Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a safe, environmentally responsible and fiscally self-sustainable operation ensuring high quality services and facilities.  

Vision Statement

Our vision is to provide world class transportation service enhancing economic growth.

Airport Exterior

Maintenance and Facilities

  • Maintains first-class aviation facilities that are safe, clean and efficient for passengers and tenants

  • Trains, equips and fields well qualified maintenance technicians who are professional, friendly, and highly motivated

  • Manages vehicle, equipment and supply inventories; acquires equipment, fixtures, furniture and related supplies.

Finance and Administration

  • Ensures financial integrity of the airport Administers all federal, state, and local grant programs

  • Interacts with multiple local and civic organizations promoting air service development and marketing initiatives

Operations and Security

  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local regulations, laws and ordinances.

  • Manages all airport safety, security, environmental compliance, wildlife hazard mitigation programs and conducts all related training.

  • Responds to emergency situations and implements contingency plans

Rescue and Fire Fighting

  • Maintains constant aircraft rescue and firefighting readiness

  • Responds to all airport emergencies, accidents and incidents

  • Conducts airfield safety, and security inspections

Airport Business

Rapid City Regional Airport welcomes thousands of visitors and business travelers every year. It’s a great location to make a first impression. Parties interested in developing or starting a new business at Rapid City Regional Airport should send a letter of interest to the Deputy Director of Finance and Administration at toni.broom@rcgov.org.

Airport Restaurant

General Aviation



Annual Budget

Rates and Charges

Current Board of Directors

The Rapid City Regional Airport Board is comprised of mayoral appointees, which are confirmed by the Rapid City Common Council. Board members serve five-year terms, with a maximum of 2 consecutive terms. This is a voluntary appointment.

The Airport Board is a semi-autonomous board, which operates the Airport on behalf of the City of Rapid City. They are responsible for the general oversight of the airport. They have the ability to sign contracts on behalf of the City of Rapid City and authorize the expenditure of funds needed to operate the airport. The Airport Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 9:00 am in the Airport Administrative Offices, except for December and January of each year when those dates are changed for year end processes

Dr. Robert Hall

Robert Hall


Vice President


May 2022- May 2027

1st term


Dr. Robert Hall is the head of Mining Engineering and Management at South Dakota

School of Mines and Technology.

Before joining Mines, Dr. Hall was a professor in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering School of Mining and Petroleum at the University of Alberta. He spent 15 years at the University of British Columbia; where in

addition to his research and teaching, he spent four years as an Associate Dean

for the Faculty of Engineering.


His areas of research include mining equipment design and automation, equipment maintenance and reliability, comminution and energy reduction.

Contact Dr. Robert Hall

Michelle Thomson

Vice President



May 2020 - May 2025

2nd term


Michelle Thomson has been in the tourism industry in the Black Hills for over 20 years.

She started in the travel industry marketing hotels and spent 15 years promoting Rapid City and the Black Hills as a domestic and international leisure destination for the Rapid City Convention & Visitor Bureau.

In May of 2014, Michelle was named the president and CEO for the regional destination marketing organization, Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association.

Michelle has a great deal of knowledge about the tourism industry, holds a master-of-arts in tourism and has also earned designations as a Certified Travel Industry Specialist, Certified Tour Professional and Certified Student Travel Professional.

Michelle spent a number of years on the board of directors for Black Hills and Badlands

and has served on advisory boards for the Museum of Geology and the Sculpture

Project, as well as the chair of the education committee for the American Bus Association Marketplace. She also served as the chair of the Museum Alliance of Rapid City board of directors and as Cultural Tourism and Local Audience Development task force co-chair for Rapid City’s cultural plan.

Contact Michelle

Bob Conway



Term of appointment:

May 2023- May 2028

1st term


Bob Conway was raised in Rapid City and graduated from Rapid City Central High School and WDT. 

After 5 years working out of state, he and his wife Ruthie moved back to Rapid City where they raised their three children Molly, Zach, and Alyssa. Bob is a partner and Vice President at RCS Construction, Inc.

He has also served as a past president and board member of the Construction Industry Center in Rapid City. 

