Tucson's Burg, Airport Communications and Marketing,
Environmental Award Winners Honored
At the 2008 Airports Council
International- North America (ACI-NA) Chairman’s
Honor’s and 60th Anniversary Luncheon, held on September 24
during the ACI World/North America Conference and Exhibition in
Boston, more than 500 attendees applauded the winners of
ACI-NA’s awards and recognized accomplishments of
ACI-NA’s past 60 years.
ACI-NA, formerly the Airport Operators Council, is the oldest
international airport owners and operators organization in the
In January 1948, 19 US commercial airports had their first
meeting in New York City. With the mission to address and solve
mutual problems facing airports in the United States involving
airport operations, airport users and relations with the federal
government and other segments of the industry, they formed the
Airport Operators Council. In 1991, the organization joined other
international regions to become Airports Council
Attendees at the Chairman’s Honor’s and 60th
Anniversary Luncheon recognized the late Walter A. Burg, former
chief executive of Tucson Airport Authority, with the William E.
Downes Jr. Memorial Award, for his outstanding leadership in
promoting the cause of airports and aviation in his community.
Burg’s wife Sue and Tucson’s president and CEO Bonnie
Allin accepted the award on Burg’s behalf.
Members and guests also congratulated 30-plus airport winners of
the 2008 Excellence in Airport Communications and Marketing
Contest; Edmonton International Airport, winner of the Peggy G.
Hereford Award; plus Boston Logan, Minneapolis-St. Paul and
Seattle-Tacoma International Airports, winners of the 2008
Environmental Achievement Awards.
Other highlights of the event included the gavel toss from
outgoing Board Chairman Randall "Randy" H. Walker, Director of
Aviation for Clark County’s Department of Aviation in Las
Vegas, to incoming Chairman John D. Clark, III, Executive Director
of Jacksonville Aviation Authority. Clark will begin his term as
Chairman in January 2009.
The event was brought to a close with the Annual Conference
"hand-off" from Massachusetts Port Authority’s Chief
Executive Officer Tom Kinton, to Jamy Kazanoff, Assistant Director
of the Austin Department of Aviation.
Austin is the site of the ACI-NA 18th Annual Conference and
Exhibition, to be held October 11-14, 2009.