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January 3, 2022

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2021: A Year in Review for Nashville International and John C. Tune airports

Air Travel Increased 87.3 Percent Over 2020, Progress Continued on BNA® Vision and John C. Tune Airport® Redevelopment

NASHVILLE – With the release of 2021’s total passenger data, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) has taken stock of the previous 12 months. Although the pandemic continued to impact air travel throughout the country, the calendar year closed with over 15.5 million passengers moving in and out of Nashville International Airport_®_—87.3 percent higher than in 2020 and just 15.1 percent lower than in 2019.

In fact, July and November 2021 passenger volume exceeded the record-setting 2019 numbers for those months. Additionally, the number of scheduled nonstop routes during the summer reached a record high of service to 88 markets.

“In addition to the increase in air travel, we continued to progress in other areas, including additional air service, expansion and renovation of BNA_®_ and the redevelopment of John C. Tune Airport,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of MNAA. “The Airport Authority continued to meet challenges from the pandemic while embracing opportunities to meet future needs and reinforce the vital role we play in the economic recovery of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.”

Notable 2021 milestones:

  • Broke ground on an upscale Hilton hotel and parking garage facility. This development is part of _BNA® Vision, _the Authority’s $1.4 billion expansion and renovation.
  • Announced plans for a free-standing satellite concourse near the main terminal with eight gates to accommodate anticipated growth of air travel demand.
  • Opened 35 new food, drink, shopping and service locations.
  • Reopened a fully reconstructed runway 2R/20L after 16 months of construction.
  • Hosted two large fundraising events: The “BNA 5K on the Runway,” and the 25th annual Aviation Golf Classic, which raised a total of more than $142,000 for seven non-profits.
  • Held a full-scale emergency drill to rehearse emergency response plans and procedures in conjunction with federal, state, local and community agencies.
  • Announced 28 new air service routes.
  • Opened an air traffic control tower at John C. Tune Airport designed to enhance the general aviation airport’s safety and operational efficiency. The tower adds to the progress of “Tune Taking Off,” a multi-faceted redevelopment plan for the airport, which serves as a reliever to BNA.

And as progress on new initiatives continued, so too did BNA’s response to the pandemic. The airport reinforced its cleaning and sanitizing protocols, continued its public awareness campaign of CDC best practices, distributed free face coverings, installed plastic shields at airline counters, installed touchless elevator buttons and UV sanitizing lights on escalator handrails and HVAC systems.

About Nashville International Airport
As infrastructure critical to the region’s growth and prosperity, BNA is a vital asset for Middle Tennessee and serves as a gateway to Music City and beyond. According to a recent State of Tennessee study, in 2019 alone, BNA generated more than $9.9 billion total economic impact.  BNA supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars.

For more information, visit flynashville.com. Follow us on Facebook: @NashvilleInternationalAirport, Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA® Vision, our expansion and renovation plan for the airport, at BNAVision.com.

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT®,  ®, COMMANDER BERRY FIELD®, JOHN C. TUNE AIRPORT®, and JWN®, among others, are the registered trademarks and trademarks of The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (“MNAA”). Use of these trademarks without permission from MNAA is strictly prohibited.

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October 26, 2021

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Airport Authority Adds Key Personnel to Leadership Team

Airport Authority Adds Key Personnel to Leadership Team

NASHVILLE – With two airports expanding and Middle Tennessee’s demand for air service continuing to rise, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) has enhanced its leadership team with the following key appointments:

Lisa Lankford: Vice President and Strategic Advisor to the President

Lisa Lankford has been promoted to Vice President and Strategic Advisor to the President. Ms. Lankford has served MNAA since 2011, bringing a wealth of talent and dedication to her roles. In addition to serving as strategic advisor to the President & CEO and managing Internal Audit, Lisa will lead Government Relations, supervise the Executive Assistants and further develop analytical tools.

“Lisa has long served the Authority well and continues to enhance her leadership and contributions with a growing portfolio of key areas of responsibility,” said Mr. Doug Kreulen, President and CEO of MNAA. “I look forward to benefiting from her increased leadership role, as does the entire organization and Board of Commissioners.”

Ms. Lankford began at MNAA as Project Manager, Continuous Improvement, and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Special Assistant to the President in 2017. She has provided strategic analysis and assistance to the executive leadership team and the Board of Commissioners. She is a Certified Member (C.M.) of the American Association of Airport Executives and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Mathematical Science at East Tennessee State University.

