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Houston Aviation Director Named to
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November 1, 2011

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Houston aviation director Mario Diaz is the newest Board Member for Airports Council International-North America.
Mario Diaz, the city of Houston's aviation director, is now a member of the Board of Directors for Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA).

Diaz was named to the position during the organization’s annual meeting, which took place in October in San Diego, California.

“Airports Council International-North America represents a key voice within the aviation industry,” Diaz says. “I’m excited to play a role within an organization that affects so many passengers, airports and communities on such a broad scale.”

ACI-NA advocates policies and provides services that strengthen the ability of air carrier airports to serve their communities. Airports belonging to ACI-NA enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.

The organization uses workshops, conventions and online resources to promote cooperation and the exchanging of ideas between airports operating across the globe.  North America is the largest of the five regions operating within the Airports Council International’s network.

Diaz arrived in Houston as the aviation director in June 2010. Prior to that, he had served as the deputy general manager at the nation’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. He is also a licensed pilot with instrument certification.

“I’ve been fortunate in viewing this industry from several different angles,” Diaz says. “I’ve seen it as an airport executive, a pilot and of course as a passenger. I think that sort of broad viewpoint can prove beneficial when you’re talking about issues within a multi-billion dollar industry.”

Diaz was one of three new members named to the ACI-NA Board of Directors at the October meeting. 
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