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Mario C. Diaz is New Director for Houston Airport System

April 28, 2010

Houston Airport System
Mario C. Diaz is congratulated by Mayor Parker and citizens after being approved by Houston City Council

On April 28, the Houston City Council confirmed Mario C. Diaz as the new director of aviation for the Houston Airport System.

"I want to thank Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council for giving me this opportunity to serve as the director of aviation for the Houston Airport System," said Diaz. "I am excited to be in Houston and I look forward to meeting and interacting with the more than 1,500 employees who serve the public at the Houston Airport System."

Mayor Annise Parker nominated the highly experienced aviation veteran two weeks ago.

"Our airports give many people a first impression of Houston, while also providing a welcome for others returning home," said Mayor Parker. "Efficiency and high-quality customer service are crucial for all travelers - whether they are from Houston, come for a short stay or just passing through."

City Council Members praised the selection as they welcomed Diaz to Houston.

City Council Member Sue Lovell told Diaz that she looks forward to working with him adding, "you come with a very fine resume and a very fine reputation."

Numerous City Council Members mentioned how valuable Houston Airports are as assets to the city as gateways to the world. Several city leaders mentioned the importance of seeking growth opportunities in Latin America.

Diaz has a strong focus on customer service and is regarded as one of the industry's leading authorities in aviation technology and the study of future developments in commercial aviation.

Prior to coming to Houston, Diaz served as deputy general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He oversaw the daily operations, finance, capital development and technological innovation for the world's busiest airport. He was a major force in Hartsfield-Jackson's technology innovations, including development of the world's largest indoor Wi-Fi hotspot.

Diaz previously worked for several other aviation teams including the New Jersey airport system, John F. Kennedy Airport and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He is a licensed private pilot with instrument certification.

Diaz graduated from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He holds an M.B.A. in finance from Rutgers Graduate School of Business Administration in New Jersey.

Diaz is a native of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico.

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