Saad Ilyas, President
Airports implement various projects that pertain to a variety of needs ranging from maintenance facilities, ancillary facilities, terminal refreshes & expansions, infrastructure enhancements, and concessions build-outs. Given the diverse nature of the scope and needs of the projects, it would be futile to adopt a single project management methodology and approach to implement each need. One size does not fit all. For managing several projects with distinctive requirements and various stakeholders, airport agencies need an experienced management consultant who can efficiently implement and deliver programs & their respective projects, utilizing various alternative project delivery tools and with a deep understanding of how airports operate.
This is where ASLPM, a certified MBE & DBE program & project management consulting firm, excels and delivers. The California-based company provides a wide range of professional services to assist its clients in successfully implementing development programs, with its culture of Service, Integrity, and Collaboration.
Airport agencies often face a challenge in selecting their consulting partner, who is a right “fit” to act in a staff augmentation or stand-alone capacity. This could be due to challenges in having the lack of emotional intelligence to collaborate, lack of thorough understanding of various stakeholders, or simply a lack of understanding of the needs. ASLPM succeeds in resolving these challenges by understanding the needs of the client and proactively identify the right type of resources that need to be augmented for success.
The company’s philosophy in project management revolves around planning ahead and having the appropriate controls in place, to prevent scope creep, yet being flexible to cater to the highly dynamic client’s needs.
“We utilize a very proactive approach into our process to understand the current and future needs of our clients, understanding critical milestones, and, most importantly, understanding funding challenges that could cripple development goals. We develop innovative solutions and provide resources that are the right fit, to assist with our client’s program &project development and building their infrastructure,” says Saad Ilyas, President of the company.
In addition, ASLPM assists their clients in developing their Capital Improvement Programs, cost & schedule management, project & construction management, and inspections that make them a team that can take any project from infancy to completion. The team’s deep understanding of the internal & external stakeholders & their challenges enables the team to provide innovative solutions.
What makes ASLPM stand out from any typical project management company is its efforts to exceed its level of service by adopting a company culture of Service with Integrity and Collaboration, and permeating this culture into the services they provide to their clients. “Integrity is key for us,” says Saad. “Every decision is made by utilizing our sniff test. If it does not smell right, it probably is not right,” he adds. Furthermore, the company strongly believes in mentoring the client’s teams to ensure that the client becomes stronger and more capable. “We are entering the client’s house as guests,” says Saad. “And we believe in leaving their house in better shape when we leave.” ASLPM achieves this by providing resources that who—in addition to having technical capabilities & managerial acumen, have the strong emotional intelligence to align and work with clients’ diverse culture and team members. “Our goal is to drown out the noise and focus on project & client success. This happens when all the team members are aligned for the same goal through complete alignment and collaboration,” says Saad.
While there are many success stories, their recent success at Mineta San Jose International Airport best exemplifies the company’s focus on client success. ASLPM turned around a distressed project at this airport into a successful one. The airport was facing problems with design completion and corresponding challenges with losing federal funding, due to a forecasted delay in completion. The team worked collaboratively with the stakeholders and the project staff to ensure the realignment of expectations and eventual project success.
Saad’s vision is to grow the company sustainably by providing dedicated services to clients, with the right team members, within and outside California, and expand into other markets.