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.

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Edward A. Hadley, Esq.

Mr. Hadley is a partner in the North, Pursell & Ramos law firm in Nashville. He is an accomplished pilot and flies a general aviation airplane in his law practice. Hadley graduated from Vanderbilt University and The Samford University, Cumberland School of Law in 1994. Mr. Hadley is a Panel Attorney for the AOPA Legal Services Plan.

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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. 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 Contour and served as the CEO 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 (

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John R. Black

Mr. Black has been the Executive Director of the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport Authority since 1999. He graduated from MTSU with a degree in Aviation Management & a Masters in Aerospace. Mr. Black is also an Adjunct Professor at MTSU. He is a Private Pilot and is very active in community affairs and numerous professional organizations. Mr. Black is a former Chairman of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame.

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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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Heather M. Williams Bay

Mrs. Bay is the owner & operator of Direct Flight Solutions, LLC, the FBO at Lebanon Municipal Airport. She is intimately involved with the airport’s role in economic development in Wilson County. She and her husband own and fly a Cirrus SR22. Heather is a Charter Member and Officer for her local Women in Aviation Chapter and is works with the Tennessee House of Representatives Transportation Advisory Committee, is a member of the Wilson County Board of Directors,  International Aviation Women’s Association, the National Business Aircraft Association , the  American Association of Airport Executives, the National Air Transportation Association President’s Council, the Cumberland University Notes for Nurses, Leadership Wilson, the Prospect Board of Directors,  and Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Executive Committee.

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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.