Deborah Ale Flint is Honored with New Leadership Award

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For Immediate Release
December 23, 2013

Airport Area Business Association Honors Port of Oakland Aviation Director Deborah Ale Flint with New Leadership Award


Port of Oakland Aviation Director Deborah Ale Flint honored by Airport Area Business Association.

Oakland, CA – Dec. 23, 2013 –The Airport Area Business Association (AABA), an organization of more than 100 member firms actively working to improve the economic and environmental conditions in the area near Oakland International Airport (OAK), has honored Port of Oakland Aviation Director Deborah Ale Flint with its first-ever Leadership Award.

“Thanks in large part to her leadership at the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport–and the public confidence she has inspired–there’s a buzz in the air about what’s happening in the Airport/Coliseum area,” said AABA Executive Director Debbie Hauser. “She’s the real deal. Deborah is making good things happening for OAK, and when good things happen at the airport, that translates to good things for all of Oakland.”

The AABA Leadership Award was established as a way to recognize exceptional individuals who are making a particular positive impact throughout the Coliseum-Airport Area of Oakland through his or her actions, words and deeds. The idea was born out of the organization’s acknowledgement of contributions made by leaders, thinkers and workers over the last century who have made Oakland and the Airport/Coliseum Area the hub of activity it has become today.

“I am humbled to be the first recipient of this new Leadership Award,” said Ale Flint. “The Port of Oakland team recognizes the importance of a strong local business community to Airport’s success, and I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of my team members who work every day to ensure OAK remains a strong economic engine for our community.”

AABA was established 45 years ago to promote and sustain commerce and industry in the Oakland International Airport/Coliseum area. AABA serves as the communication link for its membership and associated partners and represents its members’ interests in legislative issues, including state, federal and local regulations, with an emphasis on taxation, safety, security, property improvement, ecology, and area promotion matters that influence the local business climate. For more information regarding the AABA, visit

About the Port of Oakland:
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport and Oakland International Airport. The Port’s jurisdiction includes 20 miles of waterfront from the Bay Bridge through Oakland International Airport. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at

Media Contacts:

Scott Wintner,
Port of Oakland
(510) 563-2892
[email protected]

Debbie Hauser
Airport Area Business Association
(510) 545-7773
[email protected]

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