Top 40 Under 40: Cyrus T. Callum

Cyrus T. Callum grew up by Stapleton International Airport but where most people would consider the noise of planes overhead a nuisance, Callum, who holds a private pilot’s license, actually marveled at it and knew he wanted to be a part of the aviation industry one day. Later he became interested in airports and the ways they bring people together. “They bring families together, they bring troops back from overseas, they bring businesses together, and I just really wanted to be a part of that,” he says.

Today he is. As the assistant director of Airport Operations for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA), his responsibilities include coordinating plans, policies and procedures in addition to administrative, budgetary and operational issues.

Callum joined the Aviation Authority in 2008 as the Manager of its Noise Abatement Program. In his current role he manages Landside and Terminal Operations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance program, Aviation Technical systems and other special projects.

Prior to joining GOAA, Callum held multiple positions in operations, planning and business development at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority; Reynolds, Smith and Hills Inc.; Landrum & Brown Inc.; and the Denver International Airport.

Callum, an American Association of Airport Executives (A.A.A.E.) accredited airport executive, serves as an at-large examiner on the A.A.A.E. Board of Examiners, which is responsible for oversight and development of the Accreditation Program for those seeking the Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) designation. He is an active member of the Southeast Chapter of the A.A.A.E. Callum, also an Airport Certified Employee (A.C.E.) in Operations, served as the first chair of this chapter’s information and communication committee, linking it to social media. He is also an adjunct professor at Everglades University, teaching various subjects for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in aviation management, for which he was named Professor of the Year in 2010.