Steven Baldwin Associates, LLC (SBA), an Albany, New York-based consulting firm specializing in airport management, has hired Joel Russell, an aviation professional with nearly four decades experience in the industry, as their newest associate.
Russell will serve as their primary manager of quality control and quality assurance for all client projects. In addition to QA/QC, Russell will lend his 37 years of experience to project management and technical analysis on client projects and strategy.
“Joel is an important addition to our steadily-growing team and his long-term experience running airports and serving as a leader in industry organizations will not only benefit our clients, but will also be invaluable for mentoring our other team members,” said Steve Baldwin.
Prior to joining SBA, Russell served nearly three decades as an Airport Manager at two New York airports: Westchester County Airport in White Plains and, more recently, Albany International Airport. At Albany International, Russell was responsible for the airport’s compliance with federal, state and local aviation laws and regulations; preparing annual budgets and financial reports; devising capital improvement plans; and many other day-to-day aspects of running the airport safely and effectively. Previously, Russell was an Assistant Manager at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and a supervisor at the 60th Street Heliport in New York City.
An active leader in the industry, Russell is a past President of the New York State Aviation Management Association, the leading aviation industry lobbying group in the State, and he is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives. A private pilot and certified national weather observer, Russell earned a Masters degree in Aviation Management from leading aviation university Embry-Riddle, and a Bachelors in Economics from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.