North American Airports Elect New Board Members

September 10, 2014


ATLANTA — During its Annual General Membership Business Meeting on Sept. 9, members of Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) elected a new slate of Executive Committee members and five new members to its Board of Directors.  Their terms are effective immediately.

Incoming Chair is James C. Cherry, President and CEO, Aéroports de Montréal. Serving as First Vice Chair is Maureen Riley, Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports. Second Vice Chair is William R. Vanecek, Director of Aviation of Buffalo Niagara International AirportLew Bleiweis, Executive Director of The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority, was elected as the Chair of the U.S. Policy Board.

New members of the Board of Directors, from U.S. airports, for a three-year term include:

Class A/B
Bryant Francis (Shreveport Airport Authority, LA)
Monica Lombraña (City of El Paso, TX)

Class C/D
Mario Diaz (Houston Airport System, TX)
Candace McGraw (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl. Airport, KY)
Robert Wigington (Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, TN)

Additionally, the members approved the 17 members of the Canadian Policy Board, which is chaired by John Gibson (Prince George Airport Authority) and vice-chaired by Howard Eng (Greater Toronto Airports Authority).

Other membership announcements made by 2014 ACI-NA Board Chair, Mark M. Reis of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, included the appointments of James C. Cherry (Aéroports de Montréal) as a member of the ACI World Governing Board and Deborah Ale Flint (Oakland International Airport) and Howard Eng (Greater Toronto Airports Authority) as ACI-NA Regional Advisors to the ACI World Governing Board.   The following appointments to the ACI-NA Board of Directors also were announced: Shirley James (Savannah Airport Commission) as Commissioners’ Committee Representative; and David Y. Bannard (Foley & Lardner LLP) as Associate Members’ Representative.


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