Adam Floyd: Assistant Vice President, Operations
Adam Floyd has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of Operations. Having demonstrated outstanding leadership as the Airport Authority’s Director of Emergency Management since 2019, Mr. Floyd will now lead airside and landside operations at Nashville International Airport® and John C. Tune Airport®. He was chosen after a nationwide search and emerged as the top candidate among more than 50 applicants considered for this critical role. His areas of responsibility include airfield and terminal operations, parking, ground transportation, and continued oversight of the Airport Communications Center and Emergency Operations Center.

“Adam Floyd has proven himself to be a tremendous asset to the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority in a short time. With his focus on constant readiness and his intricate understanding of systems, teams and complex coordination, he was the perfect candidate for this critical role,” said Mr. Kreulen. “Our future growth demands a superior leader of airfield and terminal operations and parking and ground transportation. Adam Floyd is that person and will be essential to the success of our airports. The traveling public is in very good hands.”

Mr. Floyd has overseen the 24/7 operations of MNAA’s Airport Communications Center and Emergency Operations Center for the last two years, including the Airport Authority’s immediate response and recovery activities following the March 2019 tornado at John C. Tune Airport. Mr. Floyd is a Certified Member (C.M.) of the American Association of Airport Executives and a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard with extensive experience in leading law enforcement, intelligence, and search and rescue operations. He is a graduate of the American Military University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis.

Daniel Brown: Assistant Vice President, Maintenance

Daniel Brown has joined the Airport Authority as Assistant Vice President of Maintenance. A fixture at MNAA since 2017, he has a proven track record of leadership excellence as head of the Airport Authority’s quality assurance and construction safety functions. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of facilities maintenance and airfield maintenance at Nashville International Airport and John C. Tune Airport.

“Daniel Brown is a demanding and exacting leader, one whose uncompromised emphasis on safety and quality make him ideal for his new role,” said Mr. Kreulen. “He has a well-established reputation of excellence at the Airport Authority. As air service continues to rise and as we continue to build, Daniel’s leadership will be essential to maintaining a superior standard across both of our airports. Travelers expect and deserve no less, and Daniel is the leader we need.”

Mr. Brown has 15 years of experience and expertise in quality assurance and construction safety. For the last four years, he has served as Tennessee division director for Sigma Engineering Solutions, working within MNAA’s Engineering Department to ensure a safe and quality execution of the $1.4 billion BNA_® Vision_ expansion of Nashville International Airport. Prior to joining Sigma Engineering Solutions, he was a quality manager on various federal construction contracts and served in the U.S. Air Force as a maintenance crew chief for A-10 Warthog aircraft, among other roles. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle University.

Ijeoma Ike: Senior Counsel

Ijeoma Ike has joined the Airport Authority’s legal team as Senior Counsel.

Previously, she served as In-House Legal Counsel for the Chattanooga Housing Authority (CHA). In addition to her work at CHA, Ms. Ike was a staff attorney with West Tennessee Legal Services Inc., a non-profit law firm.

She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was awarded her Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi. During law school, Ms. Ike clerked at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee and interned at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority has a legal team that any airport or company would envy. Ijeoma Ike’s considerable experience and acumen make her an outstanding addition to our top-tier group of attorneys,” said Mr. Kreulen. “We’re excited to welcome Ijeoma to our organization, and I am confident we will benefit from her expertise.”

Denise Gaitantzis: Director, Human Resources – Benefits & Compensation

Ms. Gaitantzis has extensive experience as an HR generalist and has served as Director of Human Resources for Pet Paradise Resorts and GATE Petroleum Company.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Languages from the University of Florida and holds certifications from the Society for Human Resource Management as a Professional in Human Resources and Compensation Specialist.

“The Authority’s Human Resources Department is a key component to our success managing a top-notch team of professionals. Denise Gaitantzis brings a wealth of knowledge and talent, and we look forward to that addition to our staff,” said Mr. Kreulen.

Toiya McNeil Walker: Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development

Toiya McNeil Walker comes to the Authority from Broadcast Music Inc. where she served as Talent Manager and Director, Human Resources, for seven years. Prior to that, she was a Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Amazon Fulfillment and worked at the Dollar Financial Group in Human Resources.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications from Tennessee State University as well as several certifications including the Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Global Professional of Human Resources, Certified Talent Acquisition Strategist from Human Capitalist Institute, Prism Certified Diversity & Inclusion Trainer, and Certified Targeted Selection Interview Trainer from Development Dimensions International.

