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Airports Council International-North America
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2012-2013
Board of Directors
Executive Committee


David N. Edwards, Jr.

Chairman
President & CEO
Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District

Mark M. Reis
First Vice Chairman
Managing Director
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

James C. Cherry
Second Vice Chairman
President & CEO
Aéroports de Montréal

Maureen Riley
Secretary-Treasurer
Executive Director
Salt Lake City Department of Airports

Thella F. Bowens
Immediate Past Chair
President & CEO
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Greg Principato
President
ACI-NA

Directors
Robert M. Ball

Executive Director
Lee County Port Authority
Fort Myers, Fla.

Lew Bleiweis
Airport Director
Asheville Regional Airport Authority
Asheville, N.C.

Kim Day
Manager of Aviation
Denver International Airport
Denver

Marilynne Day-Linton
Chair of the Board
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Toronto

Mario Christopher Diaz
Director of Aviation
Houston Airport System
Houston

Howard Eng
President & CEO
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Toronto

Deborah Ale Flint
Director of Aviation
Port of Oakland
Oakland

Kitty P. Freidheim
President
Freidheim Consulting
Chicago

John Gibson
President & CEO
Prince George Airport Authority
Prince George, B.C.

Herbert H. Hilliard
Commissioner
Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Memphis, Tenn.

John L. Martin
Airport Director
San Francisco Airport Commission
San Francisco

Mario Rodriguez
Director
Long Beach Airport
Long Beach, Calif.

Tom Ruth
President & CEO
Halifax International Airport Authority
Halifax, N.S.

Susan M. Stevens
Director of Airports
Charleston County Aviation Authority
Charleston, S.C.

Dr. Sylvia Y. Stewart
Commissioner
Jackson Municipal Airport Authority
Jackson, Miss.

Marsha A. Stone
Senior Director of Finance
Indianapolis Airport Authority
Indianapolis

Paul J. Wiedefeld
Executive Director
Maryland Aviation Administration
Baltimore


2012 World Business
Partners/ Associates
Board of Directors
Executive Committee


Kitty P. Freidheim
Chair
President
Freidheim Consulting
Chicago

Loy Warren
Vice Chair
National Aviation Leader
Kimley-Horn & Associates
Irving, Texas

Steven T. Baldwin
Immediate Past Chair
President
Steven Baldwin Associates
Albany

Frank R. Miller
ACI-NA Board Liaison
Aviation Director
San Antonio Aviation Department
San Antonio

Directors
David Bannard
Partner
Foley & Lardner
Boston

Roddy L. Boggus
Senior Vice President
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Dallas

Paul Bowers
Publisher
Airport Improvement magazine
Brookfield, Wis.

Kevin Dolliole
Senior Vice President
Unison Consulting
Chicago

David Full
Director
Vice President
RS&H
San Francisco

Evan C. Futterman
President & CEO
Futterman Consulting
Springfield, Va.

Lynn Gordon
Vice President
Arconas
Mississauga, Ontario

Lynn Leibowitz
President
Leibowitz & Horton Airport Management Consultants
Greenwood Village, Colo.

Robert Stanton
Vice President
Delaware North Companies
Herdon, Va.

Keith Thompson
Principal
Gensler
Newport Beach, Calif.

 

 
     
     
 
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Top Stories
 10-24-12
 
     
     
   
 
Hot Topics
FAA Clarifies Radar Data Policy in ACI-NA Webinar
During an Oct. 18 webinar sponsored by ACI-NA, the FAA explicitly stated it is not planning to cut off airport access to radar data by a specific date as it strives to implement a new policy.
Pension Accounting Rules Subject of Nov. 7 Webinar
A free webinar will be presented on Nov. 7 to review issues on pension and other post-employment benefits. The 75-minute webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. EST and advance registration is required.
Airport Hurdle Rate Policy Taskforce Developing a White Paper
The ACI-NA Finance Committee formulated a taskforce to start developing a white paper describing how to develop an airport-by-airport specific minimum rate-of-return for projects (Hurdle Rate), with descriptions, examples, and considerations for implementing policy, procedures and methodologies used to develop an objective framework for project prioritization and justification using risk assessment and rate-of-return evaluation.
TRB Sponsoring Free Webinar on Airport Governance and Ownership
The findings of three Airport Cooperative Research Program research projects will be featured in a free Nov. 14 webinar on airport governance and ownership models. Advance registration is required for this Noon EST seminar.
ACI-NA Goes Mobile
ACI-NA member communications are now available through a convenient mobile portal, optimized for browsing on any smartphone, tablet, or other Web-enabled mobile device. You can save a shortcut to the ACI-NA mobile portal on your home screen for one-click access.
Events On Approach

Qdoba Keynote Speech at Airport Concessions Conference
Fast-casual brands are becoming increasingly popular choices for airports and travelers. At the
2012 Airport Concessions Conference, Nov. 12-14 in Denver hear from Gary Beisler, CEO of Qdoba Mexican Grill. He will speak from experience about the shift toward fast-casual dining at airports, drawing from Qdoba’s own successes as a brand that took its restaurant from the street to the terminal. With six airport locations and another four in development, Qdoba’s first airport concept opened in Seattle in 2005 to above-average sales. Since then, this location has grown significantly and even at just 900 square feet in size, this location posted sales of $4 million over the last year, making it the highest volume store in the system.

