Steve has been with the firm since its inception. His entire career has been devoted to airport planning. He has been instrumental in developing many of the firm’s analytical techniques and its innovative methods for detailed forecasting, as well as scheduling and programming future development. Steve’s expertise lies not only in forecasting and programming, but also facility requirements, airport site selection, and alternative analyses. Steve has participated in more than 300 airport planning studies.
Steve has been with Coffman Associates since its founding in 1979. During his career with Coffman Associates, he has been involved in more than 250 airport planning assignments and has managed airport master plans for both air carrier and general aviation airports. He has been actively involved in refining the firm’s approach to master planning and in performing special planning evaluations in support of projects, including benefit-cost analysis, runway safety area evaluations, and feasibility analyses for terminal and air-side improvements. He has also been actively involved in improving public participation in the master planning process.
A Principal with Coffman Associates and President of the firm, Jim has been with the firm for more than 37 years. A registered professional engineer, Jim has extensive airport planning and development experience, including preparation of airport master plans and layout plans, airport facilities design, navigational aid planning, site selection studies, environmental assessments, airspace evaluations and Part 150 Noise Compatibility Plans for both air carrier and general aviation airports. He has contributed to more than 250 airport planning assignments and has served as the project manager for more than 120 airport master plans.
Dave serves as the firm’s noise and airport land use compatibility planning specialist. In this role, he supervises the development of airport noise exposure contours, noise abatement strategies, land use management strategies, public participation and outreach, and FAA coordination processes. Dave has prepared more than 100 airport noise and land use compatibility plans, NEPA/CEQA environmental documents and Wildlife Hazard Assessment/Management studies at both air carrier and general aviation airports across the country.
Mike has been involved primarily in airport master planning and has also participated in several Part 150 Noise and Land Use Compatibility Studies and Environmental Assessments. Mike specializes in airport operations, airport financial planning, and public relations. He has had extensive involvement in and has concentrated his expertise in the analysis of airport financial data and the development of feasible programming for planned development costs. Since joining Coffman Associates, Mike has been the primary planner and project manager for several airport master plans for primary commercial service, reliever, and general aviation airports. Utilizing the Integrated Noise Model, Mike has also conducted noise analysis included in the scope of several Master Plan studies.
Jacob joined Coffman Associates as an airport planner in 2018. He has always had a passion for airports and aviation, and he earned his Private Pilot certificate when he was just 18 years old. He participates as a volunteer pilot for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program and is currently working toward his Certified Flight Instructor certification. Jacob spent the first several years of his aviation career working in the airline industry, and he has held various supervisory positions for large Part 121 air carriers. Prior to joining Coffman Associates, he served as the Airport Coordinator for Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority.
With over 20 years of experience, Maggie serves our Phoenix office as an Airport Planning Technician. She has extensive project experience, with much of her work centered on airport projects in the Southwestern U.S. In the 19 years since Maggie joined Coffman Associates, she has developed numerous airport layout plans, public airport disclosure maps, airport improvement program sketches, and more.
Larry has been with Coffman Associates since 1983, when he became one of the company’s first Airport Planning Technicians. Having held that position for more than 35 years, Larry has gone from preparing airport layout plans using colored pencils and a drafting board to utilizing today’s CAD/GIS technology in the preparation of plan sets. He is well-versed in both programs and is credited with nearly 60 FAA-approved airport layout plans.
Diana’s wide-ranging experience spans nearly 30 years, with 15 of those spent at Coffman Associates. As an Airport Planning Technician with the firm, Diana’s work is concentrated on developing airport layout plans and associated drawings as well as performing detailed background research on each project she is involved with. Diana’s commitment to data quality is unmatched, and this attention to detail has been noted by many of our clients.
As the Graphics Manager, Chris is involved in nearly every project. His responsibilities include overseeing artists in the production of graphics for technical reports, public meetings and project-specific websites. His 30 years of experience with Coffman Associates includes the design of report covers, brochures, conceptual drawings, informational graphics, PowerPoint presentations, display boards and marketing materials for business development. Chris’ intuitive eye for design and understanding of composition allow him to translate complex concepts into impactful visuals that resonate with both clients and the public.
