Industry Affiliates

To advance leadership opportunities and business advocacy in four of the region's largest growth industries, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation leads four industry-focused affiliates.

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MDAC logoThe Metro Denver Aviation Coalition (MDAC) is comprised of a broad spectrum of business leaders from both the private and public sectors, including leadership from
Denver International Airport, and Centennnial, Front Range, and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan airports.

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MDAC is chaired by Travis Vallin, Principal at Jviation. Vallin joined Jviation in 2010 and currently serves as Principal. In just over two years, he has been instrumental in expanding the firm’s services in the Rocky Mountain Region. Previously with the Colorado Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division, where he was named to the Aeronautic Director’s position in 1998, Vallin provides an in-depth knowledge on the aviation issues impacting the aviation community. Vallin has more than 19 years of experience managing and supporting complex aviation programs. 

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Andrea Blankenship is the Vice-Chair of its industry affiliate, the Metro Denver Aviation Coalition.  

Blankenship has 20 years of experience in the airline industry and began her career with Lufthansa German Airlines in 1994. During her tenure with Lufthansa, she took on progressive roles such as District Sales Manager in Denver where she led the launch of the Denver to Frankfurt nonstop flight, acting General Manager in Canada, and District Sales Manager in New York City. She is currently working towards her Executive MBA at the University of Denver – Daniels College of Business.