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Hosted by industry veteran Matt Weitzel,  The GSE Podcast is your premier destination for exploring the exciting world of Ground Support Equipment (GSE). With over 15 years of hands-on experience, Matt has been at the epicenter of GSE evolution, working alongside many of the industry's major players and now leading the way at Xcēd GSE.

In The GSE Podcast, sponsored and published by Xcēd GSE, Matt shares his expert knowledge and unrivaled insights, bringing listeners closer to the latest GSE landscape trends. Each month, join Matt as he delves into in-depth conversations with industry insiders, discussing their latest innovations, experiences, and visions for the future of GSE.

The GSE Podcast is not just a podcast – it's a deep dive into the pulse of the GSE world. This podcast is your ticket to staying informed and inspired, from cutting-edge technologies to the stories behind your favorite GSE brands. Whether you're an industry professional, a GSE enthusiast, or simply curious about the mechanics that keep our airports running smoothly, there's a seat for you on this journey of discovery.

Tune in to The GSE Podcast – it's available wherever you get your podcasts. Join us as we chart the course of GSE's future, one episode at a time.

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Hosted by Matt Weitzel It is sponsored by Xcēd Ground Support Equipment Leasing: Leading the way in GSE leasing solutions. Discover more at xcedgse.com. Episode Overview:Join host Matt Weitzel for an insightful conversation with Daniel Burtis from Unifi, recorded at JBT headquarters in Florida. Explore the dynamic world of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) through the eyes of an industry expert. Guest Profile: Daniel Burtis, Senior GSE Buyer for Procurement at Unifi Manages GSE needs across Unifi's 200+ contracts with around 10,000 pieces of equipment.Key Discussion Points: Managing a vast GSE fleet across multiple stations Rapid contract fulfillment and procurement challenges Electrification trends and expectations in GSE The future of autonomous technology and telematics in GSE Unifi's commitment to safety and customer serviceSpecial Highlights: Insight into the increasing demand for GSE Balancing centralized fleet management with immediate contract needs Anticipated advancements in electric and autonomous GSE technology Closing Remarks: Join Matthew Weitzel and Daniel Burtis as they discuss the future of GSE and Unifi's role in the industry. Stay tuned for more GSE episodes on electrification, autonomous solutions, and telematics.Like and subscribe to The GSE Podcast for more insightful discussions and industry updates. Available on all major podcast platforms. Advertisement: Xcēd Ground Support Equipment Leasing: Your Partner for Success Xcēd remains at the forefront of GSE leasing solutions as we celebrate a decade of service. Whether you're ramping up for peak season or planning long-term growth, Xcēd adapts to your operational needs with top-notch equipment and flexible terms. Partner with Xcēd to ensure your ground operations are equipped for success today and prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. Visit xcedgse.com to learn more about how Xcēd drives excellence on the ground.
Hosted by Max Gosney, standing in for Matt WeitzelSponsored by Xcēd Ground Support Equipment Leasing: Offering long-term leases and short-term rentals for ground handlers and airlines. Explore their exceptional equipment and services at xcedgse.com.Episode Overview: Join us for a special live recording from the 24th GHI Annual Conference in Lisbon, hosted by Max Gosney, GHI Portfolio Director. This insightful panel discussion features top industry experts deliberating on the future of Ground Support Equipment (GSE).Panelists:•Valentin Schmitt, Group CEO, TLD•Brad Compton, Global Sales Director, Textron GSE•Jennifer Matasy, Chair Marketing Director, Aviation Ground Equipment Corp.•Dieter Bruneel, Group Director of Ground Operations, TUI Airlines•Mark Reppucci, Global Director of GSE Sales, Advanced Charging Technologies•Owen McKenna, Commercial Director, Mallaghan•Yves Crespel, Talent Director, Alvest Group Key Topics:•The evolution and future design of GSE: A look at how equipment design, power sources, and technology might change in the coming years.•Sustainable power sources and electrification: Insights into the role of electric, hybrid, and hydrogen power in GSE.•Autonomous vehicles in ground operations: Exploring the potential and challenges of implementing autonomous technology in GSE.•The importance of collaboration and communication among industry players to drive innovation and adapt to changing needs.Special Moments:•An engaging exchange of diverse perspectives on the pivotal trends shaping the GSE industry, from manufacturers to end-users.•A unique focus on ground operations safety, sustainability, and efficiency.•Insightful discussions about the current state of GSE and visionary predictions for the next decade.Closing Thoughts: Max Gosney wraps up the session with a call for audience engagement and suggestions for future topics. Stay tuned for more exciting episodes and in-depth discussions in the world of GSE.Take advantage of this captivating episode, filled with expert insights and forward-thinking ideas in the GSE industry! Available now on all major podcast platforms.