Registration for the conference remains open and an updated agenda has been posted. Contact the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel at 303-893-3333 to reserve a room.

International Aviation Issues Seminar Agenda
The 2012 International Aviation Issues Seminar, Dec. 5-6 in Washington brings together top airport and airline management, government officials and consultants, to explore an agenda filled with the latest developments in international air travel, government air transport policies and negotiations and facilitation policies/procedures which impact airports' ability to retain and secure new international air service.

Nov. 16 is the last day to receive the early bird conference rate and the special group rate of $249 at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington Hotel. Call the hotel directly at 202-347-3000 or toll free at 1-800-228-7697.

Preliminary Agenda for Customer Service Seminar
Designed to examine the latest trends and best practices in airport customer service, the ACI-NA Customer Service Seminar on Jan. 22-24 in Amelia Island. The agenda offers airport customer service professionals the tips, tools and interactive opportunities they need to maximize their airports' effectiveness in delivering a first-class customer experience.

Dec. 31 is the last day to receive the early bird conference rate and special group rate of $185 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Hotel. Call the hotel directly at 904-277-1100 or toll-free at 1-800-241-3333.

See upcoming ACI-NA Events

Committee Update
Business Diversity Committee

The ACI-NA Business Diversity Committee has reviewed the DOT/FAA’s final rule implementing improvements in the Part 23 Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Concessions Program similar to those adopted in 2011 in the Part 26 program.  ACI-NA staff and several members of the committee attended an FAA training conference for airports in August, during which regulatory guidance and training on these programs, as well as other FAA programs overseen by the Office of Civil Rights, were provided. The committee has monitored the FAA’s progress in issuing its revised Long-Term and Exclusive Use Concessions Agreement Guidance, for which ACI-NA and the committee provided comments on June 4. The final version of the guidance is expected to be issued prior to year’s end.

 

A large part of the Business Diversity Steering Group’s efforts over the past several months has been devoted to the development of criteria for two proposed new annual ACI-NA awards.  One such award would be given to an airport and the other would be given to an associate each designated as an “inclusion champion.” Proposed criteria for each awards relates to three separate criteria:

  1. Business Inclusion:  The airport or associate must demonstrate practices that result in positive participation of small businesses in relation to the overall procurement of the airport.  Opportunities should include concessions, construction, design, suppliers and professional services.  Small business participation must include multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, gender diversity and all other groups represented in its region. 

  2. Workforce Inclusion:   The airport or associate will be scored on its employment practices that demonstrate inclusion and diversity.  Programs will be scored based on recruitment practices that demonstrate inclusion of multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and gender diversity of workforce. 

  3. Development:  Airport and associates will be scored on their programs to develop future aviation industry professionals and promote inclusion of all individuals, especially in public educational and/or vocational institutions and colleges and universities in their geographic areas.

In September, the committee met in Calgary to discuss upcoming elections of new Steering Group members for 2013 and address other pending committee business. The committee will also meet from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Nov. 12 during the ACI-NA Concessions Conference in Denver. Members of Steering Group will also lead a roundtable discussion, “Monitoring Compliance on Joint Venture Agreements,” on Nov. 14 during the conference.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Monica Hargrove for more information.

Learn more about ACI-NA Committees and Programs

People on the Move

Barry Rempel
Barry Rempel, CEO of the Winnipeg Airports Authority, has been appointed the first-ever honorary colonel of 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Nicholas Johnson
Steven Baldwin Associates has hired Nicholas Johnson as an associate. Johnson most recently was an operations supervisor at of Albany International Airport.

MWAA’s New Directors
Four new members were recently appointed to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors, they include: Earl Adams, Jr., an attorney with DLA Piper; Lynn Chapman, president of NVS, a technology and business consulting firm; Barbara Lang, CEO of D.C. Chamber of Commerce; and Caren Merrick, a partner with Bibury Partners, an investment and advisory firm.

