Mario Rodriguez is the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, representing the award-winning Indianapolis International Airport (IND). Under his leadership, the airport has experienced record-breaking passenger traffic, announced major economic development projects, and has been recognized as the Best Airport in North America and the United States, year after year from prestigious organizations such as J.D. Power, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, TripAdvisor, and Airports Council International.
Rodriguez is an award-winning, nationally recognized leader in aviation. He is an appointee of both the Obama and Trump administrations to the United States Department of Transportation's Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection. He has been honored with a United States Congressional Recognition, conferred by Congressman André Carson in 2019, and is the recipient of one of the State of Indiana's highest honors, a Sagamore of the Wabash, conferred by Governor Eric Holcomb in 2018. Before IND, during his tenure in California he served as the president of the California Airports Council and received a California Senate Resolution, conferred by Senator Ricardo Lara; United States House of Representatives Recognition, conferred by Congressman Alan Lowenthal; County of Los Angeles Commendation conferred by Chairman Don Knabe, and City of Long Beach Recognition conferred by Mayor Dr. Robert Garcia.
He is an active community leader and board member of numerous philanthropic and business organizations such as the Indianapolis and Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2021 NBA All-Star Game, Visit Indy, Indiana Sports Corp., Economic Club, and the Indy 500 Festival Committee. He is the former board president of the Indiana Latino Institute (ILI), whose mission is to improve health and advance the education of Indiana's Latino communities. Under his leadership, the institute expanded from serving 100 high school students to more than 2,800 in 2019.
Rodriguez is an engineering graduate of the University of Miami (1987), attended the Harvard Kennedy School, and is an accomplished author and speaker on issues impacting the aviation industry. For over 30 years, he has held leadership positions in aviation around the world from Hong Kong to Indiana.