MWAA board elects new chairman, vice chairman

November 13, 2013
MWAA's new board officers. From left: Quince T. Brinkley, Jr., Frank M. Conner III, Warner Session (Photo courtesy of MWAA) MWAA’s new board officers Quince T. Brinkley Jr., left, Frank M. Conner III and Warner Session (MWAA)

Among the piece of business at the Wednesday meeting at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority  — the election of new officers.

In 2014, Virginia’s Frank M. “Rusty” Conner III will take over the chairmanship of the 17-member board. He succeeds Michael Curto, a Maryland appointee, who chaired the board during some of the most tumultuous times.

“I want to personally acknowledge my appreciation for Michael Curto’s leadership,” said Director Richard S. Carter. “He steered us through some very turbulent waters, stood fast through all these matters and held us together as a board of directors.”

Conner  is managing partner of DLA Piper’s Washington, D.C., office. He serves on the board of Ford’s Theatre and as counsel to the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He previously served as chairman of the board of the Virginia College Savings Plan, as a trustee of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and as a board member of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Conner lives in Alexandria.

D.C.’s Warner H. Session, the board’s new vice chairman, takes over from former Virginia representative Tom Davis. Session is founder of the Session Law Firm. Session is former counsel to the House Government Activities and Transportation subcommittee. He served as lead counsel to the subcommittee as it investigated the 1988 bombing of Pan Am  Flight 103. Session serves on the Boards of the Thurgood Marshall Center, United Black Fund, Parklands Community Center and Metropolitan Day School.

Also, Quince T. Brinkley  Jr. was elected secretary. He was first elected vice president and secretary to the Airports Authority in 2008. Brinkley worked for the City of Chicago in the Office of Management and Budget and served as a senior airport consultant with Unison Consulting Group Inc. in Chicago, where he provided consulting services to airports across the nation.  He has also worked in real estate development and finance in the Washington, D.C. region, Atlanta, and Charlotte, N.C., with the Urban Residential Development Corporation, the Freddie Mac Corp. and Wachovia Securities.

Conner, Session and Brinkley will serve one-year terms beginning in January.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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