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Charles E. “Chilly” Ewing, Sr., Director of Concessions, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Oct 1, 2018
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Name: Charles E. “Chilly” Ewing, Sr.
Title: Director of concessions
Company, city: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Atlanta, Georgia
Number of employees: 63,000 employees overall; 6,000 in concessions
Recent project: Completing request for proposals for new concession vendors, and our Global Runway event
First job: As a youngster, I worked at a newsstand. Then I spent 27 years in the Air Force and served in Vietnam and Desert Storm.
Little-known fact about you: I love to ride motorcycles and I love to golf.

Your Business

What innovations/initiatives do you foresee in the industry over the next years? Airports are still playing catch-up with technology. I predict airports will follow the trends on the street when it comes to concessions: self-checkouts, seamless payments, increased speed of service.

Best career advice you’ve received: When I was in the military, I received a rolled-up scroll with 10 two-letter words to live by, attributed to anonymous: “If it is to be, it is up to me.”

What advice would you give someone starting out in the field? Be patient. Know what you want. Find the right opportunity and be willing to relocate. For someone starting at the airport, I’d say take a little time to get to know it. Things change constantly here.

Charles E. “Chilly” Ewing, Sr. as a Traveler

Favorite travel memory or story: Mostly during my 27 years with the United States Air Force, I’ve flown almost all but eight aeronautical hours around the world.

One travel tip you cannot live without: Always have screenshots of your travel documents. There are always phone issues, and this means you won’t have to move out of line.

Best advice for business travelers: Pack light. Most people don’t like to check bags, but I say get rid of the carry-on and check as much as possible.

About Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

In your opinion, what are the highlights of dining at ATL? The varied food choices are a highlight. I’m proud to say we boast quite a selection. Our dining options reflect on the city; we’ve brought in local restaurants. The airport serves as an introduction to Atlanta through its food choices. With 70 percent of our traffic connecting, the airport is our chance to highlight Atlanta and Georgia. This month, we host our fourth annual Taste of Hartsfield-Jackson, which really brings our food and beverage outlets together to benefit charity.

Tell us about Hartsfield-Jackson’s Global Runway. Global Runway is a fashion presentation and retail pop-up experience that allows us to spotlight our fashion and retail concessionaires, and we offer everything from the extravagant to the thrifty. Passengers, retailers and airport staff really enjoy the event. It also includes a silent auction that benefits Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit providing trips to Walt Disney World for children with chronic or terminal illnesses and their family.

What can travelers expect from ATL in 2019? We’ll replace the food and beverage outlets in international Concourse E. Also, 88 retail stores could be changed, with leases expiring. There are no first rights for incumbents; our goal is to refresh the options with what’s new and exciting today for our passengers.

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