AATC’s Leadership Team is one of the most experienced in the industry, with each member representing a key element of our business – operations, compliance, systems, sustainability, client service and human resources. While focused on individual areas of responsibility, we strive to perform as a creative, cohesive unit and take pride in being the collective representation of AATC’s core values.
Dr. Kofi Smith, President & CEO
Dr. Kofi Smith serves as the President & CEO of the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation (AATC). Since Kofi’s arrival, AATC has grown its employee base by 89%, creating more positions and employment opportunities for Atlanta residents. In 2015, AATC was recognized as one of the Top 20 “Best Places to Work” for medium size companies in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Kofi began his professional career at Milliken & Company, where he was the recipient of the “2002 Manager of the Year Award” for the Floor Covering Division. That same year, his department won the “2002 Team of the Year Award.” Prior to joining AATC, Kofi worked for Linc Facility Services from 2007 to 2010. The teams led by Kofi received the following awards: “2007 Best Mechanical Plant Award,” “2007 Hall Fame Award for Customer Service,” and “2008 Most Improved Mechanical Plant Award.”
In 2012, Kofi was named to the Atlanta Business League’s “2012 Men of Influence”. In 2014, Kofi was named to the 40-Under-40 list for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In 2015, Kofi was named one of the recipients for the Georgia Trend’s 40-under-40 and was also a graduate of the 2015 Class of Leadership Atlanta. Kofi is also a proud graduate of the 2016 Regional Leadership Institute.
Kofi has sat on a research panel in Washington, DC evaluating the airline and airport industries under the Airport Cooperative Research Program of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and National Academies. He serves on the national board for the National Black Child Development Institute as the Board’s Second Vice-Chair and also sits on the Children’s Sports Network Corporate Board for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation.
Kofi received his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999 and went on to receive an Executive MBA in Global Business at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business in 2009. In 2015, Kofi entered the J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University. He graduated in 2018 with an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration.
Stephen Maceyko, Vice President, Business Administration
Stephen Maceyko is the Vice President – Business Administration of the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation (AATC). His primary focus is to provide the leadership and direction regarding the business support activities and corporate requirements of the AATC organization at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA).
A native of Peekskill, New York, Stephen moved to Atlanta in 1974 and earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990. He also received a Certificate in Engineering Psychology during his time at Georgia Tech.
Stephen began his professional career with York International in San Francisco in 1990 with Sales/Business Development responsibility for the large scale HVAC product line. He participated and graduated from the York Training Program in York, Pennsylvania prior to locating to San Francisco. Stephen returned to Atlanta in 1991 after accepting an Industrial Engineering position at Delta Air Lines within the Productivity group at Delta Air Lines Technical Operations. Initially, Stephen focused on projects that included plant layout, Case Shop design/implementation and other projects to increase organization productivity and efficiency. Over the next 20 years Stephen increased his responsibilities and achieved promotions within areas including Finance, Materials Management, Supply Chain, Delta Connection (DCI) and TechSales, where he achieved the General Manager position with Sales and Account Management/Customer Service responsibilities. He retired from Delta after a 20-year career.
In 2011, Stephen joined AAR and spent 2 years serving as Director of Sales working closely with airline and maintenance partners to grow the business and develop new opportunities. With an opportunity to expand his business skills and experience, Stephen joined Marana Aerospace Solutions in 2014 as the Senior Vice President of Sales.
Joining AATC in 2015, Stephen was able to bring his skills and experiences to AATC making key changes in areas including Payroll, Benefit Management and Retirement Services. Stephen has become active in business organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and other facility related programs and enjoys supporting personal opportunities including Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of America.
Gary Merrow, Vice President, Facilities
Gary Merrow is the Vice President – Facilities for the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation (AATC). His primary focus is to provide the leadership and direction regarding facility operations to AATC at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA).
A retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, Gary was born on Beale AFB, California, but with family ties to Georgia and finishing his career with the Georgia Air National Guard, considers Georgia home. While in the military, Gary completed his Bachelors in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University and a MBA in Human Resources Training and Development from Kennesaw State University.
Gary’s military and civilian careers have seen allowed him to hold various facility positions with increasing leadership responsibilities. These included roles as the Assistant Account Manager at H-JAIA in 1996; the Assistant Director at Georgia State University, and time with facility consulting firms providing condition assessments, capital planning, and developing new operational processes. While with Turner Construction, Gary helped establish Turner Facilities Management Solutions and created an industry innovative software documents turn-over tool called eDocs. Other significant leadership roles include the Senior Vice President for Facilities at Paramount Pictures, Director of Facilities Sustainment with Home Depot’s Supply Chain, and Director of Operations supporting aircraft manufacturing, mobile FM groups, several campuses, and team’s supporting H-JAIA and Delta’s corporate campus and Technical Operations Center.