Sponsored by Xcēd Ground Support Equipment Leasing: Your premier choice for GSE solutions, offering a diverse range of top-quality equipment and flexible leasing options. Discover the advantages at xcedgse.com.Episode Overview: Join host Matthew Weitzel in a captivating discussion with Suzanne Woodward and Christian Eitner from JBT Aerotech. Recorded in the cozy setting of Christian's dining room, this episode dives into the latest advancements and strategic moves in the world of Ground Support Equipment (GSE).Acquisition of JBT Aerotech by Oshkosh Corporation: Suzanne Woodward sheds light on the recent acquisition of JBT Aerotech by Oshkosh Corp., discussing the exciting changes and future expectations. This acquisition marks a new era for JBT Aerotech, promising innovative advancements and focusing on technology and sustainability.AMP Cart - A Groundbreaking Mobile Charging Solution: Christian Eitner introduces the AmpCart, a revolutionary mobile charging station designed to bridge the gap in GSE electrification. This versatile solution caters to airports with limited charging infrastructure, allowing for the simultaneous charging of multiple electric GSE units. The AmpCart exemplifies JBT Aerotech's commitment to addressing the real-world challenges in GSE electrification.Expanding Electric and Hydrogen Options in GSE: The episode dives into JBT Aerotech's extensive range of electric GSE offerings and the exciting development of hydrogen-powered solutions. Christian discusses the potential and practicality of hydrogen as an alternative fuel source, highlighting the importance of adaptable and sustainable technologies in the GSE industry.Christian Eitner's Journey in the GSE Industry: Christian shares his personal journey in the GSE industry, reflecting on his experiences and the cultural insights gained from working in various global markets. His story is a testament to the dynamic and evolving nature of the GSE sector.Exploring Broader Applications of AMP Cart Technology: The discussion explores the potential of AmpCart technology beyond airports, highlighting interest from other industries like heavy construction and marine. This segment emphasizes the versatility and broad applicability of JBT Aerotech's innovations.Closing Thoughts: Matthew, Suzanne, and Christian wrap up the episode with insights into the future of GSE and the exciting possibilities ahead. The conversation underlines the importance of innovation, sustainability, and strategic partnerships in shaping the future of ground support equipment.Please tune in for this enlightening episode and stay updated on the latest GSE industry trends, available on all major podcast platforms.
Join host Matthew Weitzel as he gears up for the 24th Annual GHI Conference, a premier event in the ground support equipment industry. Broadcasting ahead of the conference, Matt is joined by Max Gosney, the Portfolio Director of GHI, and Jennifer Matasy, Executive Administrator of IAEMA, to discuss what attendees can anticipate from this year's gathering.Sponsored by Xcēd Ground Support Equipment Leasing: Your trusted partner for GSE solutions, offering top-tier equipment and flexible terms to cater to your needs. Dive into the world of GSE with Xcēd and explore their unmatched offerings at xcedgse.com.A Look into IAEMA: Jennifer Matasy delves into the history and mission of the International Airport Equipment Manufacturers Association (IAEMA), emphasizing its role in promoting and supporting the business interests of the GSE community.Football and Networking: The conference kicks off with a football event, providing a unique and fun networking opportunity. Max highlights some of the standout players in the GSE industry, showcasing the camaraderie and competitive spirit of the event.What's New at the 24th Annual GHI Conference: Max Gosney shares insights into the increasing popularity of the conference, with a record number of registered delegates. The event will feature the flagship one-to-one meeting service, product ground handling awards, a cargo zone, and special roundtables led by airport business leaders.Airports in Focus: This year's conference places a special emphasis on airports, exploring how they can better connect with handlers, airlines, and suppliers. The goal is to foster discussions around the electrification of the ramp, digitization, and enhancing the overall passenger experience."GHI Annual Preview": Inside the 24th Annual GHI Conference with Max Gosney & Jennifer Matasy offers listeners an in-depth look into the preparations and highlights of the upcoming GHI Conference. From football networking events to engaging panels, this episode is a must-listen for anyone keen on staying updated with the latest in the GSE industry.Tune in for more enlightening discussions, available wherever you get your podcasts!
