Thank you! (JFK CoC Luncheon of June 5, 2012)

A Thank You to all of our members and guests
that attended our luncheon on June 5, 2012!

Left to Right: Robert Caton (President JFK Airport Chamber), Bernard Gustin (CEO Brussles Brussels Airlines / Luncheon Speaker) and Henk Guitjens (Luncheon Chairman)

A special recognition to our scholarship awardees for 2012!

Left to Right: Ayana Brianne Miller (Works for TSA) – attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Christopher Regan (Mother works for Airport Medical Offices) – attending Purchase College, and Madeline Yee (father works for US Customs & Border Protection) – attending SUNY Purchase College.

More pictures from our luncheon are available for your viewing enjoyment

Welcoming Our Newest Member to JFK!

JFK International Airport Chamber of Commerce
Welcomes Our Newest Member to JFK on May 21, 2012

Left to right: John Parrino – General Manager of Sheltair/JFK and Robert Caton – President of JFK Chamber of Commerce

SHELTAIR at JFK International Airport is now OPEN!

Sheltair JFK is located on 4.53 acres of land just 15 miles from Manhattan and includes a remodeled, state-of-the-art 3,100-square-foot executive terminal, providing you with all the comforts and amenities you want and expect. Our friendly and helpful staff will meet all of your trip’s needs upon arrival, departure and anytime in between.

Our Services & Amenities:
24-hour U.S. Customs
Full-service FBO
GA/commercial ground handling
GA fueling
On-site Hertz rental cars
Complimentary beverages/snacks
Courtesy shuttle service
Catering services
Complimentary wireless internet
Flight planning room
Conference room
Pilots lounge
Passenger lounge
Available crew cars

Networking Event (May 2, 2012) Was A Success!

The JFK International Airport Chamber of Commerce thanks its members and guests who participated in Networking Event held on May 2, 2012 and a special recognition to:

for hosting the event!

Joseph V. Clabby – 3rd VP of JFK Chamber and President of Corporate Loss Prevention Associates

A special recognition to Congressman Meeks for taking time from his busy schedule to join us for the evening

Our Special Events Committee that was responsible for planning the Networking Event. L to R: Rudy Auslander (Chamber Executive Director), Bruce Abbate (Chamber Treasurer & Office Worx), Noreen Carro (LMN Printing), Philippa Karteron (Council of Airport Opportunity), Robert Caton (Chamber President & VP of Prologis), Millie Amsterdam (Chamber Director & Kellair) and Bud Heaning (Corporate Loss Prevention Associates)

JFK CoC Luncheon (June 5, 2012) [ENDED]


144-02 135th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11436

JUNE 5, 2012


Cocktail hour: 11:30am to 12:30pm
Lunch: 12:30pm


Bernard Gustin, CEO

Bernard Gustin is CEO of the leading airline flying from the European capital, “Brussels Airlines”. Bernard has the direct responsibility over commercial, marketing, network, communication, relationship with key stakeholders, strategy and IT. In 1993 Bernard Gustin began his carrier with Procter & Gamble. He left the company as Finance Manager Benelux and joined Arthur D. Little in 1999. During his carrier with ADL, Gustin was Partner, member of Arthur D. Little Benelux Management Committee and Head of Travel and Transport Practice. In 2008 Bernard Gustin was appointed co-CEO of “Brussels Airlines” together with Michel Meyfroidt.

$65 per person
Table of 10: $600


Reservations details (.pdf)

For information, call Rudy @ 917-945-8888

Networking Event (May 2, 2012) [ENDED]

MEMBERS ONLY: Click here to register online to attend this event for free.

NON-MEMBERS ONLY: Click here to download registration application form (pdf) and make a payment of $20.00.

Chamber Honors Its Director

JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce honors its Director, Phillip J. Jensen at the recent Networking event held on February 29th, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel – JFK.

Left to right: Robert Caton – President of JFK Airport Chamber of Commence, Phil Jensen – Director of JFK Chamber and Bruce Abbate – Director and Chairperson of the Chamber”s Special Events Committee


Close-up of the award

Phil Jensen joined Cargo Airport Services in February 2005 in the capacity of Director of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Jensen’s scope of responsibilities include developing new business and ground handling contracts and lease agreements and serving as the liaison to the airport and industry community. Phil has over thirty five years of aviation experience in International and Domestic airline operations, ground handling and administration and holds a BS Degree in Business Management.

