Mitch Chokas, Jr. joins Lochner as Vice President and National Director of Aviation. Located in our Dallas office, Mitch brings 31 years of experience in airport planning, design, and construction; program management; and business development to further advance the firm’s established aviation practice.

Mitch has developed successful management plans, as well as implementation and phasing plans, for multi-billion-dollar airport programs. This experience lends to his ability to work alongside airport stakeholders including airlines, FAA, CBP, and the TSA.

Mitch has managed a variety of airport projects from initial programming to completion, all within budget and timely delivery. He is a subject matter expert in baggage handling systems, ramp systems, and other airport operations. Mitch was a key member of the implementation team for the $1.6 billion International Terminal Replacement Program (ITRP) at Houston Intercontinental Airport and the $2.7 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP) at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport.

“We are excited to add Mitch to the Lochner team. He has a proven record in developing project delivery strategies and creating a culture of collaboration through partnering, which results in successful program implementation and delivery. His unique experience and depth of knowledge will prove to be a great asset to our aviation team and the firm overall.” Phil Russell, PE, JD, Senior Vice President and Central Regional Team Leader.

Mitch is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives and Airport Consultants Council. He is also the co-founder of the American Airlines Fall Down Classic Golf Tournament that supports the Make-a-Wish Foundation. This annual fundraiser has become the largest single-day fundraising event for Make-A-Wish in the DFW area, providing eight to ten wishes every year.

Mitch Chokas, Jr.
Vice President and National Director of Aviation