Jeffrey C. Price M.A., C.M.
Leading Edge Strategies
Jeff Price is a Professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science, and the owner of Leading Edge Strategies, an airport management training company.
Considered one of the leading experts in the world in aviation security and airport safety, Jeff is the former Assistant Director of Airport Security at Denver International Airport, and the former Airport Director at Jefferson County Airport, in Colorado (now known as Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport). Jeff is the lead author of two books: Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats. The leading industry textbook on aviation security and Practical Airport Operations, Safety and Emergency Management: Protocols for Today and the Future.
The lead Airport Security Coordinator trainer since 2003 for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), he authored ACE-Security program and is the lead author of AAAE's Certified Member body of knowledge, the baseline knowledge for an individual to become an Accredited Airport Executive. Jeff has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Professional Pilot from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, along with some doctoral work at Capella University in Emergency Management. He is also an FAA Commercial/Instrument Pilot. In 2000, he was appointed for a term by the Governor to serve on the Colorado Aeronautics Board.
Jeff is frequently sought as an industry expert by the media and provides commentary (print, radio, internet and broadcast) to numerous media outlets including NBC, The Today Show, NPR, CNN, ABCNews, CBS, USAToday, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, AP and others. A certified trainer by both the Anthony Robbins company and the FranklinCovey corporation (7 Habits) Jeff has trained over 3,000 Airport Security Coordinators, 800+ TSA Transportation Security Inspectors and thousands of others in airport management, emergency management and airport operations.
Jeff has authored 300+ articles for a variety of publications including Aviation Security International magazine, Airport magazine and Plane & Pilot. He has also authored three chapters on aviation security for three other texts. He is a Certified Protection Professional through the American Society of Industrial Security. Through Leading Edge Strategies he provides training, emergency exercise design and facilitation, and expert witness services. Jeff’s professional career began as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He entered airport management in the Airport Operations at Denver’s Stapleton International Airport in 1992, where he developed the airfield manager training programs and was part of opening Denver International Airport. At Jeffco Airport, he served as the Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Property Management prior to being appointed the airport manager.