Phil started his career with Braniff International and later worked in the Regional Airline Industry where he utilized his varied airline background to help start two new airlines, Atlantic Express and Long Island Airlines. His career also included Customer Service Manager for Northwest Airlines at LaGuardia Airport and as NW General Manager JFK where he orchestrated the Northwest and KLM alliance integration. Phil also served as Director of Sales and Services with Evergreen Aviation Ground Logistics Enterprises for JFK. In 2005 he joined Cargo Airport Services USA as part of their new management team and plans for expansion in the air cargo business. Today CAS is the largest cargo handler at JFK Airport with more than seventy airline customers in their system.

During his career Phil has been involved in many industry and community services. He served on numerous airport committees and was the 1999 President of the Kennedy Airport Airline Management Council (KAAMCO). As the 2000 President of the JFK Chamber of Commerce Phil helped establish a Chamber scholarship at the College of Aeronautics (now Vaughn College). Phil’s memberships and activities include KAAMCO, Director and past president JFK Chamber of Commerce, Board Member Airport Council for Economic Opportunity, Board Member JFK Air Cargo Association, Board Member Christ for the World Chapel and member of the JFK Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association and the Aircraft owners and Pilots Association. Phil was recently honored as The JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year 2011.

Phil and his wife Susan, live on Long Island with their children Kaitlin and Dylan. Kaitlin received a Masters Degree from CW Post College where Dylan is now enrolled as a freshman. Phil’s grown daughter, Dana, is working on her doctorate thesis at the University of Dallas.

Ernie Davis Memorial JFK Employee Scholarship Program

Ernie Davis was a retired Chief Inspector of US Customs at JFK. After his retirement he joined the JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce where he volunteered his services to many of our programs for a number of years.

Three annual scholarship distributions in the amount of $1,000 each will allow the Chamber to make a benevolent contribution to children of employees who work for and support the JFK Airport entities and peripherals that sustain airport operations.

Deadline for submitting applications is May 15, 2012


2012 Kick Off Networking Event [ENDED]

JFK International Airport Chamber of Commerce
is hosting: 


Free limited wine/beer ~ appetizers ~ cash bar!

FROM 5:30pm to 8:00pm
The New Hilton New York JFK Airport
(formerly Holiday Inn)
144-02 135th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11436

        • Meet members of the JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce!
        • Learn more about our Chamber of Commerce!
        • Open to all members and non-members

For more information, call 718-551-1593

(Space is limited!)
Registration close-out is February 27th, 2012

Register Online
Fax application form
(to be faxed to 718-559-6975)

Membership Renewal


December 2011

President’s Message:

I am honored to be the President of the John F. Kennedy International Airport Chamber of Commerce, representing a diverse grouping of businesses comprising what constitutes the JFK Airport Community.

I invite all of you to support our efforts to keep Kennedy Airport the “World’s Premiere Gateway.”

It’s important to note that JFK International Airport employs around 35,000 people, it’s business activity produces upwards of 229,000 jobs for the region, generates just short of $10 billion in wages-salaries and overall contributes more than $30 billion dollars in economic activity for the New York City region in a single year.

In the face of present and future economic uncertainties the JFK Airport community must become more diligent in its pursuit for stronger economic growth. While we can remain encouraged about the future there is also a strong need for intelligent and responsive advocacy of our community’s interests to deal with existing problems and new challenges.

Much of our continued success relies upon our ability to work together as a community through the creation of a stronger network of business partners.

The JFK International Chamber of Commerce in 2012 will be focusing our efforts in growing our membership, developing more opportunities for member interaction, and cultivate an environment to promote business growth.

The Chamber will continue its advocacy as one powerful voice to address concerns to the Federal, State and City Governments. Additionally, the Chamber will continue to expand on our already active and supportive relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to insure our goals for growth remain aligned.

Through your membership help us continue to play an active role in our city’s most prominent industry as we collectively work toward a better future.

Sincerely yours,

Robert Caton