Senior Leaders

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Brian Ryks oversees all Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) business and is directly responsible to the MAC's board of commissioners. Mr. Ryks is joined by a senior leadership team that includes Chief Operating Officer Dennis Probst, Chief Finance Officer Steve Busch, General Counsel Tom Anderson and Internal Auditor Scott Zaczkowski.


Brian Ryks - CEO

 

Brian Ryks

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Brian D. Ryks, A.A.E. was appointed executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission in May 2016. 

Before arriving in Minneapolis, he held a similar position as executive director and 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, transition from a county- controlled airport to an airport authority, major expansion and renovation of Concourse B, and construction of a state-of-the-art storm water/aircraft deicing natural treatment system and a new general and corporate aviation arrivals terminal. He also initiated a $45 million terminal expansion and consolidated TSA passenger screening checkpoints. 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 in its size category by the Airports Council International Airport Service Quality survey.

Prior to his time in Michigan, Ryks was the executive director at the Duluth Airport Authority, overseeing Duluth International Airport in Minnesota and Sky Harbor, a general aviation airport. During his 10 years in Duluth, Mr. Ryks oversaw completion of $135 million in airport improvements, culminating with a $77 million project to develop a new terminal.

Prior to arriving in Duluth, Mr. Ryks was employed for five years as the airport manager at the St. Cloud Regional Airport and for 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 and on the Finance Committee of the ACI World Governing Board. 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.



  

Dennis Probst

Chief Operating Officer

Dennis Probst is the chief operating officer of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC). In that role, he is responsible for airport planning and development activities, information technology functions, and management and operation of Minneapolis-St. Paul International and six general aviation airports in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 
 
Mr. Probst became chief operating officer in 2012, having previously served as the MAC’s deputy executive director – planning and environment since January 2008. In that role, Mr. Probst was responsible for all long term planning activities, environmental impact analyses and preparation of the commission’s long term capital improvement program, supervision of all engineering, architectural and construction activities and oversight of environmental issues. He also served as liaison for the MAC’s airports with local, state and federal agencies. 
 
First hired by the MAC in 1997 as construction manager, Mr. Probst was named director of landside development in 1998, where he was responsible for the implementation of landside projects included in the $3 billion MSP 2010 expansion program.  He also led staff efforts regarding the 2020 Vision plan for MSP. Previously, he held a number of architectural, engineering and project management roles in the private sector.
 
Mr. Probst holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, a bachelor of arts architecture degree and a master of architecture degree from Iowa State University.
     

 

Steve Busch

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer Steve Busch oversees two divisions: Finance and Revenue Development, and Human Resources and Labor Relations. He also serves as treasurer of the Commission.

Prior to his current appointment, he served as Vice President of Finance and Administration, and for 12 years as director of Finance. Mr. Busch has worked for the Commission since 1981. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Johns University and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to his employment with the Commission, he worked for three years at Control Data Corporation and Emmer Distribution Centers, a lumber wholesaler, for one year. In addition, he is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and is involved with the ACI Economics Committee and the ACI CFO Committee issues.
 
     

 

Tom Anderson

General Counsel

The General Counsel’s Office assists in negotiating leases, provides legal advice and representation, prepares and manages legal documents, and works with outside counsel on MAC issues.
 
A native of the Twin Cities, Tom Anderson obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Minnesota and has been employed as general counsel to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) for more than 30 years.  He is active in many business and civic organizations, including the Minnesota State Bar Association, where he has served for many years on the Operations Committee and Investment Subcommittee; Airport Foundation MSP, operator of  Travelers Assistance and several airport arts and beautification programs; PORTICO Interfaith Housing Collaborative (formerly Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation); and as chair of the Downtown Coalition for Grief Support, a coalition of nine downtown areas churches that offers ongoing programs of grief education and support.

Tom and his wife reside in Edina, where they raised three boys.  He enjoys backpacking/hiking, reading, golf and travel.
 
Mr. Anderson is assisted by Deputy General Counsel Pam Rasmussen. 
 
     

 

Scott Zaczkowski

Internal Auditor

The Internal Audit unit verifies the accuracy of financial transactions between airport tenants and the MAC. The department also identifies opportunities for improving MAC administrative processes. This department is directly responsible to the executive director and CEO and to the MAC's Board of Commissioners
 
Scott Zaczkowski joined MAC as its Internal Audit Director in March 2017.  In this role, he reports to the CEO and Commission board quarterly on continuous auditing activities that include monitoring adherence to MAC administrative processes as well as verifying financial transactions with airport tenants.
Mr. Zaczkowski has spent the majority of his career in various governmental auditing roles, including five years auditing Minnesota counties at the Office of the State Auditor and more than 11 years auditing vendors at Hennepin County.
Over the years, he has strived to stay current in his field by obtaining and maintaining the following designations:  Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).
Mr. Zaczkowski graduated from of the University of St. Thomas with a double major in accounting and Spanish.