Dickie Davis Recognized with Bushelman Legacy Award

November 4, 2016


SALT LAKE CITY — Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) today announced Dickie K. Davis of Miami International Airport (MIA) as the recipient of the 2016 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 Davis during an awards gala on November 3, 2016, at the ACI-NA Marketing and Communications Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.

“Throughout her career as a dedicated and passionate advocate for passengers at MIA, Dickie continues to inspire a new way of thinking about the airport passenger experience,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “Her commitment to mentoring the next generation of airport public relations, marketing, and customer service professionals speaks to the heart of the Ted Bushelman Legacy Award for Creativity.  I applaud her on this industry recognition for her transformative work to benefit North American airports.”

For more than four decades, Davis has been the face and voice of MIA. As the Director of Public Relations and Digital Marketing for the airport, Davis is responsible for the airport’s creative services, digital marketing, public relations and customer service. Known as the “First Lady of MIA,” she is responsible for growing the airport’s brand awareness on a global scale through innovative communications campaigns and customer service initiatives.

Davis has also been an active member of ACI-NA’s Marketing and Communications Committee since its formation more than 40 years ago.

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 Bushelman 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

2016 – Dickie K. Davis, Miami International Airport


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 www.airportscouncil.org.