Member Spotlight

Derek Faulkner,  C.M., ACE

Manager, Operations
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What year did you join AAAE?


Who is your industry mentor?

I am lucky enough to have two excellent mentors, Peter Modys A.A.E., (Former) Deputy Executive Director Aviation, Lee County Port Authority, and Ethan Croop A.A.E., Senior Manager Maintenance Administration, Lee County Port Authority.

What is the most interesting thing about you that is not in your resume?

I love beekeeping! I currently have three bee hives in my backyard that I manage and harvest honey from each year.

Favorite airport code?


Dream destination?

Tokyo and Saint Martin

What is your favorite AAAE memory? What made it so memorable?

In 2017 I attended the Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium. I was selected to sit on a panel for a question. Speaking in front of 600 airport professionals was nerve-wracking but an experience I will never forget!

How have AAAE professional development opportunities helped advance your career?

At the suggestion of one of my mentors, Ethan Croop A.A.E., I decided to apply for an AAAE Professional Development Grant to attend the Loretta Scott Academy. To my amazement, I was selected for a Professional Development Grant to attend the academy in Dallas. The course was exactly what I needed to get over the hump to pass the certification exam. Now that I have earned my C.M., I have my sights set on earning my A.A.E. designation. To that end, I recently applied for and was accepted into an MBA program at Florida Gulf Coast University. I plan to complete my MBA within the next two years and will then enroll in the A.A.E. program to begin studying for the final panel interview. Joining AAAE has been monumental in advancing my industry knowledge and career. I can not thank AAAE enough for the Professional Development Grant and for helping me achieve my goal of earning my C.M. designation.

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