News about AMPAP Participant Acheivements

Robert Kennedy, IAP

Mr. Robert Kennedy, IAP, former Interim Deputy General Manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport joins Aviation Strategies International. With immediate effect, Mr. Kennedy will occupy the position of Vice-President, Consulting Services for the firm.

Here is an excerpt of the press release:

In his remarks, Dr. Coutu highlighted that “Robert adds yet another pillar of strength to our company which has been solid in serving its clients in the international arena. With more than three decades of aviation industry experience, Robert’s talent will further enhance the expertise and professionalism of our team and we eagerly welcome him. We’re also very excited that his executive responsibilities will include the establishment of a new ASI division that will provide aviation cargo advisory services”.

Rob Wigington, IAP

Rob Wigington, IAP,  has been named the new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.

Wigington replaces Monty Burgess, who retired in June.

The following are excerpts from the MNAA press release:

“Rob brings a longtime commitment to the airport industry and an extensive skill set to the MNAA, where he will play an important role in providing what we call the Nashville Airports Experience to our passengers, partners and employees,” said Raul Regalado, President and CEO of the MNAA.

As Executive Vice President and COO, Wigington oversees the MNAA’s Operations, Maintenance, Public Safety, Community Affairs and Customer Service, Finance, Purchasing, Treasury, Accounting, Information Technology, MNAA Properties Corporation, Business Development, Continuous Improvement, Properties, and Planning, Design and Construction departments.

Wigington joined the MNAA staff from Houston, Texas, where he served as Deputy Director of the Houston Airport System since 2007. Previously, Wigington held leadership positions with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Airports Council International – North America, Fleishman Hillard/GPC, and Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

Wigington has more than 30 years of experience in multiple aspects of the airport industry. He has a master’s of public administration degree from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in government from Pomona College. Wigington is accredited as an International Airport Professional by Airports Council International.

Cheryl Marcell

Cheryl Marcell, IAP

AMPAP graduate, Ms. Cheryl Marcell has been recruited as the new Director of Communications and Events and the World Headquarters of Airports Council International.

Below is an excerpt from the press release issued by ACI World:

“….Cheryl Marcell will join the organization as of 1 August 2011. She currently works for the Sacramento County Airport System, in California, USA, where she has served as Deputy Director for Marketing and Public Relations since 2000. In this role she has been responsible for air service development, legislative activity, media relations, public relations, public art program and all marketing projects for the four airports in the Airport System. Under Marcell’s leadership, the airport system has won several local media and communication awards and is widely recognized as an economic engine and a valuable regional marketing partner.

Addressing airport issues on a national stage, Marcell served as the Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee for Airports Council International – North America in 2009. She has prepared and delivered numerous speeches at many ACI seminars and conferences on topics such as crisis communications, customer service and airport branding.

Marcell comments on her recent appointment, “I am thrilled to be joining such a prestigious organization as Airports Council International. Strengthening the voice of the world’s airports and planning and executing high quality educational events world-wide is a challenge that I accept with great enthusiasm. Our airport in Sacramento has very close ties with ACI-World and the ACI-North America Region, so I have a good working knowledge of the mission and values of our professional trade association. I look forward to working on all our initiatives on behalf of our airport members.”

ACI World Director General Angela Gittens welcomes Marcell to the management team, “We are delighted to have attracted such a high calibre professional who is not only an accredited International Airport Professional (IAP), but has also volunteered much of her time and talent to ACI from her current position in Sacramento. We searched far and wide for the right person to fill the gap being left by Nancy Gautier, our long-term Director of Communications who declined to relocate to Montreal for family reasons, and Cheryl is very much that right person.”

Marcell’s professional qualifications encompass association management, public relations/marketing and trade show management positions with private sector employers in California and Texas. She has been active in the Sacramento business community, serving ex-officio on the Board of Directors for the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau. A strong supporter of destination marketing programs in the Sacramento region and a major participant with the hotel and visitor organizations, Marcell has also been active at the state-wide level on the Board of Directors for the California Travel Industry Association.”

During a staff ceremony last week, San Fransisco International Airport General Manager, John Martin, honored his airport’s 2010 AMPAP graduates. Although they were unable to attend the official AMPAP graduation ceremony held in November in Bermuda, SFO officially recognized John Reeb, Jeffrey Hoglind and Kevin Kone for their hard work and dedication in earning the International Airport Professional (IAP) designation.

