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Congratulations to Amanda Rogers, Senior Engineer of Construction and Cathleen Mahoney, Program Director who were recently recognized as Professional Women in Construction, New York’s 20 Under 40 Outstanding Women in Construction.With a career that spans over 17 years, Cathleen is the Program Director...
John Pearson has officially taken over as the new chief executive of DHL Express to replace Ken Allen. Pearson takes over the role from Allen, who is heading over to the parcel giant’s new e-commerce division. Mr. Pearson joined DHL Express in 1986, and...
Hudson Ltd., a leader in North American travel retail, announced that Roger Fordyce has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective January 8, 2019. Mr. Fordyce succeeds Joseph DiDomizio, who is leaving the Company to pursue other interests.Mr. Fordyce served as...

Alan Dietl Passes

Alan was born in Ozone Park, Queens on January 11, 1949. Alan was one of four children: Frank Jr, Carol and Richard “Bo” Dietl born to Frank and Sally Dietl (nee Timpanaro). A lifelong New Yorker, Alan graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1967 and attended...
It was just after 5 p.m. on a recent Thursday evening and Chris Rhoads, the manager of airport operations at LaGuardia Airport, was engaging in one of his favorite pursuits – talking with high school kids about a future in aviation.This evening, however,...
Christina Callahan has accepted a position as deputy general manager of LaGuardia Airport it was reported in a Press Release on December 5th. She will work as a direct report to the airport’s general manager, Lysa Scully. The opportunity to join the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and...
Sad news today: one of the ‘greats’ of aviation has died. Herb Kelleher, founder of the low-cost carrier business – more specifically Southwest Airlines – was the Fred Smith of cheap travel.Herb Kelleher, New Jersey born and bred, received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan and...
United Airlines (UAL) today announced Pam Hendry has been named vice president and treasurer. Hendry will be responsible for Corporate Finance, Treasury Operations and Risk Management.Hendry is a senior aviation finance executive who has an extensive background in cost-effectively financing aircraft. She spent...
Each year, members from KAAMCO’s Cargo Committee Board (an association of station managers of all scheduled airlines operating into and out of JFK International Airport) get together to nominate employees within the industry for its Person of the Year award, which highlights the relentless efforts of one individual. The...
A New York City man who served as an aircraft technician with the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen has died at 100 years of age. He was one of the first black aviators in the military who served with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

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