Join host Matt Weitzel as he dives deep into the world of ground support equipment with Gabe Sampson from Averest. Broadcasting from JBT headquarters in Orlando, Florida, this episode promises a blend of industry insights, personal anecdotes, and a look into the future of GSE.Sponsored by Xcēd Ground Support Equipment Leasing: Your trusted partner for GSE solutions, offering top-notch equipment and flexible terms to suit your needs. Dive into the world of GSE with Xcēd and discover their unparalleled offerings at xcedgse.com.A Glimpse into the Past: Gabe Sampson shares his journey into the GSE industry, from his engineering days at Southern Polytechnic State University to his time at Delta Airlines and eventual venture into electric vehicle technology.The Evolution of Airport Infrastructure: The episode delves into the changing landscape of airport infrastructure, highlighting the shift from airlines buying chargers to airports taking on that responsibility. The challenges and benefits of this transition are discussed in detail.The Lithium Revolution: The industry's move from lead acid to lithium-ion batteries is explored. Gabe recounts the initial skepticism surrounding lithium batteries and how they eventually gained traction in the GSE landscape.Stories from the Tarmac: Gabe shares memorable GSE stories, emphasizing the hands-on nature of the industry and the passion of those who work within it.Looking Ahead: The conversation touches upon the future of GSE, focusing on the increasing interest in electric technology and the potential challenges and opportunities it presents."Charging Forward": Inside Averest with Gabe Sampson offers listeners a comprehensive look into the ever-evolving world of ground support equipment. From personal stories to industry trends, this episode is a must-listen for anyone keen on understanding the intricacies of GSE.Tune in for more insightful discussions, available wherever you get your podcasts!
Join host Matt Weitzel in this special edition of The GSE Podcast as the anticipation mounts for the GSE Expo, the ground support equipment industry's flagship event. Broadcasting from the heart of the preparations, Matt is joined by Bill Baumann, Aviation Group Publisher, and Josh Smith, Editor of Ground Support Worldwide, to unveil what's in store for this year's attendees. Bill Baumann and Josh Smith share their insights into the evolution of the GSE Expo. From its humble beginnings to its current grandeur, they paint a vivid picture of the expo's journey and its significance in the GSE landscape. The episode takes listeners on a virtual tour of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the new venue for the expo. With its expansive space and state-of-the-art facilities, it promises to be a game-changer for exhibitors and attendees. As the trio dives more profoundly, they discuss the exciting changes on the horizon, including diverse food truck options and the introduction of the "Ground Support Team of the Year" award. This new accolade aims to recognize and celebrate the unsung heroes of the industry, the teams that work tirelessly behind the scenes. "Gearing up for the GSE Expo": Inside the GSE Expo with Bill Baumann & Josh Smith offers a blend of personal anecdotes, industry insights, and a sneak peek into the preparations for the GSE Expo. A must-listen for anyone keen on getting a head start on what to expect from the industry's most awaited event. Xcēd ground Support Equipment Leasing, your trusted partner for GSE solutions, proudly sponsors this episode of The GSE Podcast. Dive into the world of GSE with Xcēd and discover their unparalleled offerings at xcedgse.com. Tune in for more riveting discussions, available wherever you get your podcasts! 
Join host Matt Weitzel in this enlightening episode of "The GSE Podcast" as he travels to Windsor, Connecticut, to visit TLD's North American headquarters. Nestled in a picturesque New England setting, this episode dives deep into the world of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) with industry expert Jeff Barrett.With over five years at TLD and a rich history with Textron, Jeff Barrett shares his unique journey from the automotive and golf sectors to the dynamic realm of GSE. His transition, marked by leadership and innovation, has been instrumental in shaping TLD's vision for the future.The episode is nostalgic as Jeff reminisces about his early days at TLD, highlighting the company's collaboration with Amazon Air. Jeff provides a firsthand account of Amazon Air's meteoric rise in the cargo space from its infancy to its current stature.As the conversation shifts gears, the focus turns to the future of GSE - electrification. Jeff delves into TLD's impressive lineup of electrical products, from baggage tractors to cargo loaders. The highlight? The JET-16 electric bag tractor and the innovative hybrid solutions bridge the gap between traditional and electric GSE.Telemetry, a game-changer in the GSE industry, is also discussed. Jeff elaborates on how TLD's telemetry system, linked with its warranty system, ensures quality and efficiency from the production floor to the tarmac."Electrifying the Future: A GSE Evolution with Jeff Barrett" is a blend of personal narratives, industry insights, and a glimpse into the electrified future of GSE. A must-listen for those keen on understanding the next phase of ground support equipment. Available wherever you get your podcasts! Dive in as we navigate the electrifying journey of GSE with TLD.Xcēd ground Support Equipment Leasing, your trusted partner for GSE solutions, proudly sponsors this episode of The GSE Podcast. Discover Xcēd GSE's unparalleled offerings and their latest inventory at xcedgse.com. Stay tuned and immerse yourself in these captivating discussions, available wherever you get your podcasts!
