Ed Young Joins GBA as New Aviation Market Leader


Nov. 17, 2015 – GBA is expanding its transportation services to include aviation. To help with the new focus, GBA has hired Ed Young as the aviation market leader. He will be headquartered in the Lenexa, KS office with efforts focused on growing GBA’s presence as a trusted partner with aviation consultants and airports within the FAA Central Region. Young’s specialties include airport planning, airspace, land acquisition, project financing, public engagement and environmental issues.


Ed Young“We’re looking to increase GBA’s transportation group to include all modes of transportation and offer a more well-rounded service to our clients and the community. Ed brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the aviation sector and we’re excited to grow this group with him,” said Jim Jarrett, GBA’s Bridge Group Principal and Vice President.


Ed brings 20 years of aviation experience, most notably as the Director of Aviation for the Kansas Department of Transportation, Aviation Division. During his time there the division was recognized with several awards including the President’s Award for Aviation from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Engineers. Along with Ed’s aviation experience he also spent several years in city and county government serving as a city administrator, county administrator and county counselor.


Most recently, Ed taught airport law and airport environmental planning for Kansas State Polytechnic (K-State Salina). He is a commercial pilot and flight instructor as well as a licensed attorney. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas, School of Law, a Master in Public Administration from the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Association of Airports, Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education and the Fly Kansas Foundation.


GBA was founded in Kansas City, Mo., in 1969 and today has 200 employees headquartered in eight offices in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois and Texas. The firm serves primary markets including building design, transportation, water environment, land planning, civil/site development, municipal engineering and surveying. Additional information is available at www.gbateam.com.