Speer elected to TAA
Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 1:02 pm
Among those elected was Union City’s Everett-Stewart Regional Airport manager Jo Ann Speer.
Speer was elected vice president. ESRA won awards in 2011 as Airport Governing Body of the Year and the prestigious Red Carpet Award.
TAA’s new chairman is John R. Black, executive director of the Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport Authority. Black and Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport (MQY) manager Lois Vallance were named Tennessee’s 2011 Airport Managers of the Year last August by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.
Chad Gehrke, manager of the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport, home to MTSU’s Aerospace Department, has been named secretary/treasurer. Jon Glass, who manages Tullahoma’s Regional Airport (THA) and Steve Smith, who heads the McKellar-Sipes Airport (MKL) at Jackson have become new board members.
Co-founder and former chairman, Bob Minter will remain closely associated with the association as chairman emeritus. Minter is Southern Region Manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the world’s largest aviation association, in eight Southeastern states. AOPA has more than 7,000 aircraft owner and pilot members in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Aviation Association was organized in 1990 as an advocacy and educational coalition for aviation interests in Tennessee. TAA represents the state’s public and private General Aviation Airports. Airports with scheduled air services are represented by the Tennessee Association of Air Carrier Airports. Both organizations work closely together.
Outgoing chairman Bob Minter said, “The new realities driven by our national and world economies and the most significant recession since the 30’s are defining change and we must adapt to without compromising our air transportation infrastructure in Tennessee. Federal and state budget issues, security and regulatory change are changing the world we live and work in. It is abundantly clear that becoming a more pro-active association focusing upon a defined set of priorities is imperative. “
TAA’s new chairman, John Black, commented that the Tennessee Aviation Association will be working toward increased communication among the aviation community and interactive, working relationships with local, state and federal governments.
“We look forward to our continued partnership with the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission and our TDOT Division of Aeronautics,” Black said. “Tennessee has one of the best systems of airports in the country and they are a vital part of our ability to attract jobs and grow our economy.”