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Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport's Mike Stewart Named 2023 Virginia Airport Manager of the Year 

ROANOKE, Va. (Aug. 15, 2023) – Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport Executive Director Mike Stewart was named 2023 Virginia Airport Manager of the Year by the Virginia Department of Aviation.

The award was presented on Aug. 9 during the 2023 Virginia Aviation Conference in Williamsburg, Va.

Stewart was recognized for his strategic leadership in advancing operational excellence, collaboration, and public outreach at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA).

Since joining the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission in 2021, Stewart has led the relaunch of ROA’s master planning process, a comprehensive study to evaluate and determine long-term needs and development plans for the airport over the next 20 years and beyond.

Under his tenure, ROA has filled key administrative positions, including general counsel, director of planning and engineering, and procurement and contracts manager.

“Guided by a collaborative approach, Mike Stewart continues to impact positive change at ROA. He builds support for the airport and understanding of its key role in Southwest Virginia’s economic ecosystem through close engagement with stakeholders across the region and Commonwealth,” said N.L. Bishop, chair of the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission.

“We look forward to ROA’s bright future under Mike’s leadership and congratulate him on this outstanding honor.”

View the full award list.

From left: Greg Campbell, Mike Stewart, N.L. Bishop posed

From left: Virginia Department of Aviation Director Greg Campbell, Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport Executive Director Mike Stewart, and Roanoke Regional Airport Commission Chair N.L. Bishop.

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