Ricky Smith, executive director of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, has been elected to the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) board of directors.

Smith joins eight other newly elected airport and aviation leaders from the US and Canada on the ACI-NA board. The association represents more than 300 airports across North America.

“For the last 75 years, ACI-NA has forged a solid reputation for success because of the volunteer leaders who contribute their time, talent and energy to help lead us in times of change or challenge,” said Sam Samaddar, airport director for Kelowna International Airport in British Columbia and chair of the ACI-NA Board. “I am confident Ricky will carry on that tradition in this moment as we continue to focus on resiliency and innovation. I look forward to working alongside Ricky to advance key North American airport priorities in 2023 and beyond. 

Ricky Smith was appointed executive director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA) in July 2015, and is responsible for planning, operation and management of BWI Marshall and Martin State airports, along with regional aviation activities for the State of Maryland. He has more than 30 years’ transportation leadership experience, including leading the Cleveland airport system for nine years.

“Ricky’s focus on service, convenience and reliability has helped Maryland’s BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport become an economic powerhouse and a tremendously popular choice for local, national and international travelers,” said MDOT Secretary James F Ports, Jr. “I’m really proud that he’s bringing Maryland’s innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to an even larger audience on the ACI-NA Board.” 

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