As Chair, I have the opportunity to promote a few initiatives and goals for the next year. As you are all aware, this past year your AAAE Executive
Committee (EC) was challenged with replacing Chip
Barclay after 30 years as the association’s president.
I honestly can tell you that I lost some serious sleep
over that one. With Mark’s leadership, your EC and
ultimately your Board of Directors selected Todd
Hauptli to step into Chip’s shoes. I can assure you that
over the past six months Todd and his AAAE executive
leadership team, supported by AAAE’s entire “Make it
Happen Team” in D.C., are doing a tremendous job in
serving and representing the entire AAAE membership.
Over this past year, we also were challenged
with fostering a stronger relationship with ACI-NA.
Together we looked for opportunities to promote
better collaboration with initiatives such as one voice
in Washington. With Mark’s leadership as Chair this
past year, supported by your EC, Board of Directors
and Policy Review Committee, we were able to make
measurable progress. This next year we will continue
with these efforts where they are logical and
Additionally, I would like us to look at a few
First will be the creation of a AAAE FAA
Reauthorization Task Force. The next several months
will be a very important window of time for us to
develop a reauthorization policy agenda. The work of
the AAAE task force will be completely transparent and
coordinated closely with the ongoing work of ACI-NA.
I am very hopeful and optimistic that the final product
of AAAE’s and ACI-NA’s separate work will be easily
combined to create a unified agenda by the end of 2014.
Second, I will ask that the AAAE Diversity
Committee, chaired by Bryant Francis, C.M., look at
ways to shine an even brighter light on our diversity
program to ensure that our future leadership represents
our diverse membership. During this past year, Chair
Brewer and your EC requested that each chapter appoint
a member to the AAAE Diversity Committee to look for
new ideas and opportunities to enhance our existing
efforts. I do believe that it is very important for us to
look in the rear view mirror to see the future leaders
who are approaching. Those leaders need to represent
our diverse membership.
Executive BY RANDALL D. BERG, A.A.E. AAAE CHAIR
It is such an honor and privilege for me
as the new Chair of AAAE to be asked by
Barbara Cook to author this article.
Please know that I am also very honored
and humbled by your support to become
the AAAE Chair following my friend of
many years, Mark Brewer, A.A.E., from
Boston-Manchester Regional Airport.
AAAE is a family of airport executives from
all sizes of airports and from various levels
in our organizations. We have numerous
corporate members in our family that
provide a variety of services for the
airport community. As you know, we need
those services to be successful. Working
together, we are a team, we respect each
other, and we operate the best system of
airports in the world.