Scottsdale Airport; Scottsdale, Arizona
Date of Birth: 4-10-74
Years in Aviation: 15
Gary Mascaro has some 15 years in the aviation industry and currently serves as aviation director for Scottsdale Airport in Scottsdale, Arizona.
His responsibilities include the overall operation and development of the airport and the surrounding aviation community. Prior to his current position, Mascaro served as airport manager at the Phoenix Deer Valley Airport for five years. Mascaro’s first stint with the City of Scottsdale was as the assistant aviation director for the Scottsdale Airport for eight years.
Mascaro received his Bachelor of Science degree in Airway Science Management from Arizona State University. He is also a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and a certificated airport executive of the Southwest Chapter of AAAE (SWAAAE).
He was the recipient of the 2003 and 2007 President’s Award for his service and dedication to the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA). In 2008, Mascaro was one of the participants that received the 2008 FAA Herman C. Bliss award for his leadership and contribution to development of the Best Practices Guide for the State of Arizona.
Mascaro most recently received the Airport Executive of the Year Award in 2011-2012 from the Arizona Airports Association. Criteria for the AzAA award includes having a broad depth of knowledge and understanding of aviation issues, proven contributions to aviation facilities and airport improvement projects, and to be well respected in the local, state, and federal aviation community.
Mascaro is very active in the aviation industry and serves on several local, regional, and national boards and committees including: current member of the Board of Directors for SWAAAE; AAAE General Aviation Security Task Force; and FAA-ADOT joint use committee on Aviation Issues.
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The Southeast Chapter of AAAE consists of more than 450 members from 12 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.