Alexander Peric says his appreciation for aviation stems from his father. “He wasn’t a pilot nor did he work for an airline, however, he had a love for aviation and would take my brother and I to air shows every year, and he would park his van at the end of the runway at Cleveland Airport and sit me on the hood and we would watch the planes land and take off together,” he says.
Today Peric has spent 12 years working in the industry he grew to love as a child. He currently serves as aviation business manager for the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA), which operates Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport.
Peric’s responsibilities include providing analytical management through planning, coordinating and directing projects, risk management, assessing the financial implications of contractual matters, and negotiating and writing leases and agreements. Prior to his current position, the A.A.A.E. accredited airport executive served as an aviation business analyst with the ACAA for three years and held various business and operational management positions for the Cleveland Airport System, City of Phoenix Aviation Department and Continental Airlines.
He lectures to high school and college students about aviation careers and the importance of academic preparedness. Peric received the 2013 Kent State University Vision 21 distinguished alumni award presented to college graduates who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their profession; and the Cleveland Airport System’s Director’s Award and Performance Award in 2010 for exemplifying the values of the organization and exceeding performance objectives and goals. He was also honored with a “Friend of Phoenix” title in 2008 for his dedication, commitment and contributions to the City of Phoenix Aviation Department.
Peric, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in aviation management and a private pilot license from Kent State University, says he loves his job because it’s different every day, and considers his greatest achievement to date to be his help on a utilities program at Pittsburgh International Airport which identified cost savings throughout the airport and its reliever airport.
Recipients include Brett Fay, a student at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN; Gregory Myers from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT; and Robert Hanks, from California...