(Asheville, N.C.) At the annual Airports Council International meeting in Long Beach, C.A. in October, Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., executive director of Asheville Regional Airport, was elected as an Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) regional advisor of the ACI World Governing Board. Bleiweis currently serves as chair of ACI-NA’s U.S. Policy Board, a role that focuses on advocacy for legislative policy decisions that affect the airport industry in the United States. “It is an honor to be elected as a regional advisor to the World Governing Board,” said Bleiweis. “Airports are extremely important globally, not just from a travel perspective, but from an international economic perspective, and I look forward to being involved in continuing to shape a positive future for our industry.” “Asheville Regional Airport is being led by one of the airport industry’s thought leaders,” said Bob Roberts, Chair of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority Board. “The airport has grown and thrived with Lew as our executive director, and the work he will continue to do with Airports Council International is important to the airport industry as a whole.” As the international association of the worlds’ commercial service airports, ACI represents the collective positions of its membership, which are established through committees and endorsed by the ACI Governing Board. These views reflect the common interests of the global airports community. ACI members operate 1,751 airports in 174 countries.