As a Graphic Designer, Jean is involved in a wide range of projects at Coffman Associates. Her designs are included on everything from master plans to pilot guides and display boards used for public outreach. Jean has more than 15 years of graphic design experience and has been with Coffman Associates for 12 of those. Since joining the firm, she has developed innovative methods for graphic presentation that is both informative and visually appealing.
As the Kansas City office’s Executive Assistant, Sherry is vital to the internal workings of the office. She has been with Coffman Associates for more than 32 years and in that time has evolved from using typewriters and fax machines to the modern digital office. She continues to assist in a variety of roles, including administrative duties, document editing and accounting functions.
As our Production Manager, Chandra is instrumental in ensuring the technical quality of our plans and reports before they are delivered to our clients and the public. Her organizational skills and attention to detail enables her to deliver high-quality products while meeting tight deadlines. She has been with Coffman Associates since 2004, where she started as an administrative assistant. She has since become our primary document editor and runs our printing department.
Julie serves as Administrative Assistant to our Coffman Phoenix office. She brings a variety of communications strengths to her role including writing, editing, and generally anything supportive to help the team.
With over 25 years of experience in her field, Bridget handles all the accounting functions at Coffman Associates and serves as the firm’s Human Resources administrator. Her skills include payroll administration, accounts payable and receivable, monthly account/bank reconciliation and financial reporting and analysis. Since joining Coffman Associates in 2016, Bridget has made several improvements to streamline our accounting processes for improved efficiency and accuracy.
Ryan has served as GIS Analyst at Coffman Associates since 2011, working primarily on mapping and data analysis related to a variety of different airport studies. He has been extensively involved in noise modeling and land use compatibility analysis. Since joining the firm, Ryan’s role has expanded into GIS web server and database development. He has worked to incorporate airport spatial data into the enterprise GIS, as well as providing support and administrative duties associated with the system. Ryan also has prior GIS experience working in local government as a GIS Technician.
Chris works as an Analyst in our GIS department where he creates maps and exhibits and compiles geospatial data for our projects. He also plays a key role in our obstruction analysis. He has more than 10 years of professional experience, with five of those at Coffman Associates. As a Private Pilot with an Instrument Rating, Chris understands the intricacies of flying approaches and departures, giving him insight into the challenges and constraints many airports must navigate due to FAA regulations.
Michelle is an Environmental Planner with more than nine years of experience in the planning. In this role, she is involved in both NEPA and CEQA environmental documentation as well as sustainability master plans. She also contributes environmental planning for airport master plans, airport compatibility land use plans and insures zoning ordinance compliance. Michelle’s previous work experience includes environmental and urban planning for local governments, where she wrote ordinances, planned municipal projects, comprehensive planning and project management. Other specialties included grant writing, public engagement and sustain-able land use.
As the company’s Marketing Manager, Jami’s responsibilities include business and proposal development, assisting with presentations and interviews, market research, social media and more. She has 27 years of experience, including 20 years of marketing professional engineering services to the aviation industry. Since joining Coffman Associates in 2018, Jami has brought fresh insight and worked to advance our branding efforts and improve our visibility in the industry.
Tyler, an Airport Planner and the third generation of his family to work in aviation, has been with Coffman Associates since 2015. Prior to joining the firm, his aviation experience includes eight years working part-time at a privately owned, public use general aviation airport. During this period of time, he was involved with airport maintenance, capital improvement projects, fixed base operations, as well as aircraft maintenance. This experience, coupled with two aviation-related degrees from the University of Central Missouri and recent experience with Coffman Associates, gives Tyler a firm aviation background and strong working knowledge of airport operations and development.
Associate & GIS/CAD Manager
Tim is the GIS /CAD team leader and develops our geospatial technology . His involvement includes performing airspace and obstruction analyses, as well as site analysis, wind analysis, land use analysis, demographics and statistical analysis, including spatial database design and cartography. Tim is also our primary 3D modeler using GIS to perform three-dimensional analysis and rendering. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for local and county governments mapping infrastructure and developing intuitive GIS systems allowing users to work with spatial data.
