Greg Principato
Greg Principato joined ACI-NA as President in July 2005. In this capacity, Principato oversees the leading association of airports and airport-related businesses in North America, which enplane nearly all of the domestic and international airline passenger and cargo traffic on the continent. ACI-NA is the largest of the five worldwide regions of Airports Council International. Principato's involvement in aviation and transportation infrastructure spans more than 25 years. From 1979 to 1986 he worked on transportation issues for two senior members of the United States Senate: J. Bennett Johnson (D - Louisiana) and Joseph R. Biden (D - Delaware). After leaving the Senate, he went to work in the administration of Virginia Gov. Gerald L. Baliles. The Baliles administration was nationally known for a commitment to transportation infrastructure, a commitment that went well beyond roads to include airports and other modes. During that time, Principato worked with Congress on the transfer of Reagan National and Washington Dulles airports from federal control to the control of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, worked to increase international service at Dulles, and also worked with governors from other states on transportation issues through the National Governors' Association. In 1993, as executive director of the National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry (National Airline Commission), Principato was responsible for the high profile work of a commission composed of 15 leaders from airlines, airports, manufacturers, general aviation, labor and the financial community. The commission tackled important issues such as air traffic control reform, capacity enhancement, federal funding, international air service rights and foreign investment. Its report was presented to the President Clinton two days before the statutory deadline, and one-third of the commission's budget was returned to the treasury. In the years since, Principato has worked on a wide variety of aviation issues including the negotiation of a new air service agreement between the United States and Japan; the development of a new, global, standard for aircraft noise; the negotiation of an agreement between (then) US Air and its pilots; the negotiation of an international airline alliance and a host of other issues. In several instances, he coordinated the development of broad-based coalitions. In the case of the U.S. - Japan issue, the coalition had more than 3,000 members including airports from around the country. In the case of the noise standard coalition, there were more than 90 members worldwide, including a number of airports. The Coalition for a Global Standard on Aviation Noise worked closely with Airports Council International (ACI) in Geneva and Washington and participated in two of ACI's Greenport conferences. In each case, Principato coordinated the activity of the coalition, managed its budget, and served as a liaison between and among the coalition's members. Principato has developed good relationships with officials in the important federal agencies, and on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill. He is well regarded for his abilities and his approach to the issues within the aviation community in Washington, and has also developed a good reputation among aviation interests around the country and beyond our borders. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Principato earned an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.