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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2019
Press Release: 19-0044
Contact: Linda Bustamante, (907)266-2596,

DOT&PF Deputy Commissioner John Binder Appointed Chair of NASAO
NASAO is a dedicated group of airport executives who have made significant contributions to the aviation industry.

NASAO Executive Board
NASAO Executive Board (L to R): Anthony McCloskey (PA),
Treasurer; John Binder (AK), Chair; Bobby Walston (NC),
Vice Chair; Cassandra Isackson (MN),Immediate Past
Chair; Dave Ulane (CO), Secretary

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) announced the 2019 - 2020 board at NASAO’s 88th Annual Convention & Trade Show in St. Paul, Minnesota. The NASAO board - comprised of state aviation directors will be led by chair John Binder, A.A.E., Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF).

As Deputy Commissioner of Aviation for DOT&PF, Binder leads Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks international airports, along with 237 state owned airports across Alaska.

“I congratulate John for this achievement,” said DOT&PF Commissioner John MacKinnon. “The NASAO organization is a huge advocate for airport funding in America and having John leading this board is good for aviation in Alaska.”

NASAO is dedicated to representing the interests of the states and the public before policymakers at the federal level. NASAO works closely with the Department of Transportation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Transportation Research Board and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. NASAO maintains an official Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 35 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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