"Bruce is a valued colleague who is well-known for his leadership in the nation's airport management community and the broader aviation industry," said AAAE Chair Randall D. Berg, A.A.E., Director of Airport Operations at the Salt Lake City International Airport. "Distinguished service is a hallmark of Bruce's career, and it is fitting that AAAE has recognized him for the numerous contributions he has made during his remarkable four decades in the industry."
The Distinguished Service Award, given annually, is one of AAAE's highest levels of recognition. Men and women receive this award as a reflection of outstanding accomplishments in their professional and personal lives. Respected leaders of their own communities, these men and women also contribute to other aviation organizations, serve AAAE and its chapters and participate in civic and community affairs. Distinguished Service Award winners exemplify the best in airport management by continually bringing credit to the profession and the aviation community. All DSA winners are Accredited Airport Executives (A.A.E.) and exemplify the standards accreditation seeks to inspire.
Carter began his 40-year career as an air traffic controller in Des Moines, IA, and has held Director of Aviation positions in Waterloo, Iowa and Springfield and Peoria, Illinois before he joined the Quad City International executive team in 1999.
Carter currently serves as a Second Past President of the AAAE Board of Directors and is a Past President of the Great Lakes Chapter AAAE.
The Award was announced at the 86th Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition held in San Antonio, Texas in May and will be presented to Carter at a Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County board meeting to be held this week.
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ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.