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Dennis Probst Named Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Airports Commission

(July 09, 2012)

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, July 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Jeff Hamiel today named Dennis Probst to the new position of executive vice president, citing Probst's proven leadership skills and many years of service to the MAC. Probst currently serves as the MAC's vice president of planning, development and environment.

"Since joining the MAC in 1997, Denny has helped lead efforts to expand Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, attract new air service and improve the amenities and services available to travelers," Hamiel said. "In recent years, Denny oversaw major improvements to Anoka County-Blaine, Flying Cloud and Saint Paul Downtown airports and helped lead efforts to mitigate noise around MSP. Denny was key to development of the Stewards of Tomorrow's Airport Resources program in 2008, formalizing efforts to ensure MAC decisions are environmentally, financially and operationally sustainable. Most recently, Denny led development of a long-term comprehensive plan for MSP, creating a blueprint for expanding airport infrastructure to meet the community's air service needs through the year 2030."

The newly created executive vice president position is designed to coordinate and streamline activities of three MAC divisions – Planning, Development and Environment; Finance and Administration; and Management and Operations – as well as the Commercial Management and Airline Affairs Department. Under Jeff Hamiel's direction, Probst will oversee most of the MAC's day-to-day operations.

"I am honored by the trust that Jeff Hamiel and the Commission have placed in me," said Dennis Probst. "I approach this new role with enthusiasm and will do everything I can to live up to the responsibility that comes with it."

Probst began his career at MAC as building construction manager before being promoted to director of landside development in January 1999, overseeing construction of a new Terminal 2-Humphrey, a major expansion of Terminal 1-Lindbergh, development of four major parking facilities, and significant improvements to airport roadways. He became deputy executive director/vice president – planning and environment nine years later, in January 2008.

Prior to coming to the MAC, Probst was a vice president at DMJM Harris. He had been employed with BRW for 14 years as an architect and project manager, office manager and vice president. He served as mayor of Arden Hills, MN from 1994 to 2002 and was president of the I-35W Corridor Coalition from 1998 to 2002.

Probst holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts Architecture Degree and a Master of Architecture Degree from Iowa State University. He has served as Minneapolis chapter president of the American Institute of Architects and as a board member of the Minnesota Society American Institute of Architects. He resides in Arden Hills.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission is the public corporation of the state of Minnesota that owns and operates Minneapolis-St. Paul International and six general aviation airports in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

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