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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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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
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Sponsored by:  TBD

Topic:  MAC/MSP and TSA Updates

Brian Ryks, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Dave McMahon, Deputy Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration

Brian Ryks, Executive Director/CEO for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, and Dave McMahon,
Deputy 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 Dave 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

About Brian Ryks and Dave McMahon

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.

Dave McMahon, Deputy Federal Security Director

David McMahon (Dave) is the Deputy Federal Security Director at Minneapolis for the state of Minnesota. In this role, Mr. McMahon provides oversight of all airports in the state of Minnesota. Prior to this assignment, Mr. McMahon served as Assistant Federal Security Director-Screening at Quad Cities International Airport- MLI. He was selected for this position in December 2012. In this role, Mr. McMahon provided direct oversight of the screening operations of the Downstate Illinois area which includes nine airports.

Mr. McMahon joined TSA in October 2002 and served as the Training Coordinator,Dane County Regional Airport, Madison, WI until December 2005. Responsibilities included federalization of screening operations for 6 airports, Crisis Management Coordinator and served on several SOP review committees. He served a detail at HQ-Training to develop the National Recurrent Training Program. Other assignments include Assistant Federal Security Director- Generalist at La Crosse Municipal Airport-LSE, La Crosse WI and General Wayne A. Downing International Airport- PIA, Peoria IL.

Prior to TSA, Mr. McMahon served as a Deputy Sheriff for 4+ years at the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Madison, WI. He served 12 years in the U.S. Army in law enforcement which included a combat tour in Saudi Arabia-Iraq from August 1990 – April 1991 with the 101st Airborne Division.

Mr. McMahon taught Criminal Justice for Central Texas College while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. 

A native of Charleston, SC, Mr. McMahon is a father of two; Bryan (30) and Hunter (24). Mr. McMahon 
has been married to his wife (Jeanette) for over 30 years. He enjoys coaching and officiating soccer at all levels.

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


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$75.00 Allied Community Member Ticket

$75.00 Guest Ticket

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