2014 NEWSMAKER: Mario Rodriguez

The Indianapolis Airport Authority hired its first new top executive since the abrupt departure of John Clark in 2012.

Rodriquez Rodriguez

Mario Rodriguez, who was executive director of the Long Beach Airport in California, arrived in June and took over from Robert Duncan, a former airport chief counsel who came out of retirement in 2012.

At Long Beach, Rodriguez oversaw the opening of a $45 million passenger concourse in 2012 that was part of a $145 million expansion and renovation.

Indianapolis International opened a new terminal in 2008, just as the industry nose-dived during the recession, and so has focused on generating non-airline revenue. Rodriguez said he would further that strategy while seeking opportunities for new air service and raising the passenger count.

Rodriguez unveiled a plan to market 1,200 acres of airport-owned land for non-aviation uses. He also oversaw the addition of new seasonal, vacation-oriented service from low-cost airline Allegiant and additional service from Southwest Airlines.

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