation business development in Southern California. Also, in his previous role as program manager for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, he assisted in the management of the airport’s more than $800 million capital improvement projects. At SDCRAA, his responsibilities included management oversight and coordination of plans, policies, funding programs and analyses for the agency’s terminal development program and related facilities.

Aarons earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco. He is active in Airports Council International – North America, the American Association of Airport Executives and Airport Consultants Council. He currently serves on the leadership team for the Business Information Technologies Committee at ACI-NA as an associate members officer.

HNTB was recently ranked as the No. 1 airport design firm in Roads & Bridges magazine’s 2014 Go-To List, as preferred by the publication’s readers. The firm’s many signature aviation projects include design of the “Green Build” expansion at San Diego International Airport; engineering and design services at Los Angeles World Airports; design and construction management of runway status light implementation at airports across the country; and design of the runway expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. HNTB’s work in California dates back to its founding in 1914. Today HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients in California from seven office locations, currently employing more than 350 full-time professionals. Now celebrating a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit http://www.hntb.com.

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