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'I grew up in this airport': New CEO vows to continue BWI's growth

'I grew up in this airport': New CEO vows to continue BWI's growth

For Ricky Smith, returning to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport marks a homecoming both professionally and personally. Smith worked for the Maryland Aviation Administration for 16 years ultimately becoming its chief operating officer before he left in 2006 to head Cleveland, Ohio's airport system. He also grew up nearby in West Baltimore, a few blocks from the CVS on Pennsylvania Avenue that was destroyed during April's riots, he said. At 53 years old, Smith is the new head of the Maryland Aviation Administration and BWI's chief executive officer. Smith is the first African American to lead the organization, Jonathan Dean, a MAA spokesman said. He took over the post two...

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