MKAA President Elected to National AAAE Board of Directors

Patrick Wilson, A.A.E., President of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA), was appointed to the 2020-2021 Board of Directors for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) during the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting, which was held virtually on Friday, June 26, 2020. AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing individuals who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports.

“Having an airport president as a leader within the national aviation system who can share his perspective on concerns that can directly impact aviation in East Tennessee is imperative to the success of the MKAA system,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “Patrick’s leadership and legislative understanding on the local, state, and national level are assets that will continue to guide McGhee Tyson Airport and Downtown Island Airport through the new challenges and opportunities we are sure to face in the months and years to come.”

Wilson joins the national AAAE Board of Directors with more than 28 years of experience in the aviation industry and 8 years of leadership experience within the AAAE organization, both on a national level and with its Southeast Chapter.

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ABOUT MKAA: The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport (DKX). For more information, visit flyknoxville.com.

ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing the individuals who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 7,000 members represent some 875 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

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