Balram Bheodari

Chief Operating Officer
Houston Airports

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Balram Bheodari is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Houston Airport System (HAS). As the COO for HAS, he oversees strategic and business plan development, business process re-engineering, implementing of technologically complex projects, infrastructure programs and airport operations.

Previously Bheodari, was the General Manager of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). He was responsible for the daily operations of Houston's largest airport, with more than 53 million passengers, nearly 10 million international passengers, and more than 650 daily departures. Bheodari was in charge of the development and implementation of the airport's policies, procedures and standard operating procedures, and cost effective workforce planning. In addition, he also coordinated the preparation, implementation and execution of the budget for IAH.

With almost 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, Bheodari joined HAS in April 2015 after serving more than three year as the Aviation Deputy General Manager of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In Atlanta, he managed an annual operating budget of more than $170 million and an annual capital budget of more than $300 million. He led the activation process and opening of the Hartsfield-Jackson 1.2 million square feet international terminal in May 2012 that now accommodates more than 12 million international travelers each year.

Before becoming Aviation Deputy General Manager, Bheodari served as Interim Assistant General Manager for Operations, Maintenance and Security (OMS), which later was reorganized into two divisions (Public Safety and Security; Operations, Maintenance and Transportation). The OMS division comprised Airside Operations, Landside Operations, Airport Maintenance, Security, Ground Transportation, Airport Police, Airport Fire, Automated People Mover Systems and the Airport Centralized Command and Control Center.

In November 2009, Bheodari spearheaded the activation of Hartsfield-Jackson’s consolidated rental car center and the ATL SkyTrain automated people mover. He led the activation team responsible for the opening of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal in 2012.

In 2008, he received the American Association of Airport Executives’ Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation, which fewer than 10 percent of airport executives nationally have earned.

In 2011, Bheodari earned the International Airport Professional (IAP) accreditation from the Airports Council International and the International Civil Aviation Organization. Before arriving at the Department of Aviation in 1999, he was assigned to Third U.S. Army headquarters in Atlanta and served as a senior aviation adviser to the chief of aviation in support of operations in Southwest Asia.

Bheodari graduated from Troy University with a Bachelor of Science in aviation management. He also completed the Emory University Executive Education Management Development Program. He retired from the Army with 22 years of active military service in the aviation branch as an instrument-rated rotary wing pilot.

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