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Paine Field Director Named Airport Executive of the Year

davewaggonerPaine Field director Dave Waggoner earned high honors from the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives - the group named him Airport Executive of the Year at its annual banquet Tuesday, Oct. 1.

"I'm extremely honored to be recognized," said Waggoner. "I work with a great team at Paine Field who do a wonderful job ensuring our airport meets FAA standards and who care about our tenants and our community. This award really reflects their hard work and dedication."

The award is given each year to an airport director who has demonstrated superior performance in providing an efficient air-transport facility, maintained good relationships with surrounding communities, shown good business management, and who has a good personal and professional reputation.

Waggoner has served as the Paine Field Director for more than 22 years following a 26-year career in the Navy, including a stint as commander of NAS Whidbey. In that time the County has received $85 million in federal grants for airfield infrastructure and safety improvements, revenue has increased threefold, and the number of aircraft based at Paine Field has increased by 50 percent to 615.

Under Waggoner's direction, Paine Field continues to build long-term relationships with local tenants, businesses and the surrounding community, and works to balance the needs of the flying public and local residents.

The Northwest chapter of AAAE includes the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Northwest territories, and the countries of Asia. The AAAE supports the educational efforts of local airport executives by bringing members together to share interests and information. Find more information about AAAE online at

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