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Head of the class: Airport officials earn
professional titles of excellence
By DeAllous Smith

In November, Hartsfield-Jackson officials recognized three Airport leaders who graduated from the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP).

The honorees — Arnaldo Ruiz, assistant general manager for Commercial Development; Jim Drinkard, assistant general manager for Planning and Development; and Steve Lee, director of Training, Safety and Organizational Development — were recognized during the third annual AMPAP graduation ceremony, which was held in conjunction with the Airports Council International (ACI) World Annual General Assembly in Bermuda.

AMPAP was established by the ACI and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to provide specialized management training for professionals at airports worldwide. Participants earn the International Airport Professional (IAP) credential by completing four mandatory courses and two electives over a three-year period.

“This was a very rewarding program,” Lee said. “The curriculum allowed us to have real conversations about our experiences on a global platform. I applaud ACI and ICAO for developing a training initiative that gives participants the ability to build upon their best practices while enhancing their skills.”

This year, nearly 50 airport managers from throughout the world completed the AMPAP curriculum, which covers topics such as master planning, development, environmental management, marketing, financial administration, and safety and security.

Drinkard, Lee and Ruiz completed the program within a year.

Bermuda International Airport hosted the 2010 assembly, conference and exhibition, which drew more than 500 senior airport and aviation executives.

AMPAP graduates

Nearly 50 airport executives from around the world earned the International Airport Professional (IAP) credential this year. Three executives at Hartsfield-Jackson — Arnaldo Ruiz, assistant general manager for Commercial Development; Jim Drinkard, assistant general manager for Planning and Development; and Steve Lee, director of Training, Safety and Organizational Development — completed the program.


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