Far-reaching impacts of involvement in national organizations

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breukink-presenting_300pxOver the course of my career, I have been involved in both conference attendance and organizations at various state, regional and national levels. Involvement in industry conferences and committees keeps me informed and helps me develop professionally, which in turn benefits both my employer and the clients I serve. Currently, I am a member of the Operations and Technical Affairs (Tech Ops) Committee for the Airports Council International-North America.

ACI-NA is deeply interested in promoting cooperation and advocacy for airports providing commercial services to their passengers, customers and communities. This organization’s activities facilitate information sharing on current industry trends and practices and build professional relationships amongst its members within the aviation community.

My involvement on the Tech Ops Committee is particularly valuable to my clients, colleagues and teaming partners because it allows me to be right on track with current, relevant industry information and trends that impact best practices for airport operations, design and management. When we have timely information, we can provide better solutions, enhance collaboration efforts, and deliver great service to the communities the airports serve through the work we are doing in this national organization.

Damon Smith
Mead & Hunt’s Damon Smith, Aviation Northwest Business Unit Leader, was recently elected to the Airport Consultants Council Board of Directors.

The Airport Consultants Council is another organization that helps us serve our clients through networking among consultants and airports nationwide. This organization specifically looks at airport development, and protecting clients through professionalism, integrity and general best practices. I am happy to report our very own Damon Smith was recently elected to the ACC Board of Directors. This is an honor for Damon, recognizing his continued hard work in support of the airport industry.

Join me in congratulating Damon on this special achievement. Better yet, congratulate Damon in person if you see him at the 2017 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium, which started today in New Orleans.

If you have questions or ideas about how ACI-NA or ACC could impact the industry for your airport’s operations, contact Damon Smith or me, and we’d be happy to help facilitate those discussions. We would love to hear from you.


Mark Breukink, PE

About the Author

As Aviation Business Unit Leader of Mead & Hunt’s Eastern region, Mark Breukink, PE,  is responsible for our aviation work from Michigan to Mississippi and all states east. Mark is active with Airports Council International – North America and is a member of their Operations & Technical Affairs Committee, which provides a forum for the discussion and development of policies and programs that relate to airport safety planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance. Outside of work, Mark and his wife are both chauffeurs, shuttling their three daughters to various activities. In between his chauffeur duties, he is an avid sports fan cheering on his alma mater Michigan State University.

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