Centerlines - December 2009 - (Page 11)

TR AINING CENTER Cream of the Crop Airport Executive Leadership Program educates industry’s finest BY N ICOL E N EL SON FROM MICHAEL RODYNIUK to Cheryl Marcell, ACI’s Airport Executive Leadership Program (AELP) continues to churn out the cream of the airport crop. Winnipeg Airports Authority’s Rodyniuk earned his AELP certificate two years ago. He has since been elevated to senior vice president and airport chief operating officer. He said, “In discussions with my CEO, we wanted to step up my responsibilities Winnipeg Airports within our organization. Authority’s The challenge was that Michael Rodyniuk my airport experience was limited to my years working with major air carriers; not airports. We agreed that I needed some training from ACI and that the AELP would be a good place for me to start. It was! My fellow graduates from the course offered in Vancouver, Canada, are now some of my most trusted advisors across a wide range of airport issues.” Marcell, the Sacramento County Airport System deputy director of marketing and public relations, recently completed a week of fulltime classroom sessions in Jacksonville as part of the latest AELP class of airport overachievers destined to rise to the top. “Quite frankly, it Sacramento has been one of the best County Airport professional opportunities System Deputy I have ever had,” Marcell Director of said. “We are taking Marketing and Public Relations, subjects we all learned in school, such as leadership Cheryl Marcell and change, and exploring them at a greater depth.” Paul Behnke, ACI team leader for airport management accreditation, said the course was created “for the airport leaders of tomorrow, designed by the airport leaders of today.” Every individual who has taken the seven-week AELP course has earned his or her spot in the program, Behnke said, noting that the handful of students selected for each session are hand-picked and nominated by their respective CEOs. “Selection is really reserved for those few individuals deemed by senior management to have the right stuff,” he said. History AELP pre-dates the majority of ACI’s educational initiatives including Global Training Hub and the Airport Management Accreditation Program (AMPAP). The creation of AELP emanated from ACI World Governing Board concerns with succession planning. With this impetus, Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business and ACI became the vehicle to deliver the combination seminar and online ACI training program. To design AELP, ACI assembled a team of three airport directors representing three regions as well as a handful of world business partners with expertise in education and training. With six weeks online and one week in the classroom, their concept was to have a course that would focus fi rst on the basic attributes of leadership, and then drill down to the narrower focus of the airport industry. The course begins online with AELP participants discussing assigned readings in the classics of leadership by preeminent thinkers in the field, and continues to bounce the content around in virtual space with classmates. After the face-to-face The next AELP session will begin on April 26 with the classroom session in Montréal on May 15-21. The registration deadline is April 1. For gathering at the course’s midway point, four more weeks of online coursework are complimented by fi nal assignments in the form of both personal and team projects. The fi rst four courses attracted 72 participants from 30 countries, and the current 2009 course is trending similarly. Marcell’s classmates, who met in Jacksonville in October, hosted by the Jacksonville Airport Authority, include16 participants from 10 different countries including five from the United States. AELP may be taken as an elective for the AMPAP or as a stand alone course. According to Marcell, the crosscultural aspect of the course is a key asset to the program. “We are working through these projects and learning how airports are run in Africa, Sweden and South America,” she said. “In my opinion, that piece of it is just as valuable as the theory and academic focus. When you think about it, our business operates globally every single minute of every day. There aren’t too many businesses out there that do that. So to have an appreciation for how things run in Africa or Sweden or China makes you a better professional and gives you a network of highly-educated contemporaries that have gone through the program and understand the intricacies of airport management.” Behnke concurs. “One of the strengths of AELP is that it brings people of different cultures and backgrounds into an experience where they are working in teams,” he said. “They wind up with solutions they would never get if they were working in teams of all one nationality.” ■ more information, contact Nathalie Zulauf at in Geneva or Paul Behnke at pbehnke@ in the United States. | CENTERLINES

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Centerlines - December 2009

Centerlines - December 2009
Table of Contents
President's Message
Canadian Airports
Associates' Corner
Policy Corner
Training Center
On the Hill and On the Stump
Cover Story: Time to Look Ahead
Griesbach Concessions Award Winners
Passenger Focus: Enabling the Disabled
Environment: Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance
Now Underway
New Members
Index of Advertisers/
Box Scores

Centerlines - December 2009