ACI-NA Excellence in Visionary Leadership Award

Background and Objectives

Airports are complex and dynamic commercial enterprises serving the broad and diverse needs of 21st century communities in a globally connected world.  Collectively, as curators of a commercial airport ecosystem, North America’s Airport [Executive] Directors/Chief Executive Officers are leading organizations responsible for millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of economic impact within their communities.  To achieve maximum organizational effectiveness and impact, these executives require excellence in visionary leadership to lead their organization’s diverse and varied stakeholder groups, coordinating complex commercial activities for the collective good.  

Recognizing the exceptional level of skill required to lead a successful 21st century airport, the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Human Resources Committee is excited to announce the launch of the annual Excellence in Visionary Leadership Award.  Each year, this award will recognize the extraordinary leadership of an Airport Director, Executive Director, or President/CEO who best exemplifies the following competencies: relationship management, consultation, leadership & navigation, communication, global and cultural effectiveness, ethical practice, critical evaluation, people practice and business acumen.  It will be presented at ACI-NA’s annual conference to the airport leader who is judged best at leveraging the talents of an organization’s stakeholders to achieve the airport’s strategic goals.  Leading an airport requires an unwavering commitment to bringing a vision to life coupled with excellence in each functional area of a 21st century commercial airport.  The Committee believes it is appropriate to recognize this commitment.   

For More Information

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Important Dates

  • July 21, 2017 - Submission Deadline
  • August 18, 2017 - Judging Ends
  • September 16, 2017 - Announcement of Winner at ACI-NA Annual Conference - Board and Leadership Dinner

Please note, from time of submission to announcement of winner, applicants are responsible for all working hyperlinks to video and reports.


The Airports Council International - North America and the Judging Panel reserves the right to make final decisions in all matters in relating to the "Excellence in Visionary Leadership Award" without obligation to disclose the reasons.  Should applicants not meet the minimum standards set forth by ACI-NA and the judging panel, an award will not be granted for its respective category.


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