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Risk Management Professional of the Year Award

The ACI-NA Risk Management Professional of the Year Award was created in 2019 to recognize outstanding performance in the practice of risk management within the North American airport industry.


Any ACI-NA member involved in risk management for a small, medium or large U.S./Canadian airport (based on FAA enplanement data for calendar year 2021) can be nominated. Nominations from Canadian airports will be assigned to the closest FAA hub category on the basis of enplaned passengers in 2021. The person need not practice risk management full time, but the candidate must be a full-time employee of the airport for which he or she practices risk management.  The candidate may be nominated by anyone familiar with his or her work, such as a superior, the risk management staff, a colleague at another airport, a broker, insurer or other service supplier. There is a 5-year grace period before an individual previously awarded the Risk Management Professional of the Year can be considered again for the award.

One award recipient will be selected from each of the following categories:

  • Large Airport 
  • Medium Airport
  • Small Airport


In the nomination form, nominees must provide detailed information regarding their nomination and Risk Management experience as well as a letter of endorsement of the candidate by an executive of his or her airport or organization. The letter must certify the accuracy of the information submitted in the nomination.


Judges will score the candidates 1 – 10 on the criteria below with 1 being low and 10 being high. The candidate with the highest score will be named Risk Management Professional of the Year (small, medium or large hub).

  • Criterion 1: Established and/or implemented risk management strategies that are based on the airport’s business model.
  • Criterion 2: Tackled and solved one or more major problem(s) for his or her airport, e.g., creatively and effectively used risk financing/insurance or risk transfer program to solve a specific issue, led a major risk management training initiative that improved performance, collaborated with another function to address an emerging risk, etc.
  • Criterion 3: Innovatively engaged in applying diverse strategies and techniques in developing integrated organizational risk management competencies, such as enterprise risk management, strategic risk management, business continuity management, safety and health management, information and privacy management, compliance management, claims management, etc.
  • Criterion 4: Advanced the risk management profession (as well as his or her career) through engagement, e.g., risk management related awards, certifications/designations, mentoring, public speaking, advocacy, research, guest lecturing, publications, etc.


Judges are given submissions as-is and the identical category criteria that airport participants are given to score each entry.

The panel of judges will be facilitated by ACI-NA and consist of previous ACI-NA Risk Management Committee Chairs and distinguished experts with background and/or responsibility in the aviation/risk management industry.


The online nomination form must be completed no later than Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, by 5:00 PM Eastern Time for the ACI-NA Risk Management Professional of the Year Award nomination to be considered complete.

Judges are given submissions as-is to evaluate and determine the award recipient in each category. All nominees are encouraged to attend the 2023 Risk Management Conference in New Orleans, LA, where the ACI-NA Risk Management Professional of the Year awards will be announced and awarded to each recipient.

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2019 - Trisha Sqrow, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
2022 - Jocelyn LaBove, Houston Airport System


If you have any questions, please contact Risk Management Committee Secretary Pragun Pande at ppande@airportscouncil.org