New CATSA Leadership
Lloyd McCoomb, former CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, has been appointed chair of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Board of Directors for a four-year term. And, Peter Wallis was appointed to the board for a three-year term. Wallis is a director of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority and CEO of the Van Horne Institute, a transportation policy institute at the University of Calgary.

Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Directors
Harris Miller Miller & Hanson announced the appointment of five new directors to its board. The appointments include:  Thomas J. Kinton, Jr., an international aviation consultant and former CEO of Massachusetts Port Authority; Dick Orton, a retired business executive; Jason Ross, leader of HMMH's Rail Services Group; Vinnie Khera, manager of HMMH's Washington office; and Stephen Barrett, HMMH’s clean and renewable energy projects manager.

 

From the Members ...

Report Confirms Positive Economic Impact From Fort McMurray Airport
On Oct.16, the Fort McMurray Airport Authority released a report about the airport’s significant positive economic impact on the community. The results for 2011 include value-added GDP expenditures of $245 million, and a total impact of $363 million.

Board Considers $80 Million Port Columbus Terminal Modernization
The Columbus Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors presented on Oct. 23 a three-year, $80 million terminal renovation and modernization program, which incorporates a major facelift for the ticket lobby, baggage claim and Concourses A, B and C as well as mechanical, technological and security upgrades.

San Diego Wins Award for Air Pollution Control
San Diego International Airport’s “Green Taxi” initiative, made possible through a public-private partnership involving San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the California Center for Sustainable Energy, and other partners, recently won an Environmental Excellence Award from the Industrial Environmental Association.

Halifax Stanfield: Powerful Economic Engine, Significant Employer
According to an economic impact report released on Oct. 23, Halifax Stanfield International Airport is a valuable provincial asset, worth $1.26 billion to the Nova Scotia economy in 2011.

BWI Welcomes New Service From Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines announced its April 2013 schedule update, which included two new markets for Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Southwest, will operate daily service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Southwest will serve Flint, Michigan.

LAWA Awards Contract for Rehabilitation of Van Nuys Runway
On Oct. 15, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved a $13.9 million contract to Security Paving Company, for rehabilitation of the main runway at Van Nuys Airport. Runway 16R stretches 8,000 feet and is one of two runways at the airport.

Major Retail Projects Coming to Orlando Executive Airport
Three major projects are coming to Orlando Executive Airport. The first project is the approval of a new 74-room Microtel to be operated by Wyndham hotels. The second project approved by the airport’s board was the development of a new Gordon Food Service Marketplace Food Store, and the third project is the construction of a new Wawa Food Market and gas station.

New Shops in Store for Detroit’s McNamara Terminal
A transformative new retail program for the McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport was approved by the Wayne County Airport Authority Board on Oct. 17. The new program, which will include a more than $13 million in retailer investment which will include the launch of six new concepts not yet found in any airport worldwide.

Amsterdam Schiphol Extends HMSHost Contract
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and HMSHost announced on Oct. 17 the extension of the current food and beverage contract until 2027. This agreement covers all 75 HMSHost food and beverage locations at the airport. Operations are expected to generate overall revenues of around €2 billion

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Blog: Airline Baggage Fees Costs Taxpayers
In his
latest blog, ACI-NA President Greg Principato notes that as airlines raise fees instead of fares, taxpayers pick up the tab. The move is costing the U.S. Treasury millions. This isn’t new news to readers of Greg’s blog, but it further points to the need to reform the way the U.S. supports airports.

New Research Posted
Addressing Uncertainty about Future Airport Activity Levels in Airport Decision Making: This Airport Cooperative Research Program provides a systems analysis methodology that augments standard airport master planning and strategic planning approaches. The methodology includes a set of tools for improving the understanding and application of risk and uncertainty in air traffic forecasts as well as for increasing the overall effectiveness of airport planning and decision making.

 

Info Desk
U.S. Tourism Spending Slows in Second Quarter

The growth rate for spending on U.S. tourism and travel slowed in the second quarter fueled in part by a drop in air travel. According a report Tuesday from the U.S. Commerce Department, tourism spending grew at an annualized rate of 2.1 percent in the second quarter. In the first quarter, the growth rate was 4.9 percent.

 

Passenger air transportation decreased 3.6 percent in the second quarter of 2012 after increasing 9.8 percent in the first quarter.

Hot Topics Full Text
FAA Clarifies Radar Data Policy in ACI-NA Webinar

During an Oct. 18 webinar sponsored by ACI-NA, the FAA explicitly stated it is not planning to cut off airport access to radar data by a specific date as it strives to implement a new policy.

 

In a January policy decision, the FAA decided to limit airport access to its radar data, which many airports utilize in their noise abatement programs. Over the summer, the FAA began informing vendors and airports that existing direct transfers of radar data between local TRACONs and airports would need to be transitioned to “approved” data sources.