Join host Matt Weitzel in this riveting episode of "The GSE Podcast" as he ventures to the heart of Newnan, Georgia, visiting the US headquarters of Mallaghan. Set against the backdrop of Mallaghan's state-of-the-art facility, this episode exudes vibrant energy, amplified by the in-person interactions with industry veterans John Cameron and Joe Griffith. With his rich engineering background, John Cameron delves deep into his transition from the oil and gas sector to the dynamic world of GSE. His journey, marked by innovation and leadership, culminates in his current role as the Chief Operating Officer at Mallaghan. Joe Griffith, the commercial manager for the Americas, shares his inspiring ascent from a mechanic at Delta to spearheading sales and service at Mallaghan. His story, intertwined with the growth of Mallaghan's Newnan facility, is a testament to dedication and vision. The episode takes an emotional turn as Joe recounts the touching story of Shane McMahon, a young Mallaghan team member whose tragic passing deeply impacted the company. In his memory, Mallaghan initiated an annual charity golf tournament, raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention. As the conversation shifts gears, the duo provides a sneak peek into Mallaghan's upcoming showcase at the GSE Expo. With a focus on electrification, Mallaghan is set to unveil groundbreaking products that promise to redefine the GSE landscape. "Innovation for Aviation" seamlessly blends personal narratives, industry insights, and a glimpse into the future of GSE. A must-listen for those keen on understanding the evolution of ground support equipment. Available wherever you get your podcasts! Dive in as we chart the course of GSE's future, one enlightening episode at a time. This episode of The GSE Podcast is proudly sponsored by Xcēd ground support equipment leasing, your trusted partner for tailored GSE solutions. Discover more about Xcēd GSE's unparalleled offerings and their latest inventory at xcedgse.com. Stay tuned and immerse yourself in these captivating discussions, available wherever you get your podcasts!
Welcome to Episode 4 of The GSE Podcast, proudly sponsored by Xcēd ground support equipment leasing. This episode, titled "Dinner on a Beach": GHI Americas Recap," takes you on a journey through the 7th America's GHI conference in Punta Cana.  Our host, Matt Weitzel, engages in insightful conversations with four industry leaders:    Max Gosney, the GHI Portfolio Director, and Conference Chairman  David Kennedy, Chief Customer Officer at Quantum aviation solutions  Suzanne Woodward, Global Marketing Manager for JBT Aerotech  Raven Honsaker, Director of Aftermarket for Textron GSE  In this episode, you'll discover:  The unique atmosphere and networking opportunities at the GHI conferencePersonal "peak and pit" experiences of each guest from the conferenceThe significance of the GHI conference for professionals in the ground support equipment industryThe evolving role of technology and digitalization in GSEThe challenges and strategies involved in maintaining and upgrading equipmentWhether you're a seasoned GHI attendee or considering attending your first conference, this episode offers a comprehensive inside look at the GHI conference and its impact on the industry Don't forget to check out our sponsor, Xcēd ground support equipment leasing, at xcedgse.com to explore their top-tier ground support equipment solutions.   Stay tuned for more enlightening discussions on The GSE Podcast!
