Monica Newhouse-Rodriguez and Michael Browning have been appointed by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb to the Ports of Indiana Commission.
Newhouse-Rodriguez is managing principal of Newhouse and Associates, a national airport consulting firm which provides airport planning, capital management and development services. Browning is the former president and CEO, and now chairman of the board, for Browning Investments, the largest developer of industrial distribution facilities in central Indiana.
"It is an honor to have two business professionals with such distinguished careers and extensive experience in transportation planning and industrial development join the Ports of Indiana team," said Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper. "Our organization is dedicated to growing Indiana's economy by developing world-class ports with a sustainable business model that does not require state funding to subsidize operations. We have been extremely successful because of the highly-qualified, business-focused leadership provided by our commission and management team, and we look forward to the contributions that Monica and Michael will make to the Ports of Indiana."
Newhouse-Rodriguez currently manages transportation and planning issues for the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Miami International Airport. She has previously worked with the Sacramento County Airport System, the Houston Airport System, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as well as the San Diego International Airport. Newhouse-Rodriguez received her bachelor's degree in aerospace from Middle Tennessee University and her MBA in information decision sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is on the Board of Directors of World Business Partners and Associates for Airports Council International-North America, the primary trade association for airports in the U.S. and Canada, and one of five worldwide regions.
Browning has been chairman of the board for Browning Investments since 2013 and was the company's president and CEO from 1981 to 2013. The Indianapolis-based real estate development company's portfolio includes large industrial parks, such as AirTech Park, AllPoints Midwest, AllPoints Anson, and several downtown office buildings totaling over 2 million square feet, including Capital Center, 300 North Meridian, Gateway Plaza, Landmark Center and Pan Am Plaza. Michael has been honored as "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young and Inc. Magazine, Notre Dame "Man of the Year," and a recipient of the "Sagamore of the Wabash" from Gov. Evan Bayh and Gov. Joe Kernan. He also serves as a board member and lead director of Duke Energy Corp. and the Indianapolis Indians. Previously, he served on the boards of Conseco Inc., Emmis Broadcasting Inc., the Seattle Mariners Baseball Club, and the Indiana National Bank, and was chairman and president of the Fidelity Bank of Indiana. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, and has honorary doctorate degrees from Marian University and Martin University.
The Ports of Indiana Commission is a seven-member, bipartisan board appointed by the Governor for staggered four-year terms to approve the organization's major projects, budgets and strategic objectives.