John Speckin assumed his current position as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Central Region in January 2008. In addition to his regional responsibilities for the four-state region (IA, MO, KS, and NE), Mr. Speckin also contributes to various national initiatives, including the Airport Obstructions Standards Committee Working Group and the Succession Planning Committee for the Regions and Center Operations.
Mr. Speckin's FAA career began in 1989 as a design engineer where he worked in all aspects related to the siting, design, and construction of complex FAA facilities throughout the National Airspace System from Airport Traffic Control Towers, radars, communication facilities, Flight Service Stations, Instrument Landing Systems, and Approach Lighting Systems. He was later promoted to Regional Associate Program Manager.
In 1996, Mr. Speckin was selected as the FAA's Regional St. Louis Program Manager of the $2.6 billion expansion of the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, integrating both FAA and Airport activities required to commission the new runway and other airfield improvements.
In 2001, he was selected as the Regional Terminal Business Manager. This role later evolved into the Terminal Planning Account Manager position with the Air Traffic Organization, where Mr. Speckin provided both tactical and strategic planning for all Central Region Terminal facilities. The last few years as Account Manager, Mr. Speckin's work involved more national planning initiatives, such as developing a sustainment model for ATCTs / TRACON, planning for NextGen control facilities, and the planning for several larger East coast facilities.
Mr. Speckin holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Kansas.