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 a Chief Operating Officer Roy Fuhrmann, Chief Informaton Officer Eduardo Valencia, General Counsel Cameron Boyd and Internal Auditor Scott Zaczkowski.

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Brian Ryks

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Brian D. Ryks, A.A.E. was named Executive Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission in May 2016. He is responsible for the administration and management of one of the nation’s largest airport systems, including Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and six reliever airports.

From 2016 through 2020, Ryks oversaw $1.4 billion in MAC airport improvement projects, including:

  • A multi-year expansion and modernization of facilities at the front of Terminal 1, including the departures and arrivals lobbies and improved passenger flow throughout multiple levels
  • Enlargement of Terminal 1 Concourse G to house added gate seating, expanded concessions space and a new Delta Sky Club
  • Addition of the new Silver Parking Ramp, providing 5,000 more vehicle stalls at Terminal 1 as well as new ground transportation and auto rental facilities
  • Significant enhancements to the Valet Parking Garage and Lost-and-Found facilities
  • Reconstruction of the Terminal 1 roadway
  • Expansion of the Arts@MSP program, one of the nation’s premier airport arts and culture initiatives
  • Upgrades to airport safety and technology infrastructure
  • Major infrastructure improvements at the Crystal and Lake Elmo reliever airports, enhancing safety and efficiency

Coupled with a revamped, award-wining concessions program and an intense focus on the customer experience, the improvements helped lead to Airports Council International naming MSP the Best Airport in North America in its size category for four consecutive years based on traveler surveys.

MSP set passenger records every year of Ryks’ tenure at the MAC until the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, driving down air travel demand across the globe.

Before arriving in Minneapolis, Ryks was executive director and CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While there, Mr. Ryks oversaw major airport improvements, a re-branding campaign and transition from county control to an airport authority. Ryks also led an innovative funding campaign to raise $20 million in private capital in support of a $45 million 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 Airports Council International.

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

Before 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. He also spent six years in Denver, where he was the manager of noise abatement at Stapleton and Denver International Airports.

He began his career as a noise technician at the Metropolitan Airports Commission in 1986.

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 (AAAE). A past member of the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors, Ryks is Chairman of the ACI-NA Large Hub Airports Committee and a member of the organization’s US Policy Council. In addition, Ryks serves on the board of the American Association of Airport Executives and is a member of its Policy Review Committee. He also holds a professional affiliation with the Great Lakes Chapter of AAAE (GL-AAAE) and is past president of GL-AAAE.

On the community front, Ryks is a board member of Meet Minneapolis as well as of the Minneapolis Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Ryks was awarded a TSA Partnership Award in 2006, a Patriot Award from the National Guard and Reserve in 2008, 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.

Brian Ryks' biographical information is available in PDF form.

Roy Fuhrmann

Roy Fuhrmann

Chief Operating Officer

Roy Fuhrmann is Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, responsible for airport planning and development activities and management and operation of Minneapolis-St. Paul International and six general aviation airports in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He also serves as the MAC’s liaison with airlines, airport tenants, the Federal Aviation Administration, Customs and Border Protection and other local and state agencies related to airport operations, flight navigation, regulations and guidelines. 

Prior to being named COO, Roy served as Vice President of Management & Operations for five years and before that Director of Environment for 11 years.  Fuhrmann first became involved with the MAC as a noise intern technician in 1991. He became a permanent MAC employee in 1994, as an aviation noise/geographic systems specialist. In 1996, he moved to the Reliever Airports Department as assistant manager of tenant relationships and was also responsible for Crystal Airport’s day-to-day operation. Fuhrmann later rejoined the Environment Department as manager of aviation noise and satellite programs before becoming director of that department in August 2001.

In addition to his lengthy service to the MAC, Fuhrmann served more than 20 years as an Army National Guard aviation officer, with deployments to Guatemala, Bosnia and Iraq. Over the course of his service, he commanded three aviation units before retiring from military service in 2009.

Fuhrmann holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of North Dakota. He serves on the American Association of Airport Executives’ (AAAE) Unmanned Aerial Systems Committee and as Airports Council International-North America’s (ACI-NA) Operations and Technical Affairs Committee NextGen Working Group Co-Chair. Fuhrmann is a member of the national NextGen Advisory Committee Sub-Committee (NASCSC), past chair of ACI-NA’s Environmental Affairs Committee and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

He is a commercial, instrument pilot flying helicopters and airplanes and resides in Webster, MN with his wife Kim.

Atif Saeed

Atif Saeed, A.A.E., IAP

Chief Financial Officer

Atif Saeed was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2019.  In this role he oversees and manages two divisions: Finance & Revenue Development and the Human Resources & Labor Relations. He has served as Vice President - Finance and Revenue since September 2017.

Atif joined the MAC in June 2015 as Assistant Director – MSP Operations/Landside, overseeing MSP Airport’s extensive parking and ground transportation operations. Prior to the MAC, he held management positions with the City of Atlanta at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and the City of Minneapolis.

Atif earned his MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He also completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Atif holds several certifications, including Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) from American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), International Airport Professional (IAP) from Airport Council International (ACI) and Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) from International Parking and Mobility Institute (IPMI).

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Eduardo Valencia

Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Eduardo Valencia has more than15 years of public sector IT leadership experience, as well as experience in operations, strategic planning, business development and consulting. As CIO, Valencia oversees technology visioning, delivery, and support for the MAC and its seven airports.

Valencia previously held positions with the state of Minnesota’s Office of Enterprise Technology, where he started in 2008 as the state’s chief technology officer. In 2011, he was appointed Minnesota’s deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Information Technology organization, MN.IT.

Prior to his roles at MN.IT and as deputy commissioner, Valencia served as chief information officer for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, where he led the implementation of marquee projects such as the unemployment insurance integrated technology initiative, the Minnesota Works premier job bank rebuild, and the development of cross-agency, cross-public sector customer relationship management solutions for economic and labor development purposes.

Originally from Asturias in northern Spain, Valencia now resides in Grey Cloud Island. He is married with two children and holds a B.A. in economics and Spanish from the University of North Dakota and a masters in Management of Technology (MOT) from the University of Minnesota.

Cameron Boyd

Cameron Boyd

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.

Raised in Minneapolis, Mr. Boyd attended Minneapolis Southwest High School and received a bachelor's degree in behavioral science and law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999 before earning his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2002. Mr. Boyd began working for the MAC as a legal intern in June 2000. He went on to serve as a law clerk and attorney at Lindquist & Vennum, P.L.L.P. before returning to the MAC as an attorney in July 2004. He has risen in the ranks since then, with promotions in 2011 and 2014.

While at the MAC, Mr. Boyd has overseen a wide range of legal matters, including those related to airport food, retail and passenger service concessions, labor issues, litigation, real estate leasing and airline agreements, and numerous other contracts. Notable projects include legal work related to a new hotel under construction and a major solar power installation, both at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. 

He was raised and currently lives in southwest Minneapolis.

Mr. Boyd is assisted by Deputy General Counsel Pam Rasmussen.

Scott Zaczkowski

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 Commissioner

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.