St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Lambert Airport Director Honored

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge received the 2011 Professional Convention Management Association's Chairman's Award last month.

February 1, 2012 | 2 min reading time
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) honored Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge last month in San Diego with its 2011 PCMA Chairman’s Award. The honor was given in recognition of her leadership and crisis management following the April 22, 2011 tornado that hit Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Two major conventions (FIRST Robotics Competition and International Biomass Conference & Expo) were set to begin when the tornado hit. Hamm-Niebruegge led the Airport team to re-open Lambert within 24 hours resulting in minimal, if any, disruptions to the conventions that were being hosted in St. Louis during the days after the storm.


“The PCMA Chairman’s Award is the highest honor PCMA bestows each year to an individual or an organization for their unique achievements or contributions to the meetings industry in the previous year,” said PCMA Chairman Susan Katz. “Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge showed great leadership in response to the adversity and a commitment to our industry through spearheading the effort to reopen Lambert-St. Louis International Airport shortly following a tornado.”

Lambert resumed partial operations on April 23, 2011. Within four days, Lambert was back to full capacity. To accomplish this, Lambert had to relocate four airlines from the C Concourse which was closed because of extensive damage. The C Concourse will re-open in April after extensive renovations to repair the tornado damage.

The PCMA represents 6,300 members across 35 countries and is headquartered in Chicago, IL. 

Congratulations, Rhonda!

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