Rick Tucker is responsible for the overall management of activities under the jurisdiction of the Port of Huntsville, including Huntsville International Airport, the International Intermodal Center, and the Jetplex Industrial Park, which are owned and operated by the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Freed-Hardeman University and has worked for the Airport Authority since 1978 holding various positions within the organization.
Since Mr. Tucker was named Executive Director in 1994, the Port of Huntsville has enhanced its services and facilities in many ways. At Huntsville International Airport, he has overseen the extension of the west runway to 12,600 feet; construction of a new 219-foot air traffic control tower; construction of a nearly 3,000 space parking deck; completion of $93 million, 5-year terminal area capital improvement project; the addition of new non-stop passenger service to seven top travel destinations and the growth of passenger traffic by 18%. Under the direction of Mr. Tucker, growth at the International Intermodal Center includes completion of a $17 million expansion; construction of a 100,000 square-foot facility for Panalpina and the addition of a 92,493-square foot air cargo facility which includes 5,250 square feet of cold storage; the expansion of international air cargo flights to Europe, Mexico, Hong Kong and Brazil; designation in 2012 as being ranked 14th out of 182 airports in the US for international air cargo freight, the growth of rail cargo activity by 76% and the growth of air cargo activity by 312%.
The Port of Huntsville is ranked the 14th largest airport in the U.S. for international air cargo. He has guided the development and growth of the Jetplex Industrial Park to successfully recruit Remington; the growth of industrial park square footage by approximately 2 million square feet; and the addition of more than 30 new tenants.
Session: Commercial Space – The Next Frontier for Airports