Melbourne International Airport’s Melissa Naughton Earns National Designation
By Space Coast Daily // January 21, 2016
first female at MIA to earn designation
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Melbourne International Airport Assistant Director of Business Development Melissa L. Naughton has earned the right to add two new initials after her name, indicating that she is a Certified Member (CM) of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
Naughton is the first female employee at Melbourne International Airport to earn the designation, which is the first but important step towards national accreditation as an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE).
A graduate of Melbourne High School, Naughton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida.
She began her aviation career at Melbourne International Airport in 1999 and was recently promoted after serving as the airport’s contracts administrator during a period of record-setting growth in leasing and construction at the airport.
The certification program she successfully completed encompasses four critical areas of airport management including finance and administration; planning, construction and environmental, airport operations, security and maintenance as well as communications and community relations.
Naughton said that she was encouraged to pursue accreditation by Airport Executive Director Greg Donovan, AAE.
“I am grateful to work in an environment where the pursuit of excellence and advanced education is a priority,” she said.
“The Melbourne Airport Authority shares my commitment to this community and I am appreciative of the opportunity to contribute to the airport at an even higher level.”
Melbourne International Airport serves as the Atlantic coast’s gateway to Florida’s beaches, cruises and attractions. With nearly 500,000 passengers annually, it is credited with generating more than a billion dollars in economic activity for the Space Coast region.
“Melissa Naughton has a bright future in aviation,” said Donovan.
“She is homegrown and highly respected. Her love of aviation and dedication to this airport makes her an incredible role model locally and within the industry. I look forward to recognizing her certification at the upcoming meeting of the Melbourne Airport Authority.”
AMERICA’S AVIATION, AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING CENTER
Known as “America’s fastest growing Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing Center,” Melbourne International Airport tenants include Harris Corporation’s World Headquarters, Embraer, Northrop Grumman, L3, General Dynamics, GE Transportation, Thales Group and Rockwell Collins.
Melbourne International Airport is the closest airport to Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center/NASA and the surfing capital of Cocoa Beach.
Currently served by Delta Airlines, Porter Airlines, American Airlines, Baer Air and Elite Airways, Melbourne International Airport features three runways and a 200,000 square-foot terminal.
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