As an innovator and thought leader in the industry, Gary shares his passion for facility operations and developing people through his 10-year Adjunct Professor role at Georgia Tech. Developing and teaching two core classes within their Integrated Facilities Management graduate program, “Professor Merrow” has influenced the direction of facility operations with students from varied industries.
Joining AATC in 2017, Gary is able to bring his leadership, facility construction, and operations and maintenance experiences to AATC. Gary will continue to be active in business organizations such as IFMA and the USGBC, and he supports lacrosse programs in his community.
Rod Ozust, Vice President, Operations
As Vice President – Operations, Rod’s primary responsibility is to provide the leadership and direction that ensures the customer-facing aspects of the passenger facility at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA) are safe, functional and clean for every one of the 100,000,000+ passengers that travel through the facility each year and also oversees operation and maintenance of the North Terminal baggage system, AATC winter operations, and environmental compliance.
A native of Alberta, Canada, Rod migrated south and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of San Diego in 1971. He returned to USD in 1978 and received the State of California Teaching Credential.
He began his professional airline career with Western Airlines in 1972. He was responsible for redesigning and authoring corporate customer service curriculums and delivering system-wide training. Rod was promoted to Regional Administrator in Salt Lake City in 1984 responsible for creating capitol, operating and labor budgets at Western’s fledgling hub.
In 1987, Rod quickly assumed roles of increasing leadership responsibility and in 1991 he accepted temporary assignments in Frankfurt acting as department head in Air Cargo and Airport Passenger Services respectively. Upon his return to Salt Lake City, he was promoted to Superintendent of Airport Passenger Services. In December 1992, Rod returned to San Diego as Station Manager responsible for all facets of the operation, strategic planning, and facility coordination.
In 1996, Rod was named Manager – Atlanta Worldport. After implementing innovative enhancements to the facility to speed passenger processing, he was promoted to General Manager – Outside Services. In this role, he provided oversight for all outsourced services at the Worldport, was the liaison for Delta’s business units on the Atlanta Airport Master Plan and airport/TSA security construction projects. Rod concluded his airline career in 2004 as Director – Customer Service at the Atlanta Worldport.
Since joining AATC in 2005, Rod has continued to put the customer experience first in all facets of AATC’s work. He has implemented outsourcing strategies and performance metrics for services, materials and supplies that deliver superior, measureable results. While the customer experience is at the forefront, incorporating sustainable operations plays an important role in all of AATC’s decision-making.
Team Member Life
AATC’s Team Members Deliver Excellence and Exceed Expectations every day. Our team tackles challenges daily in the world's most-traveled airport. Whether it’s completing a major airport project, identifying work that needs to be completed, assisting our partners, or helping a passenger find their gate, the AATC team is always producing results and generating success.
Health & Wellness
AATC’s Health & Wellness Program was created to encourage and support a healthy lifestyle for our team members. We have adopted the term “Be… AATC” as our slogan. Through different approaches of being Aware, Active, Transformed and Changed, we have taken an initiative to better our team member's physical and mental well being.
Being aware is the first step to becoming healthier. AATC provides education through seminars, brochures, and demonstrations about healthy living and healthy eating. We also offer annual screening programs so employees are better aware of their current health.
Research shows that lack of exercise can be as lethal as smoking. AATC continuously adds new ways for employees to be active while at work and outside of work. We participate in weekly walks in the airport, have monthly walking challenges, and support our community by participating in fundraising walks in and around Atlanta. AATC also subsidizes a gym membership.
We are actively transforming our employees, not just physically, but also mentally. By providing healthy snack options in our vending machines, tracking our activities, and creating a new, healthy culture, we are transforming our team into healthier and happier employees.
Change can only happen from within. AATC’s approach to being CHANGED is when an employee begins to adopt a healthy lifestyle outside of work and are making an effort to improve their overall wellbeing.
The Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation values its team members. Working at the world’s most-traveled airport is demanding and can be strenuous. In an effort to show appreciation for our team members, AATC is providing useful tools for all employees through the AATC University via the AATC Learning Center. Here, team members can take part in numerous educational opportunities, not only to enhance your skills as an employee, but also for your own personal gain.