“Our Human Resources Department continues to reach new levels of expertise with the hiring of Toiya McNeil Walker,” said Mr. Kreulen. “I’m confident in her leadership and the valuable service she brings to the Authority.”

MNAA was established in 1970 and owns and operates Nashville International Airport and John C. Tune Airport.

About Nashville International Airport®
As infrastructure critical to the region’s growth and prosperity, BNA is a vital asset for Middle Tennessee and serves as a gateway to Music City and beyond. According to a recent study, in 2019 alone, BNA generated more than $8.1 billion in total economic impact, supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars. For more information, visit flynashville.com. Follow us on Facebook: @NashvilleInternationalAirport, Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA® Vision, our expansion and renovation plan for the airport, at BNAVision.com.

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT®,  ®, COMMANDER BERRY FIELD®, JOHN C. TUNE AIRPORT®, and JWN®, among others, are the registered trademarks and trademarks of The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (“MNAA”). Use of these trademarks without permission from MNAA is strictly prohibited.

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October 21, 2021

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Massive Earthwork Project Set to Begin at Nashville International Airport®

Ramp Expansion Marks First Step Toward Building a Bigger Concourse A, Furthers Airport Expansion to Accommodate Rising Demand for Air Service

NASHVILLE – The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) is entering a new phase of expansion with a substantial earthwork project set to begin at Nashville International Airport. This project will enlarge the paved area (or “ramp”) adjacent to the terminal’s north end, adding more space for aircraft maneuvering and parking—the first step in building a much larger Concourse A to accommodate significant projected growth and rising demand for air service.

The Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners this week awarded a $27 million contract to Eutaw Construction for Phase 1 of the Concourse A ramp expansion project. Construction will begin in November to create nearly 30 acres of new space adjacent to Concourse A by spring 2023. Phase 2, which has not yet been awarded, will pave the new space and add aircraft taxilanes to service an expanded Concourse A.

The future Concourse A expansion contract has not yet been awarded.

“Air traffic at BNA has returned to pre-pandemic levels. With even more growth projected in the years ahead, Nashville needs a bigger airport,” said Doug Kreulen, BNA President and CEO. “A world-class Concourse A is key to our growth strategy, but we need a bigger ramp first. We’re eager for Eutaw Construction to move forward with this critical airport infrastructure project. An even bigger and better BNA is on the horizon, and we’re swiftly heading toward it.”

Phase 1 of the Concourse A ramp expansion project will bring a 95-foot depression up to grade, creating 27 acres of space to extend the existing Concourse A ramp. The resulting surface area will be needed for aircraft maneuvering once Concourse A is expanded. An estimated 75,000 dump truck loads of fill material will be used to build the new space, 67 percent of which was harvested from BNA’s on-site stockpiles (including rock excavated from the future International Arrivals Facility site and concrete recycled from the newly reconstructed Runway 2R/20L). The remaining fill material will come from a local quarry.

The project is expected to include nearly $3 million in contract awards for minority and woman-owned business enterprises and will create an estimated 60 jobs.

“Eutaw Construction is excited to continue our partnership with MNAA on the upcoming Concourse A ramp expansion contract,” said Lane Williams, regional vice president of Eutaw Construction

Company. “We welcome the opportunity to work together with the professional team at MNAA in executing another successful project and further BNA’s ongoing expansion.”

Notably, this project is part of a second major phase of expansion at Nashville International Airport. The first slate of projects under way now and set for completion in 2023 include a new Hilton-branded hotel, a state-of-the-art International Arrivals Facility and terminal lobby expansion and renovation. Projects already completed under the first phase include a new Concourse D, new ticketing wings and baggage claim space, Terminal Garages 1 and 2, and a new administrative office building.

The second group of projects will add even more capacity to serve rising demand for air travel projected to continue beyond 2023. These projects include a free-standing satellite concourse and Concourse A ramp expansion.

As with all other airport capital improvement projects, no local tax dollars will be used to fund BNA expansion projects. Take a virtual 360-degree tour, view renderings and watch the BNA Vision video at bnavision.com.

