Director of St. Louis Lambert International Airport Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge discusses leadership, tornados on the farm, Snakes on a Plane, and more.
Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge has been the Director of St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) since January 2010 as appointed by St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay.
The Airport is the primary air carrier facility for the St. Louis region handling more than 13 million passengers annually. Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge manages 500 employees with revenues averaging 165 million dollars annually. She is also Chairwoman of the 17-member St. Louis Airport Commission.
Prior to STL, Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge logged over 25 years in aviation management positions with American Airlines, Trans World Airlines (TWA) and Ozark Air Lines; a majority of her career has been based in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge retired in 2009 as the Managing Director of American Airlines’ St. Louis operation, a position she held beginning in 2002. Before the American and TWA merger, she held the position of Vice President of TWA’s North American Operations, responsible for an $800 million budget encompassing 100 airports and 8,000 TWA employees.
Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge’s airline management resume began in 1984 as a customer service agent for Ozark Airlines in New York City. Ozark’s merger with TWA brought her to the St. Louis hub where she took on roles of Supervisor Administration, Ramp Supervisor, Manager Passenger Services and ultimately into executive level operational management positions.
Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge currently serves on the National Freight Advisory Committee, an advisory board serving the U.S. Department of Transportation. She serves on the oversight committee of the Airport Cooperative Research Program. She is Chairman of the Advisory Board of John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. She also serves as a board member for the Regional Commerce and Growth Association (RCGA), the International Women’s Forum, Christian Hospital (BJC), Ranken Technical College Board and the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation.
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What are your greatest professional achievements? [1:09]
Tell us about growing up on a farm and your childhood experiences with tornados. [8:20]
Tell us about your fear of snakes. [12:01]
How is it that growing up on a farm teaches a person to work hard? [13:52]
What was your most favorite animal on the farm? [18:40]
Did you have any experiences as a child that helped you to be transparent with people? [22:13]
What does having a pet teach children? Can it teach lessons about money or business? [23:58]
Any last words of advice for today's parents? [27:13]
Do you have a favorite charitable cause or organization? [30:17]