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Airport Authority’s Chief Financial Officer Honored with Top Airport Industry Award

Friday, June 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO – June 14, 2019 – Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) has named San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s Chief Financial Officer Scott Brickner as its 2019 ACI-NA Finance Professional of the Year for Large Airports.  The award was announced during ACI-NA’s 2019 Business of Airports Conference gala dinner on June 12.  

“The Airport Authority would not be the successful public organization it is today without Scott’s skills and talent,” said Kim Becker, President/CEO for the Airport Authority. “His keen ability to get ahead of and anticipate revenue and expense impacts is extraordinary.  Moreover, his passion for financial planning has instilled discipline throughout the organization and enabled employees to make good, sustainable financial decisions.”

In his role, Bricker oversees more than 70 employees in five departments including accounting, airline management, finance and risk management, information and technology services and procurement.  He helped to ensure the airport had an incredibly strong fiscal year 2018, with an increase in net position of almost $27 million, which was $25 million better than budget.

Under his leadership, Brickner led the execution of the Airport Authority’s last three airport revenue bond financings, and an additional special facility revenue bond financing, totaling more than $1.5 billion. The General Airport Revenue Bond sale in 2017 achieved the lowest borrowing cost for a bond sale in the airport’s history, saving an estimated $43 million over the life of the bonds. 

“At a time when airports are financially constrained, financial professionals like Scott Brickner have developed creative solutions to meet their airports’ significant needs,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “As airports around the country seek to find ways to fund much-needed upgrades and maintain operations, this year’s 2019 Finance Professionals of the Year prove that a sustainable business model is key to any airport’s success. I congratulate Scott on his important accomplishments.” 

The 2019 ACI-NA Business of Airports Conference was held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference attracted more than 600 commercial management, human resource, and finance executives from the North American airport industry.

About San Diego International Airport

Serving a record 24 million passengers in 2018, San Diego International Airport (SAN) offers nonstop services to 70 destinations in the continental U.S., Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada.  In operation since 1928, the airport is celebrating more than 90 years of service to the San Diego region.  The airport has been managed by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority since 2003.  The Airport Authority plans for and provides air transportation services to the region with safe, effective facilities that exceed customer expectations. 

About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports. Collectively, U.S. airports support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at www.airportscouncil.org. 

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MEDIA CONTACT:   

Rebecca Bloomfield 
Public Information Officer | Communications 
San Diego International Airport 
T 619.400.2880 | M 619.890.8279 
rbloomfi@san.org

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