By Tommy Booth, Director
I’ve truly been blessed to work side-by-side with such amazing people! From the airport directors and their staffs to the airport consultants, I want to say thank you. You are some of the most knowledgeable and professional people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with, and I appreciate the friendships made. To Kathy, Kirsten and the Mississippi Airports Association, thank you for allowing me to serve on the board and help with the annual conference. And to my staff in the Aeronautics Division, I want to thank Heather Grippando and Heather Brown (aka, the Heathers) for their work in making the day-to-day operations run smoothly. On average, we administer about 65–70 projects annually. We process more than 200 reimbursement requests each year. That’s a lot for a 3-person division! I also want to thank our airport inspector, David Lowery, who retired from the division and came back to work part-time. His inspections are critical to ensure the safe operation of these airports.
For the next chapter, I plan to remain involved with airports. I’m taking a couple of months off and will do a little traveling and spend some time on the water. I am looking forward to seeing y’all in September at the MAA conference in Biloxi!