The Metropolitan Airports Commission at a Glance

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) operates one of the largest airports systems in the United States, including the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), the 17th busiest airport in the nation in 2015. Based in Minnesota, our airports system is comprised of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), a commercial service airport, and six reliever airports designed to relieve traffic at MSP and provide general aviation for corporations, recreational users, and fixed-base operators. Together, these airports help keep our region’s economy healthy and provide access to destinations around the globe.
As a public corporation founded by the Minnesota State Legislature in 1943, we provide coordinated aviation services throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  State law charges us to:
  • Promote air navigation and transportation, international, national, state, and local, in and through the State of Minnesota.
  • Promote the efficient, safe and economic handling of air commerce and to assure the inclusion of the State in national and international programs of air transportation. To those ends, develop the full potentialities of the metropolitan area as an aviation center.
  • Assure minimum environmental impact from air navigation and transportation for residents of the metropolitan area, promote the overall goals of the State’s environmental policies and minimize the public’s exposure to noise and safety hazards around airports.
Since our founding during World War ll, when airplanes represented the future of transportation, the MAC and MSP specifically have grown exponentially. We now operate seven airports, generate $306 million in operating revenue, and are home to 600 employees.
In 2015, MSP was served by 13 airlines offering direct service to 154 destinations worldwide, and welcomed 36 million passengers.

Our strategic plan sets forth the vision and strategies to manage our continued growth and maturity in the airport operator sector. Driven by the mission and vision, we strive to create a delightful customer experience at all of our locations by managing, supporting, and empowering our employees. 

Our Values

Our Employees 
  • We value our employees for their skills and abilities, ethical behavior, diversity, creativity, innovation, and sound judgment.
  • We provide our employees with rewarding work, opportunities for professional growth, and an appreciative work environment based on trust, respect for each other, and open communication. 
Commitment to the Community and the Environment 
  • We are responsive to the environmental concerns of the community. 
  • We demonstrate leadership in sound environmental management. 
  • We promote open and honest communication about environmental concerns. 
Fiscal Responsibility 
  • We make sound financial decisions that balance the interests of the organization, community, partners, stakeholders, and customers.
  • We make decisions that help drive the region’s economic vitality. 
  • We maintain policies that provide adequate revenues to operate without general tax support or exercising our authority to levy taxes. 

Innovation and Excellence 
  • We seek creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges. 
  • We set high standards in all aspects of our organization and focus on continuous improvement. 

  • We do business in an honest, fair, open, and respectful manner. 
  • We live up to our responsibilities, meet our objectives, and fulfill our commitments.
  • We maintain our credibility through timely communication with customers, employees, and stakeholders.
  • We consistently display the highest moral and ethical standards. 

  • We reach common goals through strong relationships based on trust. 
  • We commit ourselves to open and respectful communication. 


Throughout our 73 years of operations as a public corporation of the state of Minnesota, we have followed the principles and initiatives applicable to our operations as established by the state legislature. The MAC has been a stable organization with a mature governance structure. Over the course of this plan’s reporting period, we have not undergone significant changes to our size, structure, or other key factors impacting our operations. We are governed through several reporting levels that engage in guidance, decision-making, and implementation to fulfill our obligations under Minnesota state law and deliver on our mission and vision.

Our Board of Commissioners

Our 15-member board of commissioners establishes our policies and ordinances and the staff implements these policies. The governor of Minnesota appoints the board’s chairperson and 12 commissioners, eight of whom represent districts within the metropolitan area and four of whom represent Greater Minnesota. The remaining two commissioners are the mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, or their designees.
The board is led by the board chair. The vice chair supports the board chair, and is elected by the commissioners. The board functions through a strong committee structure comprised of three committees, with each committee making recommendations to the full board. Our commissioners' four-year terms are staggered and commissioners do not serve as executive officers for the MAC. Board meetings are convened monthly at MSP and are open to the public in person and online at
The board receives annual updates on the goals, progress, trends, and future plans of the sustainability management plan and strategic plan, including the mission, vision and strategies, from the MAC's chief executive officer (CEO), or his designees. The CEO may request the chief operating officer, as the executive champion of sustainability, or the Sustainability and Strategy Department to provide the information directly to the board.

Our Board Committees

There are three standing committees responsible for different aspects of our business: Finance and Administration; Management and Operations; and Planning, Development and Environment.  
Each committee is chaired by a commissioner; the vice president for that division is the staff liaison to the committee. Each committee includes up to seven commissioners and the chairperson of the other two standing committees. A fourth committee, the Executive Committee, meets as necessary.
Our committees address each aspect of our operations through comprehensive and appropriate study by employees and consultants, public input, and discussion. The committees then make policy recommendations to the full board of commissioners for review and approval prior to implementation by employees.

Our Employees

Every day our employees work to deliver on our vision of providing your best airport experience. We believe in the potential of each of our employees to make a positive impact, and their achievements are demonstrated by the growing number of awards they have won individually and that they have helped the MAC and its airports garner in areas such as airport concessions, finances, development, efficiency, and employee wellbeing.
In line with our core value of integrity, we believe in managing our business in an honest, fair, open, and respectful manner. Our Code of Ethics provides employees with a helpful set of guidelines for ethical behavior, and additional resources in the Human Resources Policy and Procedures Guide elaborate on workplace expectations. These fundamentals provide a strong foundation for our core values focused on teamwork, innovation, fiscal responsibility, and our commitment to the community and the environment.
The chief executive officer (CEO) and chief operating officer (COO) lead our organization of nearly 600 employees. The CEO is responsible for the implementation of policies established by the board, and for setting strategic directions, establishing goals for staff, and overseeing the executive division. The COO oversees the day-to-day operations of our organization.
The CEO, COO, and division leaders provide recommendations to, and receive guidance from, the board of commissioners through monthly public meetings with the standing committees that mirror the organizational divisions. These meetings help develop and enhance our commissioners’ knowledge of the trends, issues, and topics most relevant to our operations so they are well-equipped to make sound policy decisions.

Brian Ryks
Chief Executive Officer

Dennis Probst
Chief Operating Officer

Steve Busch 
Vice President, Finance and Administration 
Staff Liaison to the Finance and Administration Committee

Roy Fuhrmann
Vice President, Management and Operations
Staff Liaison to the Management and Operations Committee

Eduardo Valencia
Vice President, Information Technology

Gary Warren
Vice President, Planning, Development, and Environment 

Staff Liaison to the Planning, Development, and Environment Committee 

Our Governing Partners

Federal, state, and county regulatory agencies may regulate and/or otherwise influence our operations. The Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and Customs and Border Protection are some of our most involved government partners. We partner with a broader range of stakeholders for the success of our airports system, with many organized by category in the Stakeholder section of this report.

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