NYAMA Honors Joel Russell with 2015 Bill Shea Award

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NYAMA President Jeremy Martelle (left), Award Recipient Joel Russell (middle) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (right), co-chair of the NYS Aviation Legislative Caucus.

ALBANY, NY (10/01/2015)(readMedia)-- In recognition of his years of service to aviation in New York state, the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) is pleased to announce that Joel Russell is the recipient of the 2015 Bill Shea Award. Mr. Russell was presented with his award at a ceremony held during NYAMA's 2015 Fall Conference and Exhibit show in Rochester.

Mr. Russell's career includes more than 38 years of service in the aviation industry, including senior airport management experience. He served as Airport Manager at Albany International and Westchester County airports, and was a senior manager at Teterboro Airport in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan region. He has experience in all aspects of airport management, including new terminal construction, oversight of environmental issues, management of security requirements, and ensuring compliance with all Part 139 standards and requirements. Currently, Mr. Russell is a Senior Associate at Steven Baldwin Associates, an airport management consulting firm.

Mr. Russell holds a master's degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle University and a B.A. in Economics from Lafayette College. He is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). He is past president of the New York Aviation Management Association and continues to be very active in the organization.

"In recognition of all Joel Russell has done in aviation and the huge impact he has made in our field, NYAMA is honored to present him with the Bill Shea Award," said NYAMA President Jeremy P. Martelle. "Joel represents the highest standards of excellence in aviation management. I couldn't think of a better recipient of this award."

The Bill Shea Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and effected positive change in the aviation industry in New York state. Those eligible for the award must have gone beyond the call of duty and given of their time, energy and resources to significantly impact the aviation industry in New York state for the better. Eligible individuals must also have developed a positive relationship with the New York Aviation Management Association, though they do not necessarily need to be NYAMA members.

The Bill Shea Award was created in honor of William F. Shea, an aerospace educator and lecturer and NYAMA's first president, who has had extensive experience in administration, education, government, and aviation. Bill has held number of aviation positions, authored many aviation-related articles, and received numerous industry awards throughout his career.

NYAMA is a non-profit association of aviation professionals with members from New York State airports, State government agencies, planning boards, consultants, engineers, equipment manufacturers, and education facilities. NYAMA is devoted to promoting airport development and representing the needs of the entire aviation industry.