Centerlines - October 2011 - (Page 20)

2011 WILLI N C O L U MA M E . D O W N E S J R . A W A R D ORIS DUNHAM HONORED AS 2011 DOWNES AWARD WINNER T BY JUL I A RUBEL Oris Dunham, the 2011 William E. Downes Jr. Award winner. he winner of the 2011 William E. Downes Jr. Award is a legend, pioneer and visionary who laid the foundation for proper leadership and international representation in the airport industry. In the judgment of Hardy Acree, immediate past chair of ACI-NA Board of Directors, the director of Sacramento Airports and a 25-year friend and former colleague, Oris Dunham’s “passion for making a difference and seeing the future when few people could” made him the perfect candidate. The Downes Award is ACI-NA’s highest honor and it is awarded annually to an individual who displays outstanding leadership and action in airport or aviation management, develops or supports needed airport programs, promotes unity and collaboration across the industry, and plans for a better future. Dunham has an extensive history in the aviation industry, starting in 1970, with a stint the U.S. Air Force to becoming the first director general of Airports Council International. His numerous achievements are also well documented in his roles as director at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. However, it is not the new terminals, impressive leadership roles or active industry participation in Dunham’s career that distinguish him, but rather it is the intangible elements for which Dunham is most recognized and respected. He “blazed a trail for individuals who have found a career in airport aviation management and who look up to him as an example,” Acree said. Dunham admits one of his proudest moments was the way in which he broke into the industry—by working hard and moving up. Dunham went straight to Boeing after leaving the Air Force and at the time did not know airports had directors. After seeing the movie Airport, he used his connections in the airline industry and moved to Seattle to work at Sea-Tac. The airport director created an internship and training program where Dunham worked 20 hours a week. 20 CENTERLINES | OCTOBER 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Centerlines - October 2011

Welcome Message
President’s Message
Canadian Airports
Associates’ Corner
Policy Corner
On the Hill and On the Stump
The 2011 William E. Downes Jr. Award
Host Airport
Cover Story: Money, Service and Regulations are Top Concerns at Small Airports
Feature: Celebrating 20 Years of Annual Conferences
Feature: The Heart of the City—Aerotropolis Concept Positions Airports as City Cores
Security: TSA Reauthorization
Passenger Focus: Wings for Autism
On Management: Health and Happiness—Wellness Programs Benefit Employee and Employer
Grand Openings
Now Underway
New Members
Conference Sponsors
Conference Exhibitors
Index of Advertisers/
Box Scores

Centerlines - October 2011