Wrap-Up Edition, Sept. 11, 2014

Chairman's Honor Breakfast Speaker Richard Anderson, CEO, Delta

Delta’s Anderson Puts People First

As the final keynote speaker of the 2014 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition, Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, provided attendees with a deep look into Delta’s operational priorities and outlook for the year ahead.  Anderson stressed that passengers no longer view travel as a commodity and Delta has responded by putting people first.  “People – our employees and our passengers – are the single most important aspect of our business,” Anderson said.  In the year ahead, Delta plans to make more investments in technology to facilitate a more efficient travel process.  Delta is also looking to reconfigure its terminal check-in desks in a more modern and efficient way.

ACI-NA Honors 2014 Inclusion Champion Award Winners

Also on the menu during Wednesday’s Chairman’s Honors Breakfast was recognition of ACI-NA award winners for business diversity and inclusion, environmental excellence, and recent graduates of the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP).

#Airports14 host airport Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was the recipient of the Large Hub 2014 ACI-NA Inclusion Champion Award, with Cleveland Hopkins International Airport the Medium Hub honoree, and HMSHost the Associate winner.  To read more about each of these stand-out airport business diversity programs, visit the ACI-NA website.

Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP) Graduates

ACI-NA also honored its three latest members to complete ACI World’s AMPAP certification.  This year's AMPAP Certification Graduates are R.J. Steenstra, Red Deer Airport, Deven M. Judd, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Rosa Beckett, Jacksonville Aviation Authority.

ion Authority, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Red Deer Airport.

AMPAP is a strategic partnership between ACI and ICAO to develop the next generation of airport leaders across the world and the full spectrum of the airport industry.  The program is available to airport executives in all five ACI regions, and successful AMPAP candidates earn the designation as an ACI-ICAO International Airport Professional (IAP).  To learn more about AMPAP and ACI World’s full suite of training opportunities and solutions, visit the AMPAP and ACI World websites.

ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Awards Recipients

ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Awards encompass a broad scope of environmental planning and stewardship in action across North American airports.  This year’s winners include San Diego International Airport for Environmental Management; Gerald R. Ford International Airport for Outreach, Education, and Community Involvement; Port Columbus International Airport for Special and Innovative Projects; and San Francisco International Airport for Mitigation.  Mary Vigilante of Synergy Consultants, Inc. was the first-ever recipient of the award for Peer Recognition for Outstanding Individual Contribution and Leadership.  Information about the 2014 Environmental Achievement Award winners also is available on the ACI-NA website.

Atlanta Passes Torch to Long Beach

Following a successful 2014 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Managing Director Miguel Southwell passed the torch to Long Beach Airport Public Affairs Officer Kerry Gerot.  The 2015 ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held October 4 – 7, 2015, in Long Beach, CA.