Major: Aviation Management
Year of Graduation: 2005
Current Position: Assistant Airport Manager, City of La Crosse WI
Hometown: North Branch, MN
Please describe the path you took from graduation to get to the job you have today:
After graduating from UND in 2005 I accepted a position as the Airport Manager in Devils Lake, ND after working as
an intern. I worked in Devils Lake for approximately a year and a half and participated in some major projects
including the construction of a $2.4 million dollar terminal building. I then applied for the position of Assistant
Airport Manager in La Crosse, WI. I was offered the position in 2006 and have enjoyed the job since.
What is the best part of your current job?
The best part of the job is the variety. Every day brings new challenges and opportunities to learn more. My favorite
aspect of the job has to be the construction projects. It is rewarding to start with a simple idea and watch that
idea grow into a new runway or multi-million dollar building. I also enjoy working with all the different people,
from pilots to airline staff to air show performers.
How has your education from the University of North Dakota helped you in your career?
My education from UND has been instrumental in my career progression. UND's name is well respected in the airport
management field and I do not believe I would be where I am today without my experiences at UND.
What advice would you have for student in the aviation program today?
My advice to students would be to work hard, get to know as many people as you can, and expand your educational
experiences. There are a lot of interesting opportunities beyond the cockpit.