Major: Airport Management
Year of Graduation: 1999
Current Position: Manager of the Jamestown Regional Airport
Hometown: Bismarck, ND
Please describe the path you took from graduation to get to the job you have today:
Following graduation I went to work as an intern at the Cheyenne Regional Airport for the summer. While there,
I landed a job in the operations division at the Roanoke Regional Airport and worked as an operations officer.
I decided after a couple of years at Roanoke to further my education. I was accepted into a program in California
and earned my masters degree from California State University, Long Beach. Shortly after my completion of my
masters, a past colleague from both the University of North Dakota and from Roanoke Regional Airport told me
that he was vacating the position in Jamestown and asked me to apply. I applied, interviewed and was offered the
job in December of 2004. I began working in February 2005.
What is the best part of your current job?
I really enjoy the daily challenges of my job and the diversity of my day. There is never a dull moment being the
airport manager. In day, I may be writing an emergency plan, hiring a new employee, and plowing snow (all before lunch).
How has your education from the University of North Dakota helped you in your career?
It provided me with a solid knowledge base of the industry and the regulations, which governed the industry.
But most importantly, it provided the opportunity for networking with my peers and my teachers which has helped
me more than anything in my career. I can honestly say that it was my affiliation with UND which helped me to land
my first two jobs.
What advice would you have for student in the aviation program today?
Stay focused by remembering and working toward your long-term goals. Make sure to have fun with what you are
learning. And the two things which helped me the most were: my internships and belonging to an organization,
such as AAAE, which shared my long-term goals. So do at least one internship/coop while still in school and become
active in an organization that is in line with your career goals.