About Nashville International Airport®
As infrastructure critical to the region’s growth and prosperity, BNA is a vital asset for Middle Tennessee and serves as a gateway to Music City and beyond. According to a recent study, in 2019 alone, BNA generated more than $8.1 billion in total economic impact, supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars. For more information, visit flynashville.com. Follow us on Facebook: @NashvilleInternationalAirport, Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA® Vision, our expansion and renovation plan for the airport, at BNAVision.com.

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT®,  ®, COMMANDER BERRY FIELD®, JOHN C. TUNE AIRPORT®, and JWN®, among others, are the registered trademarks and trademarks of The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (“MNAA”). Use of these trademarks without permission from MNAA is strictly prohibited.

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October 5, 2021

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Nashville International Airport® Recognized with “Condé Nast Traveler’s” Readers’ Choice Award: “9th Best Airport in the U.S.”

The World’s Best Hotels, Resorts, Destinations, Spas, Trains, Car Rentals, Luggage, Airlines, Airports and Cruises Ranked by Travelers

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Nashville International Airport recognized as the Ninth Best Airport in the U.S.

More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot about the places they can’t wait to return to next. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. The full list of winners can be found here.

“BNA® works tirelessly to create a welcoming environment and enjoyable travel experience,” said Doug Kreulen, BNA president and CEO. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the magazine’s readers around the globe. We remain committed to continuing the experience that travelers appreciate at BNA and look forward to providing an even bigger, better airport with the expansion and renovation currently underway.”

The 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue.

About Nashville International Airport®
As infrastructure critical to the region’s growth and prosperity, BNA is a vital asset for Middle Tennessee and serves as a gateway to Music City and beyond. According to a recent study, in 2019 alone, BNA generated more than $8.1 billion in total economic impact, supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars. For more information, visit flynashville.com. Follow us on Facebook: @NashvilleInternationalAirport, Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA® Vision, our expansion and renovation plan for the airport, at BNAVision.com.

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT®, ®, COMMANDER BERRY FIELD®, JOHN C. TUNE AIRPORT®, and JWN®, among others, are the registered trademarks and trademarks of The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (“MNAA”). Use of these trademarks without permission from MNAA is strictly prohibited.

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April 7, 2021

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Airport Authority Completes Leadership Team with Promotions

NASHVILLE – Setting the stage for future growth and expansion, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) announces the following promotions within its leadership team:

Mr. Robert Ramsey: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Robert Ramsey was promoted to Executive Vice President (EVP) along with his title of Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this position, Mr. Ramsey assumes the additional responsibility of overseeing the Information Technology department as well as leading the Operations, Facilities Maintenance, Public Safety, Engineering, Environmental Management, Safety, and Strategic Planning and Sustainability programs at both the Nashville International Airport® and the John C. Tune Airport®.

“Robert Ramsey has a proven record of superior performance at both of our airports,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of MNAA. “From Engineering Manager to Director of Design, then Chief Engineer, and now the COO, Robert has the experience and leadership talents necessary to ensure we continue to meet Nashville’s and Middle Tennessee’s growing demands for commercial, corporate and the general aviation services today and into the future.”

Mr. Ramsey joined the Airport Authority in 2003 and he was instrumental in launching the BNA® Vision, MNAA’s expansion and renovation plan for Nashville International Airport. He served eight years in the United States Air Force as an officer in multiple squadron leadership roles. A graduate of the University of Missouri and the Virginia Military Institute, Ramsey is a Professional Engineer (PE), an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E) and an International Airport Professional (IAP).

Ms. Traci Holton: Vice President of Engineering and Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Traci Holton has been promoted to Vice President of Engineering and Deputy Chief Operating Officer for her successful hands-on management of the Engineering department and her leadership role as Chief Engineer, directing the $1.4 billion BNA® Vision expansion of Nashville International Airport.

“Traci Holton is an outstanding leader. She has demonstrated extraordinary skill directing the many construction and design projects at both Nashville International Airport® and John C. Tune Airport®,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of MNAA. “She brings a level of expertise and focus on airport projects that we embrace and rely upon throughout our organization, and her increased role gives us added assurance as we continue to expand BNA® and redevelop JWN®.”

Ms. Holton joined MNAA in 2003 and most recently served as assistant vice president of development and engineering. Before joining the Airport Authority, Ms. Holton worked as a transportation engineer for a local consulting firm, where she designed and managed roadway projects throughout the state of Tennessee. She also has experience in bridge design, environmental permitting and site development.

