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Airport Business Magazine honors two HNTB aviation experts with  “Top 40 Under 40” Award
California -- Dec 8, 2014 --

Two of HNTB Corporation’s aviation experts—James Long, PE, and Jennie Santoro, AIA, NCARB—were named as “Top 40 Under 40” award recipients by Airport Business Magazine. The annual award recognizes 40 aviation industry professionals under the age of 40 for their academic, professional and community achievements.

Both Long and Santoro are integral members of HNTB’s aviation infrastructure team on the West Coast.

Long joined the firm in July 2009 as a civil engineer after serving as an aviation intern. Appointed project manager in July 2014, he works closely with clients and contractors as the primary engineer on successful airfield projects at major commercial, private and military airfields.  His notable projects include the San Francisco International Airport Terminal 1 Redevelopment; Los Angeles International Airport Tom Bradley International Terminal Modernization, Runway 07L-25R Safety Improvements and United Airlines Terminal Redevelopment; and the Van Nuys Airport Runway 16R Rehabilitation. He is a private pilot and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he currently assists with student recruitment and mentoring projects. He also plays an active role in HNTB’s college recruiting program.

Santoro joined HNTB in 2006 as an architect, participating in all phases of design and documentation while working on convention centers and aviation projects in the Washington, DC office. She then relocated to San Diego, California, where she was successfully promoted to positions of increased responsibility. Appointed project architect in July 2014, she was involved in all phases and design of the San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 West Expansion including programming, design, documentation, stakeholder engagement and construction administration.  While working on this “Green Build” project, she became actively involved in an architecture, construction and engineering mentorship program for local high school students. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from The Catholic University of America.

“As a company and as individuals, HNTB is truly honored to be recognized by one of our nation’s leading aviation industry publications,” said Laddie Irion, HNTB national aviation market sector leader and senior vice president. “Both James and Jennie have demonstrated exceptional job commitment, industry involvement, and personal and professional achievement and we are proud to have such amazing young professionals on our aviation team.”

Airport Business Magazineis the most widely circulated and audited business publication that targets professionals who manage airports, airport-based businesses and corporate flight facilities in North America. Its more than 17,000 subscribers are critical to the safe operation of the North American air transportation system.

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. Celebrating a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit


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