Mario Rodriguez, an aviation expert with over 29 years of experience in the private and public sectors, was appointed as the executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority in 2014. Prior to the Authority, Rodriguez successfully transformed the Long Beach Airport into an award-winning organization with world-class facilities and exceptional financial performance. Rodriguez also served as president of the California Airports Council, and he sits on the board of Airports Council International (ACI). In the past he served at airports from Hong Kong to Palm Beach, and served as the deputy director at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport where his leadership enabled the rapid recovery of the airport after Hurricane Katrina. He was later recognized for his expertise in environmental management and awarded the prestigious Environmental Achievement Award from ACI. He is an engineering graduate of the University of Miami and an accomplished author and speaker on issues affecting the aviation industry, including business recovery and disaster management.