Jorge RobertsChief Executive Officer at AvPorts
Mr. Roberts is the CEO of AvPORTS (formerly Pan Am World Services), which is America’s most experienced and trusted airport operator and manager. AvPORTS is currently owned by West Street Infrastructure Partners III, a family of infrastructure investment funds managed by the Merchant Banking Division of The Goldman Sachs Group.
His airport management and P3 (public-private partnership) investment career spans over twelve years. He previously led business development for the Carlyle Airport Group (CAG Holdings, the Carlyle Group’s airport platform), where he served as a Co-Founder and Vice President and co-led the proposal to redevelop the $7 billion Terminal One at JFK Airport, the largest P3 airport infrastructure project in US history.
Prior to Carlyle Airport Group, he was co-founding Vice-president for CCR USA, CCR Group’s US P3 airport-focused subsidiary. Prior to CCR USA, he was Co-founder of Sigma Infrastructure Partners, a P3 airport investment and advisory firm that merged with CCR Group to create CCR USA.
Prior to Sigma, Mr. Roberts was the VP of Corporate Development for Airports Worldwide (formerly ADC & HAS), a global P3 airport investment and operations platform formerly owned by Canada’s Ontario Municipal Retirement System (OMERS) in partnership with Houston Airports (HAS). At Airports Worldwide, he was responsible for leading P3 bids and acquisitions and overseeing the financial performance, air service development and risk management functions. He co-lead the company’s growth to become a global airport player with a portfolio of ten airports and oversaw the performance of TBI US, a US subsidiary which included a P3 Airport (Orlando Sanford) and five management contracts at US airports.
Prior to Airports Worldwide, he advised on M&A transactions in business services, aviation, transportation and infrastructure for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s investment banking practice.
Mr. Roberts is committed to community leadership and is passionate to develop the next generation of leaders in the aviation industry and beyond. He is currently a member of the President’s Advisory Board for Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York and a community ambassador for Management Leadership for Tomorrow, an organization that aims to increase women and minority representation within senior management in corporate America. He continues to be an advisor to the Washington State Model United Nations, an organization that has positively impacted over 6,000 high school and college students and which he founded over 20 years ago, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Affairs Council and the students at the University of Washington in Seattle.
He holds an International Airport Professional accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI) and ICAO’s airport management program, two degrees in Business and Economics from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.