Contact Bob

Caleb Arceneaux

Caleb Arceneaux



March 2024 - April 2029

1st term


Caleb Arceneaux joined Liv Hospitality in May 2008, and

subsequently held various roles within the company including General Manager,

Director of Food and Beverage, Casino Operations, and was ultimately named Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Mr. Arceneaux’s strengths lie in his 20 years of hospitality and leadership experience in hotel, casino, and food and beverage operations. His hotel management experience originates in the Pacific

Northwest, where he worked within several full-service resorts, gaming

operations, and limited-service hotels, uniquely qualifying him to lead the Liv

Hospitality portfolio of properties. Mr. Arceneaux has extensive experience in

direct marketing efforts, digital marketing and operational platforms &

efficiencies, internal controls, and maximizing ROI with various CRM management


Mr. Arceneaux’s food, beverage, hotel and casino experience

originates in conference services, and has developed into a robust background

that consists of new construction design and development, project management,

franchised food and beverage operations, and operational efficiencies. In

addition to leading the LIV Hospitality team, Mr. Arceneaux serves on the South

Dakota State Tourism Advisory Board, the South Dakota State Workforce Advisory

Council, Board of Directors for SoDak Title, and The Governors Council of

Economic Advisors. He has been active in successfully lobbying for visitor and

travel industry legislative initiatives during his tenure as CEO of Liv

Hospitality, and is a shareholder in Atlantis, LLC. Mr. Arceneaux and his wife,

Amy, enjoy spending time in the beautiful Black Hills with their 3 children and

a grandchild on the way!

John Pierce

John Pierce



May 2024 - April 2029

1st term


John Pierce is the President of

Monument Health Rapid City Hospital / Rapid City Market. He has been with the

organization in various positions since 1999.


John has an M.S. in Health Services Administration from Southwest Baptist

University, Bolivar, Missouri, 1995; a B.S. in Business Administration from

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1993.


John is a Fellow of the American College

of Healthcare Executives

Airport Guiding Documents

The purpose of General Aviation Minimum Standards (Minimum Standards) is to encourage, promote, and ensure:  (a) the consistent provision of high quality General Aviation products, services, and facilities at the Rapid City Regional Airport (Airport); (b) the development of high quality General Aviation Improvements at the Airport; (c) General Aviation safety and security at the Airport; (d) the economic health of General Aviation Commercial Operators at the Airport; and (e) the orderly development of land and Improvements at the Airport for General Aviation purposes.

The General Provisions set forth those provisions which are common to all General Aviation Primary Guiding Documents (Primary Guiding Documents). In addition, the key words or phrases utilized throughout the Rapid City Regional Airport’s (Airport) Primary Guiding Documents are defined in these General Provisions.

The Rules and Regulations are designed to protect the public health, safety, interest, and general welfare of the Operators, Lessees, Tenants, consumers, and users of the Rapid City Regional Airport (Airport) and to restrict or prevent any activity or action which would interfere with the safe orderly, and efficient use of the Airport by its Operators, Lessees Tenants, consumers, and users.


What is an ACDBE?

An airport concession is a for-profit business located in an airport and engaged in the sale of goods and/or services to the public under agreement with the recipient, another concessionaire, or the owner of lessee of a terminal.

Similar to the DBE Program, the Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)program is a U.S. Department of Transportation initiative that aims to ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for ACDBEs in airport concessions contracts.

When airports contract out retailers or services, they first seek out certified ACDBEs to meet their internal goals.

If your company provides an applicable service or sells a product to a retailer, your firm may have a competitive opportunity to compete on these airport contracts.

As a primary non-hub airport receiving federal funds, we are required to have an Airport Disadvantaged Enterprise Program (DBE), (49 CFR Part 26), and an Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (ACDBE), (49 CFR Part 23), in accordance with regulations of the US Department of Transportation. It is the policy of the Rapid City Regional Airport to ensure that DBEs and ACDBEs, as defined in Parts 26 & 23, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts.

Meet The Team

Patrick Dame C.M.

Executive Director

Toni Broom C.M.

Deputy Director Finance and Administration

Tod Love C.M, A.C.E

Airport Operations Manager

Megan Johnson

Marketing, Communications and Air Service Manager

Wade Kreun

Facilities and Maintenance Manager

Kris Commerford

Administrative Assistant