Washington, D.C. — December 12, 2013 — National Strategies LLC (NSI) today announced that Greg Principato, a leading Transportation and Aviation Industry executive has joined the company as senior adviser for its transportation and infrastructure practice, effective immediately. As a leader on transportation issues in the country, he will provide counsel and strategic insights to NSI’s clients and partners.
“Greg Principato’s involvement and understanding of aviation and transportation infrastructure is an exceptional resource for companies and organizations that need the best strategy for success,” said Al Gordon, CEO of NSI. “His experience and stature will lend invaluable counsel to our clients and colleagues.”
Principato served as President of Airports Council International – North American from July, 2005 through June, 2013. In this capacity, he oversaw the leading association of airports and airport-related businesses in North America, which enplane nearly all of the domestic and international airline passenger and cargo traffic on the continent. ACI-NA is the largest of the five worldwide regions of Airports Council International.
Principato's involvement in aviation and transportation infrastructure spans more than thirty years. From 1979 to 1986 he worked on transportation issues for Senators J. Bennett Johnson (LA.) and Joseph R. Biden (DE.). After leaving the Senate, he went to work in the administration of Virginia Governor Gerald L. Baliles. The Baliles administration was nationally known for a commitment to transportation infrastructure.
In 1993, as Executive Director of the National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry, Principato was responsible for the high profile work of a commission composed of 15 leaders from airlines, airports, manufacturers, general aviation, labor and the financial community. The Commission tackled important issues such as air traffic control reform, capacity enhancement, federal funding, international air service rights and foreign investment.
“"I am thrilled to join the NSI team and have the opportunity to utilize my experience in trade and transportation, and to be able to continue focusing on aviation issues," said Principato. “NSI has a long history of outstanding service and reputation in the transportation area. Being part of the NSI team is a great opportunity to leverage my deep understanding for clients in the transportation and infrastructure fields, “ said Principato.
Principato said a number of concerns need to be addressed, including congestion, air traffic control reform, investment in aviation infrastructure and new security technologies.
Updated once every four years, this year's Report Card found that America's overall grade for infrastructure is a D+ and under the Transportation category, Aviation again earned a D grade.
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