New Board Officers Announced In Leadership Overhaul At Nashville Airport Authority – Travel And Tour World

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority elects new board officers, with Nancy Sullivan as Chair, starting July 1, 2024.

The Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA), responsible for overseeing Nashville International Airport® (BNA®) and John C. Tune Airport® (JWN®), has unveiled its latest slate of elected officers. Nancy Sullivan will take the helm as chair, with James W. “Jimmy” Granbery securing another term as vice chair, and Andrew W. Byrd continuing as board secretary. These appointments, aligned with the commission’s bylaws, will be officially implemented starting July 1, 2024.

“The MNAA board’s leadership, strategic vision, and dedication are instrumental in the Authority’s drive to build two world-class airports,”said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of Nashville International Airport. “We extend our gratitude to Commissioner Joycelyn Stevenson for her service and outstanding leadership as board chair, and we welcome Nancy Sullivan into her new leadership role as Board Chair. Under Chair Sullivan’s leadership, we will continue working to exceed the growing travel demands of the Middle Tennessee region, both today and in the future.”

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority is overseen by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. These commissioners, appointed by the Mayor of Nashville and Davidson County and confirmed by the Metropolitan Council, are responsible for setting policies and governing the authority. The board includes professionals from engineering, law, industry, commerce, and finance, with at least two members qualified as private pilots or above. Alongside the newly elected officers, the board also includes commissioners Robert J. “Bobby” Joslin, Joycelyn A. Stevenson, Esq., and Dr. Glenda Glover.

Nancy B. Sullivan, P.E., serves as the Chair of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) Board. She joined the MNAA Board in 2018, appointed by then-Mayor David Briley and was reappointed in 2022 by former Mayor John Cooper. During her tenure, she has held positions as vice chair and secretary of the board, and chaired the Audit and Compliance Committee. She also served as vice chair of the Operations, Engineering & Strategic Planning Committee, as well as the Management, Audit and Compliance Committee, and the General Aviation, Operations, Planning and Engineering Committee.

Professionally, Sullivan is a prominent figure in the environmental sector. In 1996, she co-founded Triad Environmental Consultants, Inc., which later merged with Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. in August 2022. She now acts as the Principal Engineer and Operations Manager at Montrose, where she delivers innovative solutions to complex environmental issues. Her expertise is sought after by both commercial and governmental entities for services including air quality assessment, laboratory analysis, regulatory compliance, emergency response, permitting, engineering, and remediation.

Sullivan is also deeply committed to community involvement. She has contributed her leadership skills to the Lipscomb University Civil Engineering Advisory Board and supports the historic Two Rivers Mansion. Her past leadership roles include president of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (Nashville Chapter) and the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, and she has been involved with the Donelson/Hermitage YMCA, the TSPE State Chapter, and the Metro Nashville Air Advisory Committee.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University) and a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Nancy is married to Mickey, with whom she has two children, Paul and Misty, and a grandchild, Ciana.

James W. “Jimmy” Granbery holds the position of Vice Chair on the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) Board, to which he was appointed in 2018 by then-Mayor David Briley and reappointed in 2021 by former Mayor John Cooper. He also acts as the vice chair of the Management, Audit and Compliance Committee. His previous roles on the board include serving as chair and secretary, chair of the Finance, Diversity and Workforce Development Committee, and vice chair of the BNA Vision Committee.

In addition to his duties with the MNAA, Granbery is the Chair of H.G. Hill Company and the Chair/CEO of H.G. Hill Realty Company, LLC. Both companies have deep roots in Nashville, being family-owned and operated through six generations. Granbery’s extensive civic involvement includes his current role as chair of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. His past contributions include serving on the board of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency and as chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Nashville District.

His commitment to the community is further demonstrated by his leadership positions on the boards of the Nashville Zoo, Martin Methodist College (now the University of Tennessee Southern), and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. Granbery earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. He is married to Jamie, and together they have two children, Marion Floyd and Treanor Granbery, and four grandchildren, Franklin Floyd, Helen Floyd, Clayton Granbery, and Bowen Granbery.

Andrew W. Byrd serves as the Secretary of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) Board, a role he assumed after his appointment in 2021 by former Mayor John Cooper. Additionally, Byrd is the chair of the Finance, Diversity & Workforce Development Committee. He is the founder and CEO of TVV Capital, an investment firm specializing in private equity.

Byrd is deeply committed to community service. His leadership is exemplified by his position as Chairman of Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and his foundational role in the development of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. He has also served as President of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was elected Clerk of the Session at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

Byrd holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University, as well as a Master of Laws in taxation from Georgetown University. He has been married to his wife, Marianne, for over forty years, with whom he has three children and four grandchildren.

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