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.