Nominations for the 2015 Downes Award Now Open

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The following is a guest post by Maureen Riley, executive director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports and first vice-chair of the ACI-NA Board of Directors.

ACI-NA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 William E. Downes Award.

Named after the former Chicago Commissioner of Aviation, William E. Downes Jr., this prestigious award has been given to individuals who have made significant contributions to airports and the aviation industry since 1978. Past award winners are individuals who have tackled pressing aviation challenges and demonstrated strong leadership or innovation in our industry.

Past Downes Award winners include General Jimmy Doolittle for his efforts on aircraft noise abatement and Frank Whittle, the inventor of the jet engine. More recently, ACI-NA has presented the award to the first Director General of ACI International Oris E. Dunham and Marge Brink for her contributions to airport concessions programs.

2011 Downes Award Winner Oris Dunham.

2011 Downes Award Winner Oris Dunham.

The deadline for nominations is April 24. The award recipient will be formally recognized at the ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition on October 7 in Long Beach, California. To learn more about the award and the nomination process, visit ACI-NA’s website at www.aci-na.org/content/awards-and-recognition.

Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, and Thella Bowen, president/CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, present the 2012 Downes Award to Marjorie Brink.

Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, and Thella Bowen, president/CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, present the 2012 Downes Award to Marge Brink.

I look forward to once again serving on the ACI-NA Downes Award Selection Committee and acknowledging another aviation champion in 2015.