A Leader in the Development of Public/Private Airport Partnerships

Board of Directors


Robert Aaronson
Steven E. Harfst
Bob joined the Board of Directors for Propeller Airports in December of 2013 as its Chairman, bringing significant national and international experience. Over the past 40 years Bob has worked within the aviation sector from every perspective. Prior to serving as the Director General of Airports Council International World from 2002 to 2008, Bob had direct responsibility for the management and development of six major U.S. airports, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages three of the world's largest airports - John F. Kennedy International Airport, La Guardia Airport and Newark International Airport.

Earlier, Bob was appointed by the U.S. Government as the top official in the Federal Aviation Administration responsible for nationwide airport standards, safety and development. From 1989 to 1992, Bob was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the trade group of the major North American passenger and cargo airlines.

In 1993, Bob became Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Air Terminal - which became Airport Group International (AGI) and was one of the first firms engaged in worldwide airport development and operations. In 1997, he left the management of AGI to establish his own consulting firm, Strategies For Airports, Inc., which subsequently became part of the global Lufthansa Consulting organization and he was appointed its Executive Vice President - Americas.

Bob was elected as Chairman of the Airport Operators Council International (the predecessor organization of ACI-NA). He also served as President of the (US) National Association of State Aviation Officials, and President of the Wings Club (in New York). Currently, he serves as an appointed Board member of the Connecticut Airport Authority.
Steve joined Propeller in February 2016 as President of Propeller. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in the military, domestic and international commercial aviation industry. Steve has served as the COO of Allegiant Air, President and CEO of USA 3000 Airlines, as the start-up COO of IndiGo, India's most successful and profitable commercial airline and COO of North American Airlines. Steve began his aviation career with ten years of military service as a United States Naval Aviator piloting the F-14 Tomcat. Steve left active duty service in June 1996 after accumulating over 1,600 hours of flight time and 227 arrested landings.

Currently, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation based in Philadelphia, PA and is a commercially licensed airline transport pilot. Steve holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
Dave Hurley
Dan McHugh
David C. Hurley has over 30 years of experience in marketing and sales in the aerospace and telecommunications industries and is currently Vice Chairman of PrivatAir of Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Flight Services Group by PrivatAir. Mr. Hurley founded FSG, one of the world's largest providers of corporate aircraft management, executive charter, and aircraft sales and acquisitions in the U.S., in 1984. Prior to founding FSG, he was the Senior Vice President of domestic and international sales for Canadair Challenger and a member of the marketing team that was responsible for the launch of the program and delivery of the first one hundred Challengers. He also served as regional vice president of the Cessna Aircraft Company and as director of marketing, government and military products division, for the Harris Intertype Corporation. Flying since he was fourteen years old, Mr. Hurley is a licensed pilot operating propeller and turbine aircraft. He is currently Chairman of the Board at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and has served on various boards including BE Aerospace, the Corporate Angel Network, the Wings Club, Aerosat, Inc., Applied Energetics and Capital Route Limited.
Daniel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Air Inc. He is also a member of the Southern Air Board. Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2009, Mr. McHugh was the CEO of DHL Express Asia. Mr. McHugh has spent the majority of his 30-year career in the transportation, supply chain and investment banking sectors. Prior to joining DHL Express, he was President Asia/Middle East for APL Ltd, a subsidiary of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd., and President of the Americas for Sealand Service. Mr. McHugh currently serves as a Board member for Intermarine, LLC and PATS Aircraft Systems. He has previously served on various U.S. and International Board of Directors including GT Nexus in Alameda, California; Vostochny International Container Services in Vostochny, Russia and Blue Dart Express Ltd. in Mumbai, India. He is the past Chairman of Vietnam-based Asia Injury Prevention Foundation. He has also served as Vice Chairman of the Singapore Sports Council for the Disabled. Mr. McHugh graduated from Loras College with a degree in Business Administration and Literature. He also holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Management at Duke University.

