As CEO of Midway Partnership, Sammy Patel leads Vantage’s non-aeronautical initiatives. Having joined Vantage in the UK in 2010 he moved to the corporate office in Vancouver shortly after and, following the successful bid for Chicago Midway International Airport, moved to Chicago in 2017.
Sammy is actively involved in projects throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean, including recently leading the commercial transition for the public–private partnership plan for the replacement of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport, a U$5.1 billion project. In Chicago, Midway Partnership doubled the number of concession jobs in less than a year, creating 1,400 new employment opportunities for local residents; grown sales by double-digit percentage points; and achieved the highest minority concessions business participation rate in the US.
By bringing a sharp perspective and clear humility that inspires clients and colleagues alike, Sammy has gained a proven track record in commercialising airport spaces. Before moving to North America he held management roles at airports in the UK including London Heathrow, Manchester and Liverpool.