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Robinson To Lead ACI-NA Committee

Lester Robinson, chief executive officer of the Wayne County Airport Authority, has been named chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for ACI-NA for 2008.

The committee steers the association’s government affairs strategy and policy positions in conjunction with the board of directors. As chairman, Robinson will lead the national airport industry’s policy-making body for federal government programs, legislation and regulations critical to the country’s air transportation system.

 “It is rewarding to know that the airport industry recognizes what a talented leader we have in Lester Robinson,” says David Treadwell, chairman of the Wayne County Airport Authority Board.  “Lester has proven himself to be a true collaborator, working successfully with airlines and other airport stakeholders to enhance and expand our airports.  That track record will serve both ACI-NA and the airport industry well in Washington.”

ACI-NA represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports throughout the U.S. and Canada.  ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95% of the domestic and virtually all of the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.

Robinson became the director of airports for Wayne County in April 2000, and the airport authority’s first CEO in 2002. He is the first black man to lead Wayne County’s airports.

He was appointed to the ACI-NA board of directors for a three-year term beginning in January 2007.  In early 2007, Airport Revenue News named him “2006 Best Airport Director of the Year” for airports serving more than 5 million passengers annually.