Join host Matt Weitzel in episode three of "The GSE Podcast" as he sits down with Patrick McDowell from JBT AeroTech, right in their home city of Orlando, Florida. This in-person interaction, set against the backdrop of JBT AeroTech's bustling facility, brings a unique energy to this episode. During a pre-interview tour, Matt witnesses Xcēd equipment assembly and the company's inner workings firsthand.Patrick shares his intriguing transition story, moving from Memphis to Orlando and shifting from working for a cargo airline to his current role at JBT AeroTech. Delving into his diverse background, Patrick unveils his extensive experience in GSE purchasing and his unique family history, interwoven with NBA fame and sports commentary - providing an amusing twist to his comfort with podcasting equipment.The conversation progresses to an in-depth exploration of JBT AeroTech's impressive product line, featuring pushbacks, cargo tractors, cargo loaders, deicers, and the groundbreaking "Amp Cart." Making its public debut on our podcast, the Amp Cart, a cutting-edge mobile power station designed to charge electric GSE, presents a promising solution for airports lacking the infrastructure for electric GSE.The episode wraps up with a flavorful detour, paying tribute to the famed Memphis BBQ. "From the Court to the Tarmac" fuses personal anecdotes, industry insights, and thrilling product announcements, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in the fast-paced world of GSE. Available wherever you get your podcasts! Tune in and join us as we continue mapping the trajectory of GSE's future, one episode at a time.This episode of The GSE Podcast was recorded before the acquisition of JBT AeroTech by Oshkosh Corporation in an $800 million all-cash transaction. With AeroTech's proven prowess in aviation ground support products, Oshkosh Corporation anticipates a symbiotic integration, further strengthening its position in the vocational segment."The GSE Podcast" is brought to you by Xcēd GSE, a leading ground support equipment lessor offering operating leases. Learn more about Xcēd GSE's services and their latest inventory at xcedgse.com. Don't miss out on these enriching discussions - tune in wherever you get your podcasts! 
In the second installment of "The GSE Podcast", hosted by Matt Weitzel from Xcēd GSE, we delve into the world of electric Ground Support Equipment (GSE) with guest Rob Lamb, VP of Sales & Marketing at Charlatte America. With its electric bag tractors and belt loaders, Charlatte America stands at the forefront of electric GSE production in the United States. This episode shines a light on the journey of Charlatte America and its pursuit of electric innovation in the GSE space, particularly focusing on their groundbreaking new electric cargo tractor with an incredible 60,000 lbs pull capacity.This candid conversation between Matt and Rob takes listeners down memory lane to their initial encounter at Memphis back in 2008. Despite being competitors at the time, working for different manufacturers, they formed a lasting friendship, a testament to the bonds and camaraderie within the GSE industry. The term "Bulletproof", which lends this episode its title, signifies Charlatte America's enduring commitment to robust engineering and innovation, personified by their proprietary axle design. This conversation goes beyond just technology and product design, to delve into how Rob's fluency in Spanish has proven instrumental in the GSE sales world, showcasing the importance of diversity and skills beyond the technical realm in this industry.Listeners are also given a preview of the forthcoming launch of Charlatte's new electric cargo tractor at the GSE Expo in Las Vegas.Brought to you by Xcēd GSE, a leading ground support equipment lessor offering operating leases, "The GSE Podcast" provides you a first-hand perspective into the inner workings of the GSE industry. Discover more about Xcēd GSE's services and the latest inventory at xcedgse.com, and make sure to tune in to this enlightening discussion wherever you get your podcasts!
In our inaugural episode of "The GSE Podcast," join your host, Matt Weitzel, as he reconnects with long-time colleague and friend Brad Compton from Textron GSE. With a shared history spanning over 15 years in the industry, Matt and Brad delve into their treasure trove of experiences, reminiscing about the past while discussing the shifting landscape of Ground Support Equipment (GSE).Their conversation traverses through time and innovation, from the early days of their careers at Textron GSE to the present, bringing fascinating insights and personal anecdotes to the forefront. The duo explores the transformative changes in the industry, examining how advancements in technology and increasing environmental consciousness have reshaped GSE.A highlight of the episode is an exclusive deep dive into Textron GSE's latest breakthrough – the Endurance, their newest electric tractor. Brad provides an inside look at this cutting-edge product, discussing its unique features, capabilities, and the exciting potential it holds for the future of sustainable GSE.This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the evolution of GSE and the exciting innovations paving the way for a greener and more efficient industry. You can tune in for an engaging mix of industry nostalgia, expert insights, and a glimpse into the future of GSE."The GSE Podcast" is sponsored by Xcēd GSE, a leading ground support equipment lessor offering operating leases. Discover more about Xcēd GSE's services and their latest inventory at xcedgse.com. Tune in wherever you get your podcasts for an immersive journey into the world of GSE!
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