Airport Industry to Gather in Long Beach for 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition

Washington – The 2015 Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held October 4 – 7, 2015, at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA.  The annual event attracts more than 1,700 airport industry executives and decision makers.  The 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition is hosted by Long Beach Airport and is sponsored at the executive level by CH2M, Ricondo and Associates, and WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff.


“The ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition is the one time every year that airport decision makers and the associate community come together to discuss ways to improve operational efficiency through new approaches and best practices,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “This conference helps round out all of ACI-NA’s initiatives to assist members in overcoming challenges related to policy and regulatory issues, air service development, airport operations, and more.  Given the challenges that exist beyond the horizon, this year’s conference is a must-attend event.”

“On behalf of the Long Beach Airport team, it is my privilege to welcome the North American airport industry to sunny Long Beach, California,” said Long Beach Airport Director Bryant L. Francis, C.M.  “ACI-NA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition is the premier event for the leadership of North America’s airports. In addition to unparalleled networking opportunities, the conference will provide attendees the chance to explore the latest trends in airport management and operations through interactive programming and the award-winning exhibition hall.”

Every year, the ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition brings all sectors of the airport industry together to provide airport officials and their peers from across North America with insights into the latest trends and strategies that advance the industry. The four day event will include innovative thought leadership keynote and panel sessions, trade show floor exhibits, solution showcases and enhanced networking opportunities. In addition, ACI-NA members will be able to participate in issue-specific workshops and committee meetings.

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition keynote speaker. Dr.Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the co-founder of TalentSmart®, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training. Dr. Bradberry is a LinkedIn Influencer and a regular contributor to Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, The World Economic Forum, and The Huffington Post.

Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst of The NPD Group, Inc., will also be a featured speaker during the conference. As a nationally known expert on consumer behavior and the retail industry, Cohen often utilizes motivational presentations to help launch corporate goals and strategic planning. Cohen is the author of two books, Why Customers Do What They Do (2006) and Buy Me! How to Get Customers to Choose Your Products and Ignore the Rest (2010).

Additional educational sessions include: new air service models and trends, sustainability, aircraft manufacturing forecasts, real estate development, best practices for bids, security management, airport accessibility, workforce management, drones, safety, operations, and security.

The ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition has been identified as one of the 50 fastest growing trade shows in the United States by Trade Show Executive. The achievement stems from outstanding growth in attendance, increase in exhibits, and expansion of the trade show floor. ACI-NA was recognized May 19 – 21, 2015, at the Fastest 50 Awards and Summit in Chicago.

“Industry support for the ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition continues to grow because of the high priority our members place on having an impactful forum to discuss challenges and collaborate around solutions,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “On one side, our members participate in insightful conversations about the significant challenges airports face in a modern and competitive world. On the other side, our exhibit floor is packed with innovative solutions that help airports overcome those challenges. The mutual exchange that occurs during the show is the real value for the industry.”

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About the 2015 Host Airport

Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently completed a revitalization to update its facilities. In 2012, a new passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, both Fodor’s Travel Guide and Yahoo Travel named LGB one of the top 10 terminals in the world, and Conde Nast Traveler readers voted LGB No. 4 in their annual Best Airports in America feature. Today, LGB offers non-stop service to many U.S. cities, and supports a healthy general aviation community with nearly 300,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable, environmentally-responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what's happening, "Like" LGB on Facebook, or follow LGB on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.


About the 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition Sponsors

With a record of delivery excellence, CH2M is honored to work at 20 of the top 30 busiest airports in the United States; 2 of the top 3 busiest airports in the United Kingdom; 3 of the largest airports in India; and many of the fastest growing airports in the Middle East. We bring fresh perspectives, creativity and a benefits-oriented approach to the world’s most challenging airport projects and programs.  Learn more at

Ricondo & Associates, Inc., is a full-service aviation consulting firm that provides facilities and operations planning, environmental planning, and financial planning services to airport owners and operators, airlines, and federal and state aviation-related agencies. Ricondo provides technical consulting and project management services relating to airport facilities planning, airport master planning, financial analyses, environmental planning, financial and site feasibility studies, airfield and airspace analyses, and airport development programs, either on a project basis or as part of on-call consulting services. Learn more at




WSP, through its acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff, is one of the world's leading professional services firms in its industry, working with governments, businesses, architects and planners and providing integrated solutions across many disciplines. The firm provides services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment, and its expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. It has approximately 32,000 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals, based in approximately 500 offices, across 40 countries, on 5 continents. Learn more at


About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.  Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports.  Collectively, U.S. airports employ more than 1.3 million people and account for $1.2 trillion in economic activity—or seven percent of the total U.S. workforce and eight percent of GDP.  Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at