She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Tennessee and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Tennessee Section; American Society of Civil Engineers, Tennessee Section, Nashville Branch; and the American Association of Airport Executives. In 2020, she was named Government Engineer of the Year by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers’ Nashville Chapter. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Lipscomb University.

Ms. Kristen Deuben: Vice President of Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Kristen Deuben was promoted to Vice President of Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for her exceptional management and execution of the budgeting function and other accounting-related operations with the airport’s Finance Department. Ms. Deuben previously served as assistant vice president of finance. In her new role she oversees Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Risk Management and Treasury.

“Managing the budget process and all that entails has been critical at MNAA, especially as we navigate the effects of the pandemic,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of MNAA. “Kristen Deuben’s in-depth financial analysis has greatly assisted our efforts to remain a low-cost airport, which allows us to continue attracting greater air service options for business and leisure travelers in Middle Tennessee. I’m very confident that, under her leadership, we will continue to grow for many years to come.”

Ms. Deuben joined MNAA in 2018 and has more than 10 years of accounting and financial management experience in the aviation industry. She previously served as assistant controller for the Wayne County Airport Authority, which operates Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Willow Run Airport and its airport hotel. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Detroit Mercy.

Mr. KC Hampton: Assistant Vice President of Information Technology

KC Hampton was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Information Technology for both his leadership and technical expertise in managing the complex IT needs of the Airport Authority. In this position, Mr. Hampton will manage strategic and day-to-day activities of the IT Department to ensure effective and efficient planning, delivery and security of enterprise systems and technologies for both Nashville International and John C. Tune airports.

“KC Hampton has the proven skills and experience needed at the airport as we embark on a new era of growth and expansion,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of MNAA. “A strong IT department is critical to our needs and his elevation to lead this effort is welcome across the organization.”

Mr. Hampton officially joined MNAA in in 2019. Before joining the team at MNAA, Mr. Hampton worked as an IT professional in the healthcare sector for 22 years. In the early days of his career, he worked as a network system engineer to design and build a nationwide network in support of real-time processing of healthcare claims, lab results and pharmaceutical transactions. In Mr. Hampton’s more recent career, he has managed a diverse set of teams from IT support and operations to large IT planning and engineer teams.

MNAA was established in 1970 and owns and operates Nashville International Airport and John C. Tune Airport.

About Nashville International Airport®

Until the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, BNA® was one of the fastest growing airports in North America, with nearly 18.3 million passengers in 2019. According to a recent study, in 2019 alone, BNA generated more than $8.1 billion in total economic impact, supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars. For more information, visit flynashville.com. Follow us on Facebook: @NashvilleInternationalAirport, Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA® Vision, our expansion and renovation plan for the airport, at BNAVision.com.

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT®, COMMANDER BERRY FIELD®, JOHN C. TUNE AIRPORT®, and JWN®, among others, are the registered trademarks and trademarks of The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (“MNAA”). Use of these trademarks without permission from MNAA is strictly prohibited.

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March 31, 2021

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Airport Authority Adds Top Lawyer, Elevates Key Executive Staff

NASHVILLE – As passenger traffic increases and airport operations expand, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) announces its newest executive team member and additional leadership promotions.

Mr. Neale R. Bedrock: Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Neale R. Bedrock has joined the MNAA leadership team as its new executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer.

Mr. Bedrock brings extensive experience delivering legal, compliance and business solutions on both domestic and international matters—most recently at The Hertz Corporation, where his duties included negotiating agreements with many of the top 100 airports in North America over the past 15 years.

“Hundreds of outstanding attorneys from around the country vied for this position and the opportunity to be a part of Nashville International Airport’s historic growth,” said Candice Reed, executive vice president and partner of Latitude Tennessee, which led the nationwide search to fill the position. “Doug Kreulen [MNAA’s president and CEO] had a clear vision of the skills, judgment and in-house counsel experience needed for this role, and Neale Bedrock stood out among a highly impressive and diverse field of candidates.”

In addition to his work at The Hertz Corporation, Mr. Bedrock has also served as a Municipal Court Judge in the Borough of Waldwick, New Jersey. Previously, he was an attorney at Lowenstein Sandler in New Jersey and served as counsel to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

“Both the Board of Commissioners and I were impressed by Neale’s broad range of legal and regulatory experience. His talents will enhance the Airport Authority’s performance while also ensuring our compliance with local, state and federal requirements” said Doug Kreulen, MNAA president and CEO.