 

Implementation of the policy has been confusing and these policy changes have been inconsistently communicated to airports by the FAA Air Traffic Organization, resulting in consternation among airport noise managers and airside operations officials at several member airports. 

 

During the event, the FAA clarified the reasons for the policy changes as well as their timeline for implementation and likely impacts on airport operators. FAA staff also stated that they were committed to working directly with airport operators during the transition process. 

 

The webinar was attended by over 100 participants including AAAE staff and members, who were also invited to participate.

 

ACI-NA has posted materials from the webinar on our website.

Contact ACI-NA’s Chris Oswald or Katherine Preston for more information.

Pension Accounting Rules Subject of Nov. 7 Webinar

A free webinar will be presented on Nov. 7 to review issues on pension and other post-employment benefits. The 75-minute webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. EST and advance registration is required.

 

Sponsored by the Accounting/Financing Working Group of the ACI-NA Finance Committee, the session will feature two speakers. Blake R. Rodgers, a practice fellow of the Government Accounting Standards Board, will provide a Government Accounting Standards Board update on accounting pronouncements on pension accounting, upcoming projects on benefits accounting, and other current accounting issues. Jim Gill, CFO of the Pittsburgh International Airport, will report on the findings of the recent ACI-NA pension and other post-employment benefits survey.

 

Attendees will have the opportunity to earn 1.5 CPE credits by participating in this upcoming webinar.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Liying Gu for more information.

Airport Hurdle Rate Policy Taskforce Developing a White Paper

The ACI-NA Finance Committee formulated a taskforce to start developing a white paper describing how to develop an airport-by-airport specific minimum rate-of-return for projects (Hurdle Rate), with descriptions, examples, and considerations for implementing policy, procedures and methodologies used to develop an objective framework for project prioritization and justification using risk assessment and rate-of-return evaluation.

 

The taskforce is led by Robert Thomson, finance director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Members of the taskforce are made up of representatives from Portland, Seattle, Nashville and Denver airports, and a number of consultants. The taskforce is utilizing a collaboration site to develop the white paper as a team and will be having multiple conference calls in the next few months.

 

The taskforce has established some goals for the white paper to summarize and document the following:

  • Reasons to implement a Hurdle Rate Policy

  • Methods that can be used to develop an appropriate airport specific minimum rate of return on projects

  • Risk identification, assessment and quantification

  • Prioritization and decision-making in the context of a Hurdle Rate Policy

  • Actual Hurdle Rate Policy

Contact ACI-NA’s Liying Gu for more information.

TRB Sponsoring Free Webinar on Airport Governance and Ownership

The findings of three Airport Cooperative Research Program research projects will be featured in a free Nov. 14 webinar on airport governance and ownership models. Advance registration is required for this Noon EST seminar.

 

Sheri Ernico, LeighFisher, will discuss how airport practitioners can apply the findings in ACRP Report 66: Considering and Evaluating Airport Privatization to their home airport. She will share ideas for how airport operators, policy makers, and others can analyze the potential advantages and disadvantages of implementing various approaches to airport privatization. 

 

Daniel Reimer, of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, will share results from Legal Research Digest 7: Airport Governance and Ownership on the issue of airport ownership and governance. He will explore determinants of airport ownership and governance; advantages and disadvantages of various airport governance structures; and case studies of airports transferred from one form of governance to another.

 

Jodi Howick, of Durham, Jones & Pinegar, will share the results from Legal Research Digest 15: Compilation of State Airport Authorizing Legislation. She will explore state-specific airport legislation, including laws establishing, developing, operating, expanding, and funding airports. The compilation focuses on legislation expressly applicable to public airports rather than legislation applicable to local governments.

ACI-NA Goes Mobile

ACI-NA member communications are now available through a convenient mobile portal, optimized for browsing on any smartphone, tablet, or other Web-enabled mobile device. You can save a shortcut to the ACI-NA mobile portal on your home screen for one-click access.

 

Find ACI-NA information quickly and easily.

  • Read Centerlines magazine, Centerlines Update, ACI-NA press releases and other important airport news.

  • Browse jobs and conference updates

  • Access the 2012 Annual Conference website

  • Find the services of our Associate members on the online buyer’s guide, Centerlines Product and Services Guide

  • Contact ACI-NA with a handy list of key contacts

Open the ACI-NA Mobile link on your Apple, Blackberry and Android smartphone or tablet and then you can bookmark the mobile site to your home screen. Each device will give you the opportunity to create a bookmark and walk you through the process. More detailed device specific instructions are also available. Send this link to your device to facilitate the installation.

 

Contact ACI-NA’s Tom Smith for more information.

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