On November 2nd, ACI World Director General, Ms. Angela Gittens, Director of ICAO’s Air Transport Bureau, Ms. Nancy Graham and AMPAP Premier Sponsor, SITA’s Vice President, Ms. Catherine Mayer, together with Dr. Pierre Coutu, Global ACI-ICAO AMPAP Executive,  presented the IAP diplomas to the 2010 AMPAP graduates who earned their International Airport Professional (IAP) designation.

The ceremony, which took place at the 20th ACI World/Latin America-Caribbean Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Bermuda, marked the third annual AMPAP graduation and welcomed the largest graduating class in the Programme’s three-year history. 19 of the 48 graduates of 2010 were in attendance during this important occasion.

Before a distinguished audience of ACI World Governing Board members, World Business Partners, airport leaders and global AMPAP community members, Ms. Gittens congratulated the 2010 graduates. She encouraged them to regard this as a beginning, not an end stating: “we want your graduation to mark the start of a lifelong membership in an international network of airport professionals.” She also noted the strong partnership that ACI and ICAO had forged in building AMPAP since its launch in 2007.

Dr. Coutu added: “It is rewarding to see the AMPAP initiative has appealed to airport executives from all categories of airports spanning all continents in 74 countries. The International Airport Professional (IAP) designation is enjoying growing recognition as a standard of excellence tied to the successful achievement of stringent requirements that ICAO and ACI established for the Programme. Close to 100 resource persons have contributed so far to the development and delivery of AMPAP and we feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to this extraordinary venture.”

In their addresses, both Ms. Gittens and Dr. Coutu made special mention about the increasingly important role of AMPAP graduates in the programme’s strategic planning. Ms. Gittens specifically recalled the representation for the first time of the AMPAP Community on the ACI/ICAO AMPAP Steering Committee, the body which oversees the programme.

Ramesh Ghir, Class valedictorian and CEO of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation recalled his AMPAP experiences, noting that he had benefitted from the sharing of best practices in airport management with an international network of professionals.  He thanked his instructors and his fellow participants for creating such a vibrant and relevant learning experience.

 

On November 2nd, ACI World Director General, Ms. Angela Gittens, Director of ICAO’s Air Transport Bureau, Ms. Nancy Graham and AMPAP Premier Sponsor, SITA’s Vice President, Ms. Catherine Mayer, together with Dr. Pierre Coutu, Global ACI-ICAO AMPAP Executive,  presented the IAP diplomas to the 2010 AMPAP graduates who earned their International Airport Professional (IAP) designation.

 

The ceremony, which took place at the 20th ACI World/Latin America-Caribbean Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Bermuda, marked the third annual AMPAP graduation and welcomed the largest graduating class in the Programme’s three-year history. 19 of the 48 graduates of 2010 were in attendance during this important occasion.

 

Before a distinguished audience of ACI World Governing Board members, World Business Partners, airport leaders and global AMPAP community members, Ms. Gittens congratulated the 2010 graduates. She encouraged them to regard this as a beginning, not an end stating: “we want your graduation to mark the start of a lifelong membership in an international network of airport professionals.” She also noted the strong partnership that ACI and ICAO had forged in building AMPAP since its launch in 2007.

 

Dr. Coutu added: “It is rewarding to see the AMPAP initiative has appealed to airport executives from all categories of airports spanning all continents in 74 countries. The International Airport Professional (IAP) designation is enjoying growing recognition as a standard of excellence tied to the successful achievement of stringent requirements that ICAO and ACI established for the Programme. Close to 100 resource persons have contributed so far to the development and delivery of AMPAP and we feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to this extraordinary venture.”

 

In their addresses, both Ms. Gittens and Dr. Coutu made special mention about the increasingly important role of AMPAP graduates in the programme’s strategic planning. Ms. Gittens specifically recalled the representation for the first time of the AMPAP Community on the ACI/ICAO AMPAP Steering Committee, the body which oversees the programme.

 

Ramesh Ghir, Class valedictorian and CEO of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation recalled his AMPAP experiences, noting that he had benefitted from the sharing of best practices in airport management with an international network of professionals.  He thanked his instructors and his fellow participants for creating such a vibrant and relevant learning experience.