Houston Airports Partnerships June 2016

This section of the newsletter highlights Houston Airports' partnerships and organizational achievements.

June 7, 2016

Ellington Airport Approaching Centennial Birthday​
Houston’s oldest airport is nearing an important milestone. Ellington Airport (EFD) was first established by the Army Air Service on May 21, 1917 and turned 99 in May. 

The airport was acquired by the City of Houston in 1984 and supports the operations of the United States military, NASA, and a variety of general aviation tenants. The airport is home to the annual Wings Over Houston Airshow and is also the place where many of the astronauts from the world-renowned Johnson Space Center receive their ongoing space training.

Ellington Airport is also home to the Houston Spaceport, the nation's 10th commercial spaceport.

Houston Airports Successfully Hosts 88th Annual AAAE Conference & Exhibition in Houston
Almost 2,000 aviation business professionals recently traveled to Houston to attend the 88th Annual AAAE Conference & Exhibition. The Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner was on-hand to welcome the attendees during the opening ceremony.

The conference featured lectures and training from some of the industry's most influential leaders including TSA Administrator Pete Neffenger and Houston Aviation Director Mario Diaz. 

Houston Airports Outreach
The Houston Airport System congratulates the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce’s Houston Black Leadership Institute Class III. These bright leaders of tomorrow are representative of key Houston business segments and share a commitment to improving our great city through servant leadership. The Honorable Mayor Turner and  Houston Airports Chief Municipal & Community Affairs Officer Rhonda Arnold serve on the GHBC Advisory Board alongside Thomas Jones, Eric Baker, Donovan Casanave, Tanya Easter, Jackie Hoyer, Jimmy James, Eartha Jean Johnson, Darryl King, Carla Lane, Sherman Lewis III, Bob Mackay, Gilda Ramirez, Vanessa Reed, Jevaughn Sterling, Larry Stokes, Carlecia Wright, and Carl Yates.

Houston Airports partnered with the City of Houston to serve community and team members that were impacted by recent severe weather. Alongside the HAS Interfaith Chapel, blue barrels were set up throughout our airport terminals to collect in-kind and non-perishable donations. Mayor Turner established www.houstonrecovers.org to serve as a central resource for those recovering and as a contribution portal for businesses and individuals that wanted to make donations.

Houston Airports Brings Knowledge of Airport Marketing to Houston Marketing Professionals
Kathleen Boyd, assistant director of Marketing for the Houston Airport System, recently spoke to a group of marketing professionals at the American Marketing Association Houston Chapter’s monthly luncheon. Boyd’s presentation focused on how the marketing team uses data to improve customer satisfaction and connect with customer needs including:

  • How to develop a customer hierarchy of need
  • How to mine existing research for MORE insights
  • How to leverage Big Data in perhaps unconventional ways

        For more information on American Marketing Association Houston, please visit http://amahouston.org/.

Houston Airports Congratulates EVA Air on Recent Honor
EVA Air and its Hello Kitty Jets have won a special Global Traveler magazine Leisure Lifestyle Award for Outstanding Customized Service, recognizing the airline for “going beyond what is expected” and “doing something extraordinary.” The magazine presented the award at an event in Los Angeles on May 19, 2016.  

Houston first welcomed EVA Air in June 2015.

Houston Airports Salutes Important Stakeholder, Guillermo Lambarri
Houston Airports congratulates, our colleague and business community stakeholder,  Guillermo Lambarri on the completion of his Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. For many years, Lambarri served as the airport contact Chamber of Commerce and  served as an aviation liaison for expos, luncheons and community outreach.  Lambarri is the Public Affairs Manager for AT&T in Houston and a graduate of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Institute. Municipal & Community Affairs Manager Jerry Peruchini who is also a graduate of  the Emerging Leaders Institute attended the graduation.