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January 13th 2023 | Written By Press Release | Share

Ford International Airport President and CEO to Serve on North America Airports Council Board of Directors

Ford International Airport President and CEO to Serve on North America Airports Council Board of Directors

Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 13, 2023 – The Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) announced its new leaders to the ACI-NA Board of Directors including the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority’s president and CEO Tory Richardson.

“I look forward to serving the aviation industry and its communities in this new position with ACI-NA,” said Richardson. “ACI-NA plays a significant role in bettering airports and aviation services across the U.S., Canada and beyond. I’m thrilled to work alongside fellow ACI-NA board members on new advancements that promote a healthy and thriving industry for years to come.”

ACI-NA is a trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada. They continue to present the unique views and recommendations of airport management to federal, state, provincial and local governments, industry, the media and the general public. These views and recommendations include:

  • Promoting cooperation with all elements of the commercial civil aviation industry;
  • Encouraging the exchange of ideas, information and experiences on common airport issues;
  • Identifying, interpreting and disseminating information to members on current industry trends and practices; and
  • Creating forums of common interest, building professional relationships and interpreting key airport policy and business issues to members.

“These newly elected leaders of our organization bring broad industry expertise and a deep understanding of the unique challenges we face,” said ACI-NA president and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “With Richardson’s support, ACI-NA remains as committed as ever to our mission to advocate policies and provide services that strengthen the ability of airports to serve their passengers, customers and communities, just as we have for the last 75 years.”

Richardson joined the Ford International Airport Authority in 2019 bringing with him a broad range of leadership and management expertise in the aviation industry. Successful in guiding airports through significant change and boosting regions’ economic vitality, Richardson is leading the Ford International Airport Authority’s capital expansion program, Elevate, among other development efforts.

Richardson will be working alongside several other industry leaders, including Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, Alexis Higgins, CEO of the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust, Myron Keehn, president and CEO of the Edmonton Regional Airports Authority, Ricky Smith, executive director and CEO of the Maryland Aviation Administration, Tamara Vrooman, president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority, Patrick Wilson, president of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, Lesa Seibert, commissioner for the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, and Brian Reed, aviation development director for Burns & McDonnell. 

Along with its newly elected Board of Directors, ACI-NA has selected new leaders for the U.S. Policy Council, the Canadian Policy Council and the World Business Partners and Associates Board of Directors. Visit the ACI-NA website for the organization’s full leadership roster.



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