Associate & Environmental Planner
Since joining Coffman Associates, Judi has contributed to numerous Environmental Evaluations and Assessments associated with airport development and planning projects and participated in several Part 150 studies and Airport Master Plans. Prior to joining Coffman Associates, Judi worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Environmental Planning Section as a project manager and an environmental planner for a large multi-discipline environmental consulting firm. Her expertise lies in socioeconomic studies, as well as environmental projects under both the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.
Associate & Environmental Planner
Upon completion of his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Kory joined Coffman Associates as an airport planner. For more than 13 years, Kory has prepared the environmental documentation for a wide range of airport development and air service projects. Kory has served as project manager for environmental projects at general aviation and commercial service airports. With expertise in land use planning, he performs aircraft noise analyses, land use compatibility analyses, and noise measurement and analysis. Kory also conducts air quality modeling and greenhouse gas inventories. Prior to joining Coffman Associates, Kory worked in the engineering industry performing field reconnaissance and GIS support for public infrastructure projects.
Associate & Planner
Eric joined Coffman Associates in 2004 as an Airport Planner. Since joining the firm, he has been involved in more than 60 planning studies, including airport master plans, ALP updates/narrative reports, runway safety area studies, feasibility studies, general aviation strategic plans, environmental assessments and sustainable airport master planning. Eric earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate (GA) accreditation and specializes in implementing sustainability practices into the master planning process. Through sustainability planning, Eric has addressed unique natural resource, social and economic concerns. Eric is also well-versed in all aspects of the conventional master planning process and public outreach efforts, having organized community visioning sessions, public hearings and workshops for environmental and master plan projects.
Associate & Planner
Recently selected to Airport Business “40 under 40,” Matt has contributed to all elements related to airport planning for Coffman Associates. He has more than 16 years of experience in airports and aviation. Prior to joining Coffman Associates, his experience includes five years in airport management where he was involved with administration, capital improvement projects and fixed-base operations. He also worked at a Part 139 reliever airport and was involved with all facets of airport activities. This experience, coupled with his involvement in special airport studies related to rules and regulations, rates and charges, safety area improvements, and wildlife hazard management, gives Matt a thorough understanding of the different aspects involved with the development and operation of an airport.
Associate & Planner
Since joining Coffman Associates, Patrick has been involved in all aspects of airport master planning, including aviation demand forecasting, airport financial analysis, alternative development evaluation and needs analysis. Additionally, Patrick has worked on airport feasibility studies and site selection studies. Prior to joining the firm, Patrick spent 10 successful years in sales and marketing in the technology industry, including two years with a large international engineering firm.
Coffman Associates’ tradition of excellence in airport planning continues with the transition of executive leadership to Dave Fitz as Chief Executive Officer/CFO and Mike Dmyterko as President effective at the end of 2019. Both Dave and Mike started their careers with the firm in the early 1990s and developed highly regarded reputations in the industry, and already serve on the Board of Directors. Steve Benson, Jim Harris, and Steve Wagner were among the firm’s earliest employees and have served as CEO, President, and CFO, respectively, since 2009. They will continue to be involved in the firm, focusing on specific airport planning projects and mentoring our upcoming aviation planning leaders, but will also take more time for family - especially grandkids.
Dave has been employed with Coffman Associates since 1992 and transitioned into ownership in 2001. He has worked primarily in Noise and Land Use Compatibility Planning, later becoming the company’s Environmental Planning Group leader. Dave has served on the Board of Directors since 2014. Mike began his career with Coffman Associates in 1995 and became an owner in 2003. His area of specialization is airport master planning, but he has also worked on special studies and client relations. Mike became a member of the Board of Directors in 2016. Dave and Mike will carry forward the values and vision set forth by the firm’s founders in 1979, continuing its dedication to excellence.
In addition to the executive management changes, Coffman Associates is excited to announce that effective January 1, 2020, owners Eric Pfeifer, Patrick Taylor, Kory Lewis, and Matt Quick will transition from Associates in the firm to Principals. Matt will also assume the role of manager of our Phoenix office operations.
We are excited to embark on this new chapter, and we look forward to continuing to serve our airport clients and their communities.
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Coffman Associates has completed more than 1,000 airport planning assignments, including master plans, noise and land use studies, environmental documentation, and other complementary studies.
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