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He's quite the number! Meet MIA statistician Duane Riley.

For Duane Riley, things just add up. As the Aviation Department’s lead statistician, he is in charge of compiling reports that include passenger volumes, cargo flights, and even tons of mail that go through the airport daily. These last few months have really put Duane’s skills to the test, since he saw an overnight plunge in passenger numbers while simultaneously seeing cargo operations climb. No matter what Duane encounters at the busy global gateway, the odds are usually in his favor. Learn more about Duane and his role at MIA this World Statistics Day.

How long have you been at MIA?

I started working for the Department in January 1992.

What do you like most about your job?

What I like most about my job is the fact that I get to see how all the Aviation departments interact with the various companies at MIA to make the airport function on a day-to-day basis.

What is your role at MIA?

My role is to supervise the Department’s revenue section, whose primary function is to invoice the airlines for all aviation-related activities. That consists of landing fees, concourse fees, aircraft parking, and several other aviation-related charges. The airlines are also required to submit their monthly statistics into our system so MIA’s statistic reports can be generated. My area also invoices other miscellaneous charges such as employee parking decals, employee ID badges, and ground transportation expenses, to name a few.

What are some of your most significant accomplishments at MIA?

My biggest professional accomplishment at MIA is starting as a Clerk 2 and working my way up to my current position as an Accountant 2. My biggest job-related accomplishment is creating a spreadsheet where I only need to enter the statistics number in one place. It distributes that same number to various reports, which helps with accuracy and timeliness.

How does it feel to be recognized on World Statistics Day?

It feels great. As an accountant, there are not many opportunities to be noticed and recognized. It is a job that is very important for every business, but it is not very glamorous. I am shocked to know that Statistics Day even exists!