Robert Strong

Robert Strong

Summary

Senior Government Executive with demonstrated success in directing domestic and international National Airspace System service/facility operation and technology implementation.

Successfully negotiated Engineer & Architect labor contract with $300M contract term savings

Led 9500 services/facilities operation to best in FAA performance for 3 consecutive years.

  • Agency system safety/performance goals exceeded for all years tracked.

Directed $1B in successful facility construction/transition projects on time and within budget.

  • Honolulu Combined facility and sensitive Diamond Head restoration completed ahead of schedule.   
  • N.CA Terminal Radar Approach Control consolidated 5-facilities with no impact to aviation.
  • Chicago Air Traffic Control/Terminal Radar Approach facilities transitioned with no air traffic delays.

Completed Micronesia air navigation facility construction and federalization (18 facilities).

  • Successfully concluded 3-Government, interagency agreement for FAA facility support.

Adept Strategist who remains pragmatic and focused in dynamic and fluid environments. 

  • Innovative resource utilization maximized efficiency, improved operations with 9% less staffing.
  • Embraced Collegiate Training Initiative to replace attrition and cut replacement labor costs 20%. 
  • Completed post-9/11 security accreditations at priority locations without impacting operations. 

Visionary Leader who is decisive and results-oriented with track record of mission goal accomplishment.

  • Reversed facility reliability decline to reduce air traffic delays from equipment by 75%.
  • Led creation of safety program/office refurbishment that eliminated OSHA recordable violations. 
  • Successfully mentored/coached 4 employees to executive ranks in the past 5 years.

Change Catalyst with unique ability to assemble and integrate successful management team initiatives; and Accomplished Spokesperson adept at connecting with diverse audiences and effectively selling ideas.

  • Realigned FAA’s regional operations organization (1200 employees) to reduce overhead 15%.
  • Reorganized FAA’s facilities implementation organization (1100 employees) to focus resources. 
  • Developed IT outsourcing plan that, when fully implemented, will provide $8M annual savings.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2005 - Present

FAA Executive

DOT/Federal Aviation Administration

Air Traffic Organization Executive Labor Contract Negotiation Lead. Currently leading negotiating team in Labor Contract negotiations with National Air Traffic Controllers Organization (NATCA)/Staff and Support Specialists.  Successfully negotiated Labor Contract with NATCA/Engineer & Architect with $300M contract term cost avoidance and savings.

Jan 2001 - Jan 2005

FAA Executive

DOT/Federal Aviation Administration

Airway Facilities Division Manager,Western-Pacific Region. Responsible for managing $150M annual budget and 1100 employees.  Detailed understanding of the National Air Space System and experience in leading, managing, and conducting the safe and efficient operation of air traffic control services.  Direct operations and maintenance of 9500 National Airspace System facilities and equipment. 

May 2001 - Jan 2005

FAA Executive

DOT/Federal Aviation Administration

Airway Facilities Division Manager, Great Lakes Region. Responsible for managing $150M annual budget and 1100 employees.  Detailed understanding of the National Air Space System and experience in leading, managing, and conducting the safe and efficient operation of air traffic control services.  Direct operations and maintenance of 9500 National Airspace System facilities and equipment. 

Education

Education

Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University

The Aspen Institute

The Federal Executive Institute
Sep 1977 - Jun 1979

MS Engineering Science

University of California, Berkeley
Sep 1973 - Sep 1977

BS

University of The State of New York