Member Name: Jo Ann Speer
Company Name: Everett-Stewart Regional Airport
Position: Airport Manager
Areas of Expertise: Airport Management and Fixed Base Operations - Securing grants through State and Federal contracts for upgrades - $10.2 M including 1500 runway extension, new hangars, security improvements, above ground fuel farm & Ag Complex Works closely with Federal and State Aviation committees and departments that generate rules and regulations for all aspects of airport business and security. Ensures that all aspects of the airport are functioning within these regulations or takes the necessary actions to bring them into compliance.
2012-13 - Tennessee's Airport Manager of the Year. Current Chairman of the Tennessee Aviation Association (the previous year, the ESRA Board received "Governing Body of the Year".Certificated Flight Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, Commercial Pilot and Instrument Rated
Other Interests: Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Board 2008-2012
Member of AOPA, The Ninety-Nines, Women In Aviation International, National Business Aviation Association, American Association of Airport Executives
Chairman of the Airport Extravaganza Airshow & Airport Expo
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Volunteer
Why did you join the Chamber? Being a part of the Chamber gives me the opportunity to give back to the Community. It is a way to network with local businesses, the more I know about each business, the better prepared I am to help market our area to all those passing through Everett-Stewart Regional Airport. I genuinely want to lend a hand in helping our Community grow.
Why do you serve on the Board of Directors? As an ambassador for the Airport and the Community, it gives me great pleasure to give back to the Community. When given the opportunity to serve on any Board or Committee, we should take the responsibility seriously and put forth every effort to do the job to the best of our ability.
What is the Chamber's role in the business community? The Chamber plays a significant Leadership Role in the community. It serves as a Community Champion and advocate for businesses.
Extra Curricular Activities: Jo Ann's husband Kerry is the Commercial Sales Manager. They enjoy flying their Cessna 172, camping, kayaking and canoeing and spending time with their family. They also provide Aerial Photography.