Meet our team.
Bi-State Development Agency
The Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA)/Metro is an interstate compact formed by Missouri and Illinois in 1949. BSDA owns and operates the St. Louis Metropolitan region’s public transportation system which includes MetroLink, the region’s light rail system; MetroBus, the region’s bus system; as well as Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit service. In addition, BSDA also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport (formerly Parks) and the adjoining industrial business park, the Gateway Arch Riverboats paddlewheel-style river excursion boats,as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collection Center, and the Gateway Arch transportation system. Metro is continuously dedicated to fostering economic development in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
John Nations, President & CEO
John Nations has been President and CEO of Bi-State Development (BSD) since October 2010. During his leadership at Bi-State Development, the Metro public transportation system has become a national leader in efficiency and reliability and its management principles are being studied and copied; the St. Louis Downtown Airport is now the third busiest airport in Illinois and the second busiest in the bi-state region; the Gateway Arch is undergoing its greatest transformation since its original construction in one of the region’s best partnerships; and the St. Louis Regional Freightway has become one of BSD’s newest business divisions charged with the mission of putting the St. Louis region at the forefront of the freight and logistics revolution and transforming the national economy. He also established the Bi-State Research Institute to develop focused data platforms to aid regional planning and investment decisions.
Nations has a long career in economic development and job creation. In the 1990’s, he was an early advocate for the recovery of Chesterfield Valley following the flood of 1993, and became chairman of Chesterfield’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District and president of its Economic Development Authority. The Chesterfield TIF District is now widely regarded as one of the most successful uses of TIF in the nation. During his three terms as Mayor of Chesterfield, the City of Chesterfield achieved Moody’s coveted AAA bond rating, expanded its parks system, built an extensive budget surplus while lowering property taxes, achieved tremendous economic growth and job creation, and was recognized as one of the best cities in the country. A lawyer by education, he practiced law in St. Louis for 22 years prior to joining Bi-State Development and had a sophisticated practice of business law, land use, zoning, economic incentives, and related fields. In 2010, at the request of BSD, he led a St. Louis County campaign to fund public transportation to a landslide victory with more than 63% of the vote, a campaign which has been described as one of the best civic collaborations in fifty years. He has been – and continues to be – associated with many civic organizations.
Nations received his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and his Law Degree from Saint Louis University.
Director of Operations, St. Louis Downtown Airport
Since he was very young, Erick Dahl always looked to the sky for inspiration. From attending the annual Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to attending college at the University of North Dakota, majoring in Airport Management, Mr. Dahl brings his interest in aviation, airports and technology to the St. Louis Downtown Airport. Working together with the rest of the airport team, the St. Louis Downtown Airport will accomplish great things.
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Amy Roberts moved to St. Louis from Maryland to attend Saint Louis University’s Parks College, where she earned her private pilot’s license and a degree in Aviation Management. During her senior year, she completed an internship in St. Louis Downtown Airport’s Administration Office. Amy spent a few years working in the legal field before returning to KCPS as the Office Manager. Her primary responsibilities include managing accounts receivable and accounts payable. She spends her spare time working on her Masters of Business Administration and traveling.
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Colin Rolerkite is a graduate from Western Illinois University, and began working at the airport as an intern in the spring of 2013. Colin carried out his internship with the ARFF department, completing the internship in August of 2013. He then graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Meteorology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree Emergency Management. He began working for the St. Louis Downtown Airport immediately after the completion of his internship. His primary duties include maintaining the Auto and Aircraft insurance records, administering movement and non-movement area access tests, and issuing gate cards for airport access.
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Chief-Aircraft Rescue FF Serv
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Airport Maintenance Manager
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(Left to right) Terry Bowman, Chief Mike Mavrogeorge, Captain James Hinchey, Firefighter Bob Toenjes, and Firefighter Chad Trost
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