Sammy Patel is Vice President of Commercial for Vantage Airport Group and Chief Executive Officer of Midway Partnership. He is also a member of the company’s executive team. Sammy is responsible for the company’s commercial strategy and commercial operations globally. His responsibilities include developing the company’s commercial growth and revenue initiatives, forming new business partnerships, providing global functional support and the strategic direction of Midway Partnership.
In 2017, Sammy was appointed CEO of Midway Partnership, an innovative joint venture led by Vantage responsible for the concession redevelopment at Chicago’s Midway International Airport. This first-of-a kind concession development model has begun transforming the dining and shopping experience for 22m passengers passing through ever year. With a projected investment of $75 million, the project has already had a transformational impact to the communities in Chicago, achieving the highest minority concession business participation rate in the United States at 56% in 2020; and on track to creating 1,400 new employment opportunities for residents, and doubling revenue.
From 2015 to 2017, he led Vantage’s commercial transition efforts for the public-private partnership plan to replace New York’s Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport. Valued at $5.1 billion, the project is one of the largest public-private partnerships in the history of the United States and the largest in U.S. aviation.
Originally from United Kingdom, Sammy has lived and worked worldwide and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining Vantage, Sammy held management roles at airports in the United Kingdom, including London Heathrow, Manchester, and Liverpool. He is a member of the Airport Minority Advisory Council, American Association of Airport Executives, Wings Club, and Royal Aeronautical Society. He also serves on the Membership Committee for the Economic Club of Chicago, as an Advisor to the LyftUp Charitable Foundation and the Airport Council International – North America Commercial Management Committee.
Sammy has a proven track record in commercializing airport spaces and creating growth potential, Sammy brings a sharp perspective and clear humility that inspires clients and colleagues alike.