Board of Directors

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Jennifer Cairns Baker

Mrs. Baker owns the Baker School of Aeronautics. She was named the FAA Safety Counselor of the Year in 1999, serves on the National FAA AMT Awards Committee and was enshrined into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2009. The Baker School enrolls more than 1,100 AMT students annually from 125 countries worldwide. Mrs. Baker is a fervent advocate for the Aviation Maintenance Technician.


Mona Sue McPherson

Retired Hendersonville High School teacher Sue McPherson has introduced countless youngsters to aviation and aerospace. She was the Sumner County Teacher of the Year in 1989. Ms. McPherson holds a Private Pilot’s License and served for many years on the Sumner County Regional Airport Authority. She is also a current Board Member of the Bill Sattler Aerospace Education Foundation and heads the foundation’s Annual Aerospace Summer Camps program at Lebanon Airport.


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Robert A. Wilson

Bob Wilson is a Principle of The Kemmons Wilson Companies, founders of Holiday Inns and President of Wilson Air Centers, fixed base operators in Memphis, Houston, TX, Chattanooga and Charlotte, NC. He is a recipient of the Memphis Legends of Aviation Award and was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2006.


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Robert E. Minter, Sr.

Mr. Minter graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute in 1961; has been a corporate pilot; served in top management at the worlds largest civilian flight training operation; served as Director of (Airports) Development & Operations at TDOT’s Bureau of Aeronautics, and for over 30 years represented AOPA in the Southeast managing state & local Governmental Affairs. He was honored by The Tennessee Aeronautics Commission for his “Career Contributions To Aviation” in Tennessee in 2002.  Mr. Minter founded the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 1997 and was enshrined in 2012.


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Allen Howell-Chairman

Allen Howell is a founding shareholder and Board Member of Azure Flight Support and served as the CEO of Corporate Flight Management from 1997 through April 2015. The early years included cleaning & fueling aircraft, dispatch, sales, marketing, accounting and administrative positions. Allen was involved with the startup of a Commuter Part-121 Airline in the mid 90’s, as well as several other aviation and transportation businesses over the last 20 years. Allen is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration with majors in both Marketing and Economics, and he holds a Commercial Multi-Engine Instrument Pilot License with Private Single Land and Sea ratings. He has been a featured contributor on several aviation blog sites such as Forbes Online Aviation column, “Wheels Up”, and serves on the Board of Directors for Murfreesboro’s Discovery Center (http://explorethedc.org).


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W. Clay Derryberry

Mr. Derryberry is the retired manager of Ellington Airport in Lewisburg and the 1990 Tennessee Airport Manager of the Year. He is an ATP certificated pilot, A&P Maintenance Technician with Inspection Authorization; a Certified Flight Instructor in airplanes and helicopters; a graduate of David Lipscomb College and Church of Christ Minister. Mr. Derryberry is a retired Lt. Colonel and Chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol.


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William F. Marrison, AAE

Mr. Marrison graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in December 1969. He was employed by the Nashville Metropolitan Airport Authority in January 1970; became Manager of the Jackson Madison County Airport Authority in 1974; joined the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority in 1982 and became its President in 2001. Among his many honors and community activities, Marrison was named Tennessee’s Airport Manager of the Year in 1991; received the AAAE Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and The Tennessee Aeronautics Commission’s Career Contributions to Aviation Award in 2015.