MARIO RODRIGUEZ

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT AUTHORITY

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Mr. Rodriguez is the Executive Director (CEO) of the award-winning Indianapolis Airport Authority. He is one of the foremost aviation experts in the United States, the former president of the California Airports Council and appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Department of Transportation Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection. For 30 years he has held leadership positions in airports from Long Beach, California to New Orleans, Louisiana with year-after-year success in achieving results in rapidly changing environments. 

Today he spearheads the Authority’s strategic direction and operations. Under his leadership the Authority has amassed an impressive number of awards and recognitions including being named the Best Airport in the U.S. by J.D. Powers and Associates, Airport Council International, and Condé Nast.

He gives back to his community by serving as the chairman of the statewide Indiana Latino Institute. He also is a Board Member of key organizations such as the Indy and Indiana Chambers, Visit Indy, The Indiana Sports Corps, Economic Club of Indiana and the 500 Festival.

Graduate of the University of Miami (1987), attended the Harvard Kennedy School, and an accomplished author and speaker on issues affecting the aviation industry, including business recovery and disaster management. He is currently authoring a textbook on airport financial management.

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