ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY TO HOST AIRPORT EXECUTIVES CONFERENCE
PITTSBURGH, PA (August 2, 2007) – Airport Executives from throughout northeast United States will be in Pittsburgh from August 4 through August 8 for the 49th Annual Northeast Chapter of the Association of American Airport Executives (AAAE) Conference.
More than 300 industry executives, suppliers and special guests will gather at the Sheraton Station Square for the five-day conference. Under the theme of “Growing Opportunities” participants will examine such topics as airport technologies, safety and security, FAA Compliance, and AAAE’s new accreditation program.
“Hosting this conference is tremendously important to the airport,” Allegheny County Airport Authority Executive Director Kent G. George said. “The leading executives and experts of the northeast region will be here to discuss the most important industry issues. We are excited to be at the forefront of those discussions.”
The conference will feature numerous lectures from industry leaders as well as comments from Bradley D. Penrod, ACAA Chief Operating Officer and current NEC AAAE President, and lectures from other Airport Authority professionals.
“As airport management and aviation continues to change, there are opportunities and new goals for airport professionals to meet in safety, security and operations,” Penrod said. “Many of this meeting’s topics will explore issues that will shape advancements in the airport industry.”
Penrod will be the moderator for “Washington Update” and Nino Sapone, ACAA Director of Airfield Operations, will present “Common Use Systems – The Benefits for Your Airport,” which will take a look at Pittsburgh International Airport’s very successful Flight Desk, a self-serve boarding pass kiosk program. Eric Ruprecht, ACAA Director of Business Administration, will be a panelist for “Minimum Standards and FAA Compliance: The Inspection You Don’t Want to Have.”
The guest speaker for the Corporate Appreciation Award Luncheon on Tuesday, August 7, will be author Tom Murphy, who wrote the 2006 book “Reclaiming The Sky: 9/11 and the Untold Story of the Men and Women Who Kept America Flying.” Murphy, who has been an aviation industry trainer for 20 years, is a leader in customer service training.
The Northeast Chapter, American Association of Airport Executives, is the first regional chapter of the AAAE. It was formed to assist in the further development of the AAAE and to foster a better understanding of airport related problems within the geographical confines of the chapter.