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Excellence in Visionary Leadership Award

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.  

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Any ACI-NA airport member and in good standing are eligible to nominate and apply by submitting ONE paper and ONE video.

Written Report

The report submitted should detail the Airport Director, Executive Director, or President/CEO best exemplify the competencies listed in this document. The paper should be of high level, insightful and structural analysis with examples on how you or your Airport Director, Executive Director, or President/CEO exemplifies these characteristics.


A characteristic of a strong and effective leader is to lead by example. Along with a written report, a high caliber video of no more than three (3) minutes must be submitted that visually demonstrates how the Airport Director, Executive Director, or President/CEO exemplify the competencies listed in this document. Video content should contain but not limit to interviews, testimonials and footage of the applicant performing the respective competencies. The video can be of previously developed pictures and videos created by the airport demonstrating the competencies or a newly developed video just for this award.

Please note that video submissions will be used for future ACI-NA marketing purposes.


The award will be based on a total percentage of 100% (Written Report = up to 75% and Video = up to 25%)

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will consist of the representatives from each ACI-NA Committee operating as a judge so that the award represents all facets of an airport’s business model (15 committees represented).  In no event will there be more than one representative selected from a committee representing the same airport.  The intention is that no airport has more than one vote in the selection process. 

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

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There is no fee for each entry.

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 The 2019 Excellence in Visionary leadership Award is open for submission now. Please complete your submission by 5pm, June 28, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Qinya Pang at qpang@airportscouncil.org.