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Heather Mosley | SBJ

2023 40 Under 40: David J. Schaumburg

Springfield-Branson National Airport

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A career in the aviation industry reached a new altitude in 2021 for David J. Schaumburg.

The Springfield-Branson National Airport’s assistant director of aviation says he achieved his long-term goal to become an accredited airport executive. Schaumburg, 39, says the recognition from the American Association of Airport Executives is the pinnacle of designations in his industry. He’s worked at the Springfield airport since 2017, preceded by jobs at the Denton Enterprise Airport in Texas and Kansas City International Airport.

Schaumburg is active with Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise. He also is a graduate of Leadership Springfield Signature Class 35.

What about your job would shock people? I’m not the guy in the tower telling pilots where to land or the guy on the ground with the orange wands. Also, I don’t get free flights. 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. 

What is your best celebrity meeting/sighting story? I was at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. I saw a familiar face. I realized it was Will “Anchorman” Ferrell. Although the moment almost passed me by, I still yelled, “You stay classy, San Diego!” and I don’t regret it.

What is your favorite food item or drink to order in the Springfield area? Turkey burger from Lindberg’s and old fashioned from the Hepburn beneath Dapper Barber. 

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