General Session

Thursday, January 17

3:00 pm

Thoroughbred 1-3

Panel: Kentucky Commercial Service Airports:

Launching the Commonwealth to New Heights

Candace McGraw

Chief Executive Officer

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Candace McGraw was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in July, 2011. Ms. McGraw joined CVG as its Chief Administrative Officer in October, 2009. Prior to leading the CVG staff of approximately 460 members, Ms. McGraw served in a number of positions at the Cleveland Airport System, including Deputy Director, and served as General Counsel for Cleveland City Council and Legal Counsel and Deputy Director of Charitable Gaming for the Ohio Lottery Commission.  
 
Since joining CVG, Ms. McGraw has focused on positioning the airport for the future by completing a 2035 Master Plan Study; attracting both domestic and international low cost air carriers; consolidating operations into a renovated terminal facility; and diversifying revenues through targeted cargo, land and concessions improvements. Since becoming CEO, landing fee expenses paid by carriers have been reduced; local passenger growth has increased; CVG’s annual economic impact has grown from $3.4 billion to $4.4 billion; and approximately 200 acres of land have been developed for commercial and non-aviation use. CVG will also become the home to Amazon’s new Prime Air Cargo hub and is currently home to the North American superhub for DHL—its second largest global operation.      
 
Ms. McGraw is proud to lead a team that has been recognized as the Best Regional Airport in North America for seven of the last eight consecutive years. CVG was also recognized as the World’s Best Airport serving 5-10 million passengers by Sky Trax World Airport Awards.   
 
Current Board Affiliations: Airports Council International-North America (Chair); Airports Council International World Board (Member, Executive Committee);  Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (Member, Executive Committee); Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Northern Kentucky Chamber; Cincinnati Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Regional Alliance of Northern Kentucky (Secretary); ArtsWave (Member, Executive Committee). 
 
Education: Bachelor’s and Master’s, Duquesne University, 1985; Juris Doctor, University of Pittsburgh, 1988;  International Aviation Professional (IAP) certification from International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and ACI World. 
 
Awards/Honors: YWCA Career Woman of Achievement; Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky; C-Suite Award-CEO of Year; Lincoln Award from Northern Kentucky University; Nelson Schwab Jr. Distinguished Leadership Cincinnati Award; Best Boss of Northern Kentucky; Kentucky Airport Manager of the Year (and several others).  Eric J. Frankl, A.A.E. Biography 
 
Eric Frankl is the Executive Director of Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport.  In this capacity, Eric has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the airport, including airport operations, finance and administration, development and community relations.  He has worked in the airport industry for over 30 years.  Prior to his appointment at Blue Grass Airport, Eric served as the Executive Director at the airport in Toledo, Ohio and Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Illinois.   
 
Eric is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management in 1986.  He received his professional accreditation in 1996 from the American Association of Airport Executives and served as President of the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives in 2004/2005.  In 2010, he was awarded an Industry Excellence Award by the National Air Transportation Association for his efforts in fostering relationships with local aviation businesses and was also named Airport Manager of the Year by the Federal Aviation Administration Southern Region.  He recently finished a three-year term as the Chairman of the Airline Economics and Air Service Committee for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and currently serves as a Member on the AAAE national Board of Directors. 
 
Eric is also an active member of the local community and has served on a number of local Boards, including the Kentucky Blood Center, Bluegrass Care Navigators, LexArts and Kentuckians for Better Transportation. 


4000 n Mann, A.A.E., is the Executive Director of Louisville Regional Airport Authority. Dan also served as the Executive Director for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in West Columbia, SC; Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, IA; and Natrona County International Airport in Casper, WY.  

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