Kim Day was destined for a career in aviation. As a U.S. Air Force brat, Kim was exposed to travel and airplanes at an early age. She developed a love of travel, despite being dragged with her brother to every Civil War battlefield in America. Her interest in airports came after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree from Cornell University, and practicing architecture for more than 20 years. After working on office buildings, hotels, and prisons (hotels without the nice finishes and furniture), she began work on airports – and found her passion.
Kim’s new-found passion led a transition from the private sector to Los Angeles World Airports—the agency that manages Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, and Palmdale Regional Airport. There she initially oversaw design and construction, and later was appointed as executive director.
In 2007, she traveled to Denver to interview with then-Mayor John Hickenlooper for the position of manager of aviation for Denver International Airport (DEN). Mayor Hickenlooper recognized her architectural background as a skillset that not only includes the ability to create a vision but also the love of follow through to achieve it...[Continue Reading]