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Burbank FSD honored with 2019 TSA Trailblazer Award

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
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Anita Minaei, federal security director at Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, California, was recognized this month with the 2019 TSA Trailblazer Award. Minaei was honored with the award during the annual TSA Women’s Equality Day celebration at TSA headquarters.

Minaei was recognized for her continued efforts to improve the organization, her proactive anticipation of challenges, and passionate coaching and mentoring to help her employees achieve their true potential. In keeping with her commitment to TSA’s strategic priorities, Minaei has dedicated herself to improving the agency’s operations and caring for her staff.

Among her many accomplishments, she has worked to increase FSD delegations of authority in screening procedures to streamline operations within the agency; she worked to ensure her employees in the San Luis Obispo area received a much needed cost-of-living adjustment; and she played a prominent role in traveling mentoring panels in support of TSAs "Why Not You?" initiative to cultivate, develop and retain female talent within the agency.

“She serves as a mentor in many different ways,” said Gary Renfrow, Assistant Administrator for Aviation Operations. “She truly epitomizes commitment to people.”

In accepting the award, Minaei said, “This job cannot be done by myself…it truly takes a village to support me to do what I do. I am so blessed to be around such amazing people.”

Administrator Pekoske expressed his congratulations on Twitter saying, “As part of our #WomensEqualityDay celebration, I am honored to recognize Anita Minaei, Federal Security Director at @fly_BUR, as recipient of our 2019 TSA Trailblazer Award.”