Ricky D. Smith joined the Jackson Administration in June 2006. He came to Cleveland from the Maryland Aviation Administration's (MAA) Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Martin State Airport (MTN) to oversee the management and operation of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Burke Lakefront Airport.
Smith served more than 14 years at MAA beginning as a Director in the Budget Division in 1990 and ending as Senior Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer. Throughout his tenure there, he had management responsibility for business administration, airport operations, planning and engineering, marketing and air service development. In his most recent capacity, he worked with the Executive Director to oversee all strategic and operational matters for the MAA and to provide direction and policy guidance to five Deputy Executive Directors and 15 other senior managers for priorities and day-to-day matters. He was ultimately responsible for more than 500 employees, including 20 senior managers.
In 2002, Smith, served for 2 years as Deputy Administrator for Finance, Information Technology and Administration for the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) in Baltimore. He oversaw all administrative matters for SHA, including human resources, finance, information technology, legal, procurement, equal opportunity programs, legislative affairs, communications, and policy and research.
Smith has experience in both the public and private sectors dating back to 1986. He is an active member of numerous professional associations and serves as a board member and Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee for the Airport Minority Advisory Council and is a member of the Standing Committee on Aviation for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Organizations, to name a few.
Smith obtained his bachelor's degree in business administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and his master's degree in business administration from the Loyola College in Maryland's Executive MBA Program. He has completed several leadership development programs, including the Covery Institute for Principle Centered Leadership in Provo, Utah, the Anne Arundel County Trade Council in Md., and the Greater Baltimore Committee in Baltimore.
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