This appointment increases the overall number of members constituting the IAA Board from ten to eleven
INDIANAPOLIS, 2018-Jul-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced today (07/02/18) the appointment of Tamika Catchings to the Indianapolis Airport Authority Board.
“It is with tremendous pride and confidence that I have asked Tamika Catchings to fill this important position on behalf of the citizens of Indianapolis,” said Mayor Hogsett. “I have long been an admirer of hers in her many professional roles: as an Olympic athlete and longtime player on the Indiana Fever, a noted civic leader, and most recently, a community-based small business owner. I am certain her extensive experience and heart for Indianapolis leave her well prepared to help oversee our city’s award-winning airport.”
“Tamika Catchings’ commitment to excellence throughout her lifetime of achievement will only assist us as we strive to continue the highest quality of customer experience here at the Indianapolis International Airport,” said Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez. “As we continue to raise the Indy airport’s profile internationally, after the recent launch of our nonstop flight to Paris, we are particularly excited by the multicultural experiences Tamika will bring, having played and lived in various places around the world.”
This appointment increases the overall number of members constituting the IAA Board from ten to eleven, brought about by the Indiana General Assembly’s passage of House Enrolled Act 1070, effective July 1, 2018, elevating a non-voting member of the board representing Morgan County to a full voting member, and granting the Indianapolis Mayor one additional appointment. Catchings will serve a four-year term.
“It’s an honor to be asked to serve on the Indianapolis Airport Authority board, working alongside community leaders to care for some of Central Indiana’s greatest assets,” said Catchings. “I look forward to collaborating with the IAA board and staff to celebrate and uplift the award-winning Indianapolis airport, as well as the other IAA facilities throughout the area. Together, I know we can continue to achieve great things for our city.”
Tamika Catchings retired from professional basketball after the 2016 WNBA season, having played her entire career as a member of the Indiana Fever. Highlights include a WNBA championship in 2012, MVP of the league in 2011 and 12 all WNBA selections. During this same time-span, she represented her country in four Olympic Games, winning gold medals in woman’s basketball each time.
Finally, when not playing professionally with the Fever, she also played internationally for teams in South Korea, Russia, Poland and Turkey. Catchings played college basketball at the University of Tennessee with the legendary Pat Summitt, winning a national championship, as well as being named Naismith College Player of the Year in 2000.
Upon retirement, she remains involved with her sport by serving Pacers Sports and Entertainment as their Director of Player Programs and Franchise Development. She also remains committed to community through, among other outlets, her Catch the Stars Foundation, founded in 2004, providing basketball camps, mentoring and literacy programs for underprivileged children.
Since retirement, Catchings has also honed her entrepreneurial interest as the owner of a tea shop, Tea’s Me Café, located on the near north side of Indianapolis.
About the Indianapolis Airport Authority
The Indianapolis Airport Authority owns and operates Indiana’s largest airport system. In addition to the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), the IAA has five other facilities in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, including the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport-Gordon Graham Field, Indianapolis Regional Airport and Metropolitan Airport. IND generates a $5.4 billion total annual economic impact for Central Indiana – without relying on state or local taxes to fund operations. More than 10,000 people work at the airport each day, and 22,600 area jobs have a connection to the airport. IND serves more than 8.7 million business and leisure travelers each year, averaging 145 daily flights – seasonally and year-round – to 51 nonstop destinations. IND is consistently ranked, year after year, as the best airport in North America and the nation, based on ease of use, passenger amenities, customer service, local retail offerings and public art. The airport is home of the world’s second-largest FedEx operation and the nation’s eighth-largest cargo facility. IND is committed to becoming the airport system of choice for both passenger and cargo service. For more information, visit IND’s Facebook page at Indianapolis International Airport and Twitter page at @INDairport.
Source: Indianapolis International Airport