Carolyn Fennell Named as the Recipient of the 2015 Ted Bushelman Legacy Award for Creativity and Excellence

November 11, 2015


NASHVILLE, TN – Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) today announced that Carolyn Fennell of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is the recipient of the 2015 Ted Bushelman Legacy Award for Creativity and Excellence. The Bushelman Award, an award recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of airport marketing and communications professionals, was presented to Fennell during an awards gala on November 10, 2015, at the ACI-NA Marketing and Communications Conference in Nashville, TN.

“As the well-respected dean of the ACI-NA Marketing and Communications Committee, Carolyn Fennell has been instrumental in mentoring an entire generation of airport communication professionals,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “Carolyn’s commitment to the industry and her willingness to roll up her sleeves to lead by example perfectly embodies the spirit of ACI-NA’s Bushelman Award.”

Fennell is the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Community Relations at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, where she handles both internal and external communications for the Orlando International Airport and the Orlando Executive Airport. In this role, she serves as primary spokesperson who oversees all domestic and international media relations including crisis communications for both airports.

In addition, Fennell is one of the founding members of the ACI-NA Marketing and Communications Committee. She has been active in the committee since its beginning, serving as a steering group member for numerous years and twice as committee chair.

The Ted Bushelman Legacy Award for Creativity and Excellence is named for its first recipient, Ted Bushelman, who served as Senior Director of Communications, Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport for 40 years.

The award is presented each year to an individual nominated and selected by his or her peers in the airport industry. This special award recognizes the values, accomplishments and creativity of airport marketing and communications professionals who also share those talents and contribute to the legacy of professionalism experienced throughout our meetings and programs.

In addition, the individual who is selected must have a record of demonstrating his or her skills, expertise, and professionalism in some or all of the following areas:

  • Promotes the professionalism of the marketing and communications disciplines within the airport industry;
  • Has a history of generating and embracing new ideas to promote and support his or her airport’s programs and services;
  • Actively shares his or her knowledge and experience with other marketing and communications professionals within the airport industry;
  • Participates in the ACI-NA Marketing and Communications Committee and attends its programs; and
  • Promotes the importance, and advances the understanding, of airports and aviation within the broader community.

Past Award Winners

2008 – Ted Bushelman, Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport

2009 – Michael Conway, Detroit Metropolitan Airport

2010 – Jerry Staples, Halifax International Airport

2011 – Tara Hamilton, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

2012 – Patricia Rowe, Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport

2013 – Not awarded

2014 – Lucinda Harshman, Pittsburgh International Airport

2015 – Carolyn Fennell, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority


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 support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at