As Director of Airports and Ground Infrastructure at NBAA, Alex Gertsen focuses on runway safety, airport access and advocacy as well as aviation noise challenges on behalf of business aviation. With over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry Alex is an active pilot and aircraft owner. He started his career coordinating aircraft charters and logistics in the White House Travel Office. Alex’s passion for technology and his focus on safety grew as part of his work at Lockheed Martin and carried through his efforts at the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). He founded Aviation Fury, LLC and prior to joining NBAA consulted leading aviation technology companies to bring innovative safety solutions to airports and general aviation. Alex continuously relies on his Mooney for air transportation. Alex is a graduate of The George Washington University and holds a Masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University.