Airport Authority announces Board changes

Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 1:03am

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) Wednesday announced the appointment and confirmation of Juli Mosley as vice chair and Dr. A. Dexter Samuels as secretary of its Board of Commissioners.

New commissioners Rod Essig and Bill Martin were also named to the board. Samuels was re-appointed to it.

Mosley was appointed to the board as the engineer’s representative in 2002, and is currently serving her second term that expires in 2010. She chairs the General Aviation/Operations/Planning/Engineering Committee.

She previously served as secretary of the board. She is a professional engineer with Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon in Nashville.

Samuels, who has been serving on the board since November 2007 after being appointed to fulfill former Commissioner Ann Butterworth’s term, was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean and confirmed on April 15 by the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County. His term expires April 2012. Samuels serves as one of the board’s neighborhood representatives.

Samuels currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Health Administration and Health Sciences at Tennessee State University.

“Juli Mosley and Dexter Samuels will continue to share their business and professional expertise with the board in their expanded roles,” said Raul Regalado, president and CEO of the MNAA. “We are pleased to welcome Rod Essig and Bill Martin who both bring unique perspectives and diverse backgrounds to the Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners and the region we serve.”

Essig was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean and confirmed on March 18 by the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County. His term expires April 2009.

He fills the position of former Board Vice Chair Bert Mathews, who resigned from the board after seven years of service. Essig, of Creative Artists Agency, serves as one of the board’s business and finance representatives.

Essig is with Creative Artists Agency, a full-service talent agency representing the most creative and successful professionals working in film, television, music, theatre, video games, and sports. His extensive background in the music industry began in 1973 as vice president and co-owner of Minneapolis-based booking agency, Variety Artists International. In 1993, he relocated to Nashville and joined CAA. Essig is presently the responsible agent for some of the biggest names in country music including Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, and Phil Vassar.

Martin was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean and confirmed on April 15 by the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County. His term expires April 2012. He fills the position of former Board Commissioner Deb McDermott, whose term expired this month.

A native Nashvillian, Martin is the founder and chief executive officer of Cushion Employer Services Corporation. He freely shares his skills with the community as a member of Tennessee’s Workforce Investment Board, founder of the Metro Center Advisory Board, member of United Way of Nashville Human Resources Advisory Committee and a Member of 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee.

A 10-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Metro Council, governs the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. The board is comprised of three business and finance representatives, two pilot representatives, two neighborhood representatives, one engineering representative, one legal representative and the mayor.

— Staff reports

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