Mario Rodriguez, the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, is an award-winning, nationally recognized leader in aviation. 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, The Sagamore of the Wabash, conferred by Governor Eric Holcomb in 2018. He is the former president of the California Airports Council and was named one of the ten most powerful people in Long Beach in 2012.
Under his leadership, the Indianapolis Airport Authority 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 by prestigious organizations such as J.D. Power, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, TripAdvisor, and Airports Council International.
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, The Indiana Sports Corporation, the Economic Club, and the Indy 500 Festival Committee. He is the former president of the board 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 one-hundred high school students to over twenty-eight hundred 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 from Hong Kong to Indiana.