March Monthly Meeting - MAC/MSP and TSA Updates

March 14, 2019
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport
4300 Glumack Dr.
Minneapolis, MN 55111
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GBTA – NORTH CENTRAL CHAPTER
MARCH MONTHLY MEETING
MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

MAC/MSP and TSA Updates
March 14, 2019
11:00 AM to 2:00PM

No walkups.
The maximum number of attendees is 80

Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport
4300 Glumack Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Venue Website
Directions

Sponsored by:  TBD

Topic:  MAC/MSP and TSA Updates

Keynote: 
Brian Ryks, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Cliff Van Leuven, Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration

Brian Ryks, Executive Director/CEO for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, and Cliff Van Leuven, Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration, will provide updates on the latest happenings at the MSP Airport.  MAC’s Terminal 1 conference center will host once again, as Brian and Cliff review many exciting changes and improvements planned at MSP.  Learn about the new concessions operations opening, the significant changes planned for the arrivals and departures level of Terminal 1, and security checkpoint improvements all aimed at enhancing the passenger experience at MSP.

About Brian Ryks and Cliff Van Leuven

Brian Ryks, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Brian D. Ryks, A.A.E. was appointed Executive Director/CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission in May 2016. 

Before arriving in Minneapolis, he held a similar position as Executive Director/CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While there, Mr. Ryks oversaw the completion of several significant projects including an airport re-branding campaign, a transition from a county controlled airport to an airport authority, a major expansion and renovation of Concourse B, construction of a state-of-the-art stormwater/aircraft deicing natural treatment system, a new general and corporate aviation arrivals terminal and initiated a 45-million-dollar terminal expansion and consolidated TSA passenger screening checkpoint. Ryks also led an innovative funding campaign to raise $20 million in private capital in support of the terminal expansion.  

During Ryks’ tenure, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport set all-time records for passengers in 2014 and 2015 and was rated in 2015 as the number one airport in North America by size by the Airports Council International Airport Service Quality survey.

Prior to his time in Michigan, he was the Executive Director at the Duluth Airport Authority overseeing the Duluth International Airport in Minnesota and Sky Harbor, a general aviation airport. During his ten years in Duluth, Mr. Ryks oversaw the completion of $135 million in airport improvements, culminating with a $77 million new terminal project.

Prior to arriving in Duluth, Mr. Ryks was employed for five years as the Airport Manager at the St. Cloud Regional Airport and two years as the Airport Manager in Aberdeen South Dakota.

Before Aberdeen, Mr. Ryks spent six years in Denver where he was the Manager of Noise Abatement at Stapleton and Denver International Airports. He was also the Project Manager for the development and installation of an Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring System at the Denver International Airport.

He began his career as a Noise Technician at the Metropolitan Airports Commission in 1986.

Mr. Ryks holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University, is a licensed pilot with an instrument rating and an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives. He currently serves on the Airports Council International North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors. He also holds a professional affiliation with the Great Lakes Chapter of AAAE (GL-AAAE) and is Past President of GL-AAAE.

He was awarded a TSA Partnership Award in 2006, a Patriot Award in 2008 from the Employee Support of National Guard & Reserve, a 2009 Minnesota Council of Airport’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Promotion of Aviation, a 2012 Minnesota Council of Airports Distinguished Service Award and was named the 2015 Newsmaker of the year in Economic Development by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

 

Clifford C. (Cliff) Van Leuven, Federal Security Director

Cliff Van Leuven joined the Transportation Security Administration as Federal Security Director for Minnesota in October 2012 and is responsible for all TSA staff and functions at TSA’s Minnesota headquarters and the nine (9) federalized airports in Minnesota. Mr. Van Leuven and his staff of 815 have responsibility for aviation security and inspections, surface transportation, light rail, passenger and freight rail, ports and pipelines for TSA throughout the state.

Prior to joining TSA, Mr. Van Leuven enjoyed a 32-year career in commercial aviation; with 20 years at Northwest Airlines in leadership positions at some of the busiest airports in the country: Washington, DC, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit and New York City-  with temporary details in Kansas City, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Winnipeg, and Frankfurt, Germany. He last served as Northwest Airlines Director, Ground Operations at New York's La Guardia Airport.

Mr. Van Leuven served as Vice President, Airport Customer Service at Milwaukee-based Midwest Express Airlines for four years and concluded his airline career serving eight years as Vice President, Airport Customer Service with Denver-based Frontier Airlines.

Mr. Van Leuven is a recipient of the Civilian Desert Shield and Desert Storm medal from the Department of the Air Force for his service to the military while with Northwest Airlines.

Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Mr. Van Leuven now lives in Edina with his wife, Jill, who is from Glenwood, MN.

 

The MSP Airport Conference Center is conveniently located at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's Terminal 1-Lindbergh on the Mezzanine level, above the entrance to Concourse F.

  • Park in Short Term Parking
  • Proceed to Level T (Tram level, one level below baggage) to Information Desk
  • Pick up security pass at Information Desk (need valid government issued photo identification to receive pass)
  • Proceed to Level 2 (Ticketing Level) and enter the South Security Check Point. Turn into the Airport Mall
  • Airport Conference Center is located Mezzanine level, above the entrance to Concourse F.

Use stairs or elevator on the right side to continue to Airport Conference Center

Tickets

$75.00 Direct Community Member Ticket

$75.00 Allied Community Member Ticket

$75.00 Guest Ticket

$0.00 Memberships & Meetings
$75.00 after 12:00 pm March 11