Robert Aaronson

Bob joined the Board of Directors for Propeller Airports in December of 2013 as its Chairman, bringing significant national and international experience. Over the past 40 years Bob has worked within the aviation sector from every perspective. Prior to serving as the Director General of Airports Council International World from 2002 to 2008, Bob had direct responsibility for the management and development of six major U.S. airports, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages three of the world's largest airports - John F. Kennedy International Airport, La Guardia Airport and Newark International Airport.

Earlier, Bob was appointed by the U.S. Government as the top official in the Federal Aviation Administration responsible for nationwide airport standards, safety and development. From 1989 to 1992, Bob was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the trade group of the major North American passenger and cargo airlines.

In 1993, Bob became Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Air Terminal - which became Airport Group International (AGI) and was one of the first firms engaged in worldwide airport development and operations. In 1997, he left the management of AGI to establish his own consulting firm, Strategies For Airports, Inc., which subsequently became part of the global Lufthansa Consulting organization and he was appointed its Executive Vice President - Americas.

Bob was elected as Chairman of the Airport Operators Council International (the predecessor organization of ACI-NA). He also served as President of the (US) National Association of State Aviation Officials, and President of the Wings Club (in New York). Currently, he serves as an appointed Board member of the Connecticut Airport Authority.


Steven E. Harfst

Steve joined Propeller in February 2016 as President of Propeller. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in the military, domestic and international commercial aviation industry. Steve has served as the COO of Allegiant Air, President and CEO of USA 3000 Airlines, as the start-up COO of IndiGo, India's most successful and profitable commercial airline and COO of North American Airlines. Steve began his aviation career with ten years of military service as a United States Naval Aviator piloting the F-14 Tomcat. Steve left active duty service in June 1996 after accumulating over 1,600 hours of flight time and 227 arrested landings.

Currently, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation based in Philadelphia, PA and is a commercially licensed airline transport pilot. Steve holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.


Dave Hurley

David C. Hurley has over 30 years of experience in marketing and sales in the aerospace and telecommunications industries and is currently Vice Chairman of PrivatAir of Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Flight Services Group by PrivatAir. Mr. Hurley founded FSG, one of the world's largest providers of corporate aircraft management, executive charter, and aircraft sales and acquisitions in the U.S., in 1984. Prior to founding FSG, he was the Senior Vice President of domestic and international sales for Canadair Challenger and a member of the marketing team that was responsible for the launch of the program and delivery of the first one hundred Challengers. He also served as regional vice president of the Cessna Aircraft Company and as director of marketing, government and military products division, for the Harris Intertype Corporation. Flying since he was fourteen years old, Mr. Hurley is a licensed pilot operating propeller and turbine aircraft. He is currently Chairman of the Board at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and has served on various boards including BE Aerospace, the Corporate Angel Network, the Wings Club, Aerosat, Inc., Applied Energetics and Capital Route Limited.


Dan McHugh

Daniel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Air Inc. He is also a member of the Southern Air Board. Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2009, Mr. McHugh was the CEO of DHL Express Asia. Mr. McHugh has spent the majority of his 30-year career in the transportation, supply chain and investment banking sectors. Prior to joining DHL Express, he was President Asia/Middle East for APL Ltd, a subsidiary of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd., and President of the Americas for Sealand Service. Mr. McHugh currently serves as a Board member for Intermarine, LLC and PATS Aircraft Systems. He has previously served on various U.S. and International Board of Directors including GT Nexus in Alameda, California; Vostochny International Container Services in Vostochny, Russia and Blue Dart Express Ltd. in Mumbai, India. He is the past Chairman of Vietnam-based Asia Injury Prevention Foundation. He has also served as Vice Chairman of the Singapore Sports Council for the Disabled. Mr. McHugh graduated from Loras College with a degree in Business Administration and Literature. He also holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Management at Duke University.

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