Director of Operations
As Director of Operations for F3 Airport, Rick ensures that our airports meet the F3 standards for management as well as client goals for their airport. He regularly meets with our Airport Directors to collaborate on strategy, monitor measures and goals, and act as a resource to overcome challenges.
Rick has a diverse background in the aviation industry and has a developed a strong passion for aviation throughout his entire life and over 34 years of aviation experience, He began his career in the U.S. Air Force as an F-16 Crew Chief, flew aircraft as a hobby with the Ramstein AB Aeroclub, traveled the world on various missions and supported the Gulf War efforts during his six years of active duty. After leaving the Air Force, Rick received his Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management at Eastern Michigan University.
With a focus on Airport Operations, Rick got his foot in the door of the Airfield Maintenance Department at the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). There he obtained two years of experience in snow removal operations, pavement repair and other related maintenance duties.
Thereafter, Rick was promoted into the Airport Operations Department as an Operations Agent. Quickly working his way up the ranks, he gained invaluable experience in FAR Part 139 compliance, emergency response, security, project management, wildlife management, terminal management, tenant relations, business development, air show coordination, training and customer service, to name a few. He led a team in the development of an online Security ID badge training, testing and renewal website that saved an estimated 95% in processing and labor hours, earning him the WCAA CEO Service Excellence Award. After years of management and leadership roles, Rick rounded out his career at the Airport Authority as the Director of Willow Run Airport (YIP), a 2,600-acre General Aviation (GA) Reliever airport to DTW.
Rick is an American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Certified Member (CM) and Airport Certified Employee (ACE) in Operations, a Michigan Association of Airport Executives (MAAE) member, chaired the WCAA Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Task Force and was an acting Board Member of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce.