Category Archives: Commissioners

ACI-NA Commissioners Award Scholarships to Aviation Students

By Morgan Dye

Airports Council International – North America’s (ACI-NA) Commissioners’ Committee accepted the Scholarship Review Committee’s recommendation to award scholarships of $2,500 each to two aviation students, at the ACI-NA Commissioners’ Committee meeting in San Diego, California. Recipients include Cameron McGillicuddy, a student at Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation in Battle Creek, Michigan and Andrew Roybal, a student at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

“The Commissioners’ Committee is proud to honor these students for their academic excellence and leadership,” said Jim Trout, Chair of ACI-NA’s Commissioners’ Committee and Commissioner of the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority. “This scholarship program recognizes the importance of the highly specialized education necessary to fill the multi-disciplined role of being a professional airport administrator or airport operator. We felt that these two dedicated students represent the future of the aviation industry, and the Committee is confident that they will provide a positive influence throughout their careers.”

The Commissioners’ Committee Scholarship is designed to encourage and promote excellence in the educational areas necessary for effective airport management or operation. The ACI-NA Commissioners’ Committee has awarded more than 40 scholarships totaling $120,000 to students within the past 18 years.

ACI-NA Commissioners established the Scholarship Fund in October 1993 to recognize students with high academic achievement who are working toward a career in airport management or airport operations. The scholarship program recognizes the importance of the highly specialized education necessary for an individual to receive to fill the extremely complex and multi-disciplined role of being a professional airport administrator or airport operator.

To effectively run today’s modern aviation facilities an airport manager or airport operator must have high levels of management, operational and accounting skills coupled with some aviation experience.

Details on the Fall 2011 scholarship winners follow:

Cameron McGillicuddy attends Western Michigan’s College of Aviation and is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Science and Administration, as well as a Minor in Communications. McGillicuddy interns at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport and has helped with the airport’s harmonization effort as they transferred terminals earlier this year. He has also volunteered with Air Traffic Controllers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. McGillicuddy’s ultimate career goals include, being in a challenging aviation position where he can make a difference and remain involved beyond the requirements of a nine-to-five position.

Andrew Roybal is a student at the University of North Dakota where he is pursuing a combined B.B.A. / M.B.A. degree in Airport Management. Roybal aspires to one day manage a major airport and is barreling full steam ahead towards that goal. He is a native of Denver, Colorado and is very interested in working at Denver International Airport, citing its uniqueness in airport size and ownership structure as a great challenge and opportunity for an aspiring airport director.

 

Commissioners Gather in the Golden State

By Paul Eubanks
Airport Board Members and Commissioners are thrilled to be in southern California for the 20th ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition.

To kick the weekend off nearly 170 Commissioners and ACI-NA Board Members gathered yesterday evening, at the University Club in downtown San Diego, for the annual Board and Commissioners Diner.  A big THANK YOU to Austin Commercial, Republic Parking System, RS&H and CH2MHill for sponsoring last night’s dinner.  The Commissioners were especially delighted to have Robert Gleason, Board Chair of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, in attendance to welcome attendees.

In addition to last night’s dinner, this morning the Commissioners Committee elected Herb Hilliard, Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority, as the 2011-2012 ACI-NA Commissioners Committee Chair.  Also elected to the Executive Committee were Sylvia Stewart, Vice-Chair, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority; Doug Smith, Second Vice-Chair, Greenville/Spartanburg Airport Commission; Shirley James, Treasurer, Savannah Airport Commission; and Christine Stoneman, At-Large, Victoria Airport Authority.  Congratulations to these new Executive Committee members.

Additionally, the Commissioners Committee unanimously accepted the Scholarship Review Committee’s recommendation to award scholarships of $2,500 each to two aviation collegiate students. Recipients include Cameron McGillicuddy, a student at Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation in Battle Creek and Andrew Roybal, a student at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. The Commissioners’ Committee is proud to honor these students for their academic excellence and leadership. These dedicated students represent the future of the aviation industry, and the Committee is confident that they will provide a positive influence throughout their careers.

Finally the Commissioners Committee reflected on the recent passing of Committee Vice-Chair, Charlie Lombardo.  In Charlie’s memory, a 60 second moment of silence was observed during this morning’s Committee meeting.  Charlie was an incredible advocate for the Bob Hobe Airport and served as both a Commissioner and Board Chair, representing the city of Burbank, for the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Airport Authority for nearly 13 years. Charlie was also an instrumental member of the ACI-NA Commissioners Committee and Executive Committee leadership team.

Remember Charlie Lombardo; ACI-NA Commissioners Committee Vice-Chair

By Paul Eubanks

It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart to report to you that ACI-NA Commissioners Committee Vice-Chair, Charlie Lombardo, passed away unexpectedly this past week at his home in Burbank, California.

As many of us know, Charlie was an incredible advocate for the Bob Hope Airport and served as both a Commissioner and Board Chair, representing the city of Burbank, for the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Airport Authority for nearly 13 years.

Charlie was also an instrumental member of the ACI-NA Commissioners Committee and Executive Committee leadership team.  As such, he was expected to take over as the incoming Committee Chair during the upcoming ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Charlie’s work with the airport authority was highlighted in yesterday’s Glendale News-Press.

I had the privilege to work with Charlie on many occasions.  In fact, just last week we talked over the phone about his on-going work to identify potential sponsors to support the ACI-NA Commissioners Scholarship Fund; a cause that he was extremely passionate about.  Charlie was also excited to work with ACI-NA in hosting next year’s Airport Board Members & Commissioners Conference in Pasadena, California.

His personality was filled with humor and a passion for living life to the fullest.  I am forever grateful to have met and worked with him while at ACI-NA.

Thank you Charlie…here’s to you!