Fort Worth’s Paslay Group Appoints Director of Operations for Division

Paslay Group said that its founder and CEO, R. Clay Paslay, developed the Executive Program Management model and introduced it to the airport industry in 2007 as a better way for airport owners to manage complex capital development programs.

Fort Worth-based airport consultancy Paslay Group has appointed Kris Vogt, a professional engineer with three decades’ experience in program, project, and construction management, as the first director of operations for its PG Executive Program Management division.

Paul Blue, Paslay Group partner and president of PG Executive Program Management, praised Vogt as “an exceptional team leader” who understands the complexities of planning, implementing, and executing airport development programs and how to organize and inspire highly accomplished colleagues to achieve a client’s goals and objectives.

“As our inaugural Director of Operations, Kris will expand our bench strength and enable us to support new clients in the dynamic airport development marketplace,” Blue said in a statement.

According to the firm, Vogt is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and a certified Design Build Professional who has served as program manager for several large, complex development programs for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) since 2008. He also served as a project and client engagement manager for a comprehensive security system upgrade at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.

Vogt expressed his admiration for Paslay Group’s work, the caliber of its team, and collaborative culture. He said the company attracts experienced airport development executives who genuinely love what they do and enjoy sharing their insights with clients who are committed to improving the air travel experience for passengers, airlines, and airport tenants.

“I’m pleased to join the talented and accomplished PG Executive Program Management team,” Vogt said in a statement.

More on PG Executive Program Management

According to Paslay Group, its founder and CEO, R. Clay Paslay, developed the Executive Program Management model and introduced it to the airport industry in 2007 as a better way for airport owners to manage complex capital development programs. The model provides owners a small team of highly experienced, executive-level leaders who are integrated with the airport’s executive team and expand the owner’s ability to plan and execute multi-year programs.

Paslay Group expanded in February 2022 and established PG Executive Program Management, its legacy offering, as one of three independent companies under the Paslay Group organization.

PG Advisory offers airport executives enterprise-level business strategy and support to help optimize financial results, improve business performance, and ensure long-term airport success. PG Development assists airport owners with land development services and consulting to grow non-passenger revenue generation.

The PG Executive Program Management portfolio has expanded rapidly in recent years as some client terminal development programs are completed and other airports begin work to modernize their aging infrastructure.

Paslay Group was executive program manager and owner’s representative for the award-winning, $1.5 billion Build KCI (Kansas City International) Single Terminal Program, which opened in February 2023. The team also assisted the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority in delivering the $1.6 billion BNA Vision terminal development program with staged openings between fall 2023 and this month’s debut of a new on-site Hilton hotel.

Expertise in airport development

In his new role, Vogt will provide oversight of PG Executive Program Management project sites and quality and effectiveness of service delivery, the firm said.

He will also ensure that teams are implementing best practices for development programs; mentor and coach team members; and support new project start-up. Additionally, Vogt will ensure consistent reporting of key performance metrics across client engagements.

According to PG, Vogt supported a number of terminal development programs at LAX as a program manager including Bradley West Core and Gates, West Gates at Bradley (MSC North), Terminal 1 project, representing LAWA and collaborating with Dallas-based Southwest Airlines in delivery of program development, and working on behalf of Fort Worth-based American Airlines in the delivery of the modernized and enhanced Terminal 4.

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