Top 40 Under 40: Scott Gibbons

Scott Gibbons wasn’t looking for a job in aviation but the industry was looking for him. He saw an aviation risk management job advertised in the local paper after 9/11, applied for it, and got the job. During the last 11 ½ years he says he’s developed a true passion for the industry.

Gibbons is the vice president of Administration at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), a position he has held since 2011. He has been employed by CVG since 2002 and previously served as its director of Contract & Procurement Administration; senior manager of Contract Administration & Risk Management; and risk manager.

He recalls the time after 9/11 as a challenging time for aviation risk management. “We were the first airport in the country to receive SAFETY (Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) Act designation and certification which was a post 9/11 act,” Gibbons says. “It was an exciting time, working with the Department of Homeland Security and going through that process.”

Gibbons has been actively involved in Airports Council International since 2006, where he is currently a member of ACI’s Insurance and Risk Management Committee Steering Group and served as the committee’s chairman in 2007. Gibbons is also a past member of ACI’s Economic Committee Steering Group.

He earned a Master’s degree in air transportation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is an adjunct instructor for Embry-Riddle’s Cincinnati Area Campus. He also holds a Master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice & Safety.

Gibbons completed the FAA’s basic and advanced Airport Safety & Operations Schools in 2005 and earned his Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation from the American Association of Airport Executives in 2009. He received the International Airport Professional (IAP) designation from the joint ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce C-Change program, Class 7, and serves on the Board of Sojourner Recovery Services and the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.

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