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Hanna Receives Excellence in Aviation Leadership Award

Mark Hanna, Executive Director at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, has been named the recipient of this year’s Roger C. Marquardt Excellence in Aviation Leadership Award for his commitment and dedication to the Illinois aviation industry. The achievement was announced at the Annual Fall Illinois Public Airport Association Conference.

Frank J. Vala, Chair of the Springfield Airport Authority Board of Commissioners, commended Hanna, saying, “Mark Hanna has shown tremendous leadership and been a valuable aviation professional not only for the Springfield Airport Authority but also for the State of Illinois. His accomplishments in the aviation industry have had an enormous positive impact on the Springfield community and the rest of the state. We are very fortunate to have a proven leader like Mark at our airport. I want to personally congratulate him on this honor.”

The Illinois Public Airport Association was organized in 1954 by businesses and civic leaders to promote the development, construction, maintenance, and continued improvement of publicly-owned airports throughout the aviation system in the State.

Tom Cleveland, President of the Illinois Public Airport Association, said, “I would like to congratulate Mark Hanna, the Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport on receiving The Roger C. Marquardt Excellence in Aviation Leadership Award. This award is given to individuals heavily involved in improving Illinois Airports and the Illinois Airport System. Mark Hanna has shown his great dedication and passion to improve not only the two airports he has been in charge of in Illinois, Quincy Regional Airport and Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, but the enormous efforts he has put forth being a board member of the Illinois Public Airport Association to help all airports in Illinois. Mark is looked up to in the airport industry and has been a mentor to many new airport managers. Thank you, Mark, for all your hard work to make Illinois Airports and the Illinois Airport System the finest in the country!"


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