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Des Moines Airport leaders to open Drake lunch series

January 20, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834,
tory.olson@drake.edu

Drake University's spring "Let's DU Lunch" series
will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 4, with a program featuring Des Moines International
Airport Aviation Director Craig Smith and Air Service and Public Relations
Manager Roy Criss.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held at All
Play, 615 Third St. in downtown Des Moines. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.,
followed by lunch and the program at noon.

As aviation director, Smith is responsible for day-to-day
airport operations. In addition to previously holding several positions at the
airport, Smith also served as operations manager for the Atlantic City
International Airport in New Jersey prior to coming to Iowa in 1996.

Criss handles business development and marketing for the
airport. During his tenure, passenger numbers have increased by 100,000, and
the airport has been featured in two international publications. Criss also
previously served as marketing manager for the Iowa Department of
Transportation's Office of Aviation.

"Let's DU Lunch" will continue on Wednesday, March
4, with a lecture by Barry Griswell, president of the Community Foundation of
Greater Des Moines. Drake University President David Maxwell will conclude the
spring series on Wednesday, April 1.

Cost is $17 per lunch or $42 for
all three luncheons for those who register for the entire series by Jan. 28.
Reservations are recommended due to limited seating.
Drake University
and the Greater Des Moines Partnership sponsor all luncheons.

For more information or to register for "Let's DU
Lunch," contact Betty See in the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs at
515-271-2500 or betty.see@drake.edu.