DALLAS – Todd Hauptli, the new president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Airport Executives, on Monday named a four-person executive management team to help steer the Arlington, Va., -based association.

The airport executives group has been an advocate for airport finance issues, including increases in the federal passenger facility charge that supports bonds for aviation infrastructure projects. The group also has asked Congress to permanently eliminate the alternative minimum tax penalty on private-activity bonds issued for airports.

Joel Bacon, a 14-year veteran of AAAE, will head the association’s advocacy and public affairs operation. His oversight includes legislative and regulatory affairs, transportation security policy, and communications and press relations.

Hauptli said Bacon is “a shrewd strategist, a gifted communicator and wise counselor.”

Spencer Dickerson, will lead the association’s efforts in international meetings and training as executive and vice president for global operations. He will continue leadership of the international Association of Airport Executive programs as well.

Dickerson has been with the airport executives group for 33 years.

“No one has worked harder, longer or more effectively over a career measured in decades to build AAAE,” Hauptli said.

Jacky Sher Raker, a 12-year veteran of AAAE, was named executive vice president for meetings, membership, marketing and administration. She is the highest-ranking female executive in the association’s 85-year history, Hauptli said.

Carter Morris, the new executive vice president of AAAE Services, will oversee AAAE’s Transportation Security Clearinghouse, as well as its training and technology services, information services, and finance departments.

An 18-year veteran of AAAE, Morris “combines the vision and business savvy of an entrepreneur and the keen mind of a policy analyst,” Hauptli said.

Hauptli was named president and CEO of the association in September, effective Dec. 1. He succeeded Charles “Chip” Barclay, who had been head of AAAE since 1993.

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