Mr. Bedrock has long been active in the communities in which he worked.  He served nine years as a trustee on the Waldwick Board of Education, including two years as president.  He served 10 years on the board of the Northern Counties Soccer Association, including two years as president, and four years as chairman of the Waldwick Zoning Board and seven years as board attorney.

Mr. Bedrock has a juris doctor degree from Pace University School of Law, New York, and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey.

Ms. Marge Basrai: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Ms. Marge Basrai was promoted to executive vice president for her superior performance as the CFO and for her willingness to take on the additional responsibility of overseeing the commercial development department at MNAA.

“Marge Basrai has demonstrated extraordinary competence and dexterity in managing the often-complex finances at BNA,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of MNAA. “Taking on this expanded portfolio will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of our executive management team.”

Ms. Basrai joined MNAA’s executive team in 2018 as vice president and CFO. As CFO she is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the multi-faceted financial and fiscal management functions of Nashville International and John C. Tune airports, including financial planning and analysis, budgeting and accounting, financial investment, debt management, grant financial administration, insurance and risk management and oversight of rates and charges. In her new role as executive vice president, she will also oversee commercial development for MNAA, which includes land development, properties management, airline affairs, air service development, concessions, parking, ground transportation and brand experience.

Ms. Basrai has 20 years of accounting and financial management experience in the aviation industry and previously served as vice president and controller for the Wayne County Airport Authority, which operates Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Willow Run Airport and its airport hotel.

She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Certified Member (C.M.) of the American Association of Airport Executives. Ms. Basrai earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting and an MBA from Michigan State University.

Ms. Davita Taylor:  Vice President of Procurement and Business Diversity

Ms. Davita Taylor was promoted to vice president of procurement and business diversity for MNAA. In this position she is a member of the executive leadership team charged with overseeing the procurement of all goods and services for the Nashville International Airport®, the John C. Tune Airport® and the MNAA Properties Corporation, as well as leading the Authority’s Office of Business Diversity Development. Under her guidance and leadership, the airport’s expansion and renovation program, known as “BNA® Vision,” is expected to contract for more than $300 million in goods and services with small, minority and woman-owned business enterprises (SMWBEs) by the end of 2023.

“Davita Taylor is an exceptional leader with a great variety of real-world experience, extensive business relationships, and a trusted advisor,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of MNAA. “She has always been a leader at the airport, and we will rely on her even more now to guide our procurement process and outreach efforts into all parts of the community.”

Ms. Taylor joined MNAA in 2008 and has spent most of her professional career in public administration, contracting and the development of the small, minority and woman-owned business community. At the airport, her roles over time have spanned the likes of special assistant, finance officer, manager, director, chief of staff and chief procurement officer.

A Tennessee native and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and Austin Peay State University, Taylor’s influence extends far beyond the airport terminal. She is a Certified Member of American Association of Airport Executives, a certified Master Compliance Administrator, Certified Public Procurement Officer and a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and past president of the Middle Tennessee Public Purchasing Association. Taylor is also involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Rutherford County, Nashville Minority Business Center, Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army (Women’s Auxiliary) and CABLE, among others.

MNAA was established in 1970 and owns and operates Nashville International Airport and John C. Tune Airport.

About Nashville International Airport®
Until the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, BNA® was one of the fastest growing airports in North America, with nearly 18.3 million passengers in 2019. According to a recent study, in 2019 alone, BNA generated more than $8.1 billion in total economic impact, supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars. For more information, visit flynashville.com. Follow us on Facebook: @NashvilleInternationalAirport, Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA® Vision, our growth and expansion plan for the airport, at BNAVision.com.

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT®, COMMANDER BERRY FIELD®, JOHN C. TUNE AIRPORT®, and JWN®, among others, are the registered trademarks and trademarks of The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (“MNAA”). Use of these trademarks without permission from MNAA is strictly prohibited.

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January 15, 2021

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2020: A Year in Review for Nashville International Airport®

Pandemic Slowed Travel, But Progress Made for BNA® Vision, JWN® and Other Areas

*Watch a Year-In-Review video here: https://youtu.be/eJDJClwHlqg

NASHVILLE – With the close of the calendar year, Nashville International Airport took stock of the previous 12 months:  Not surprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impacted air travel, especially in the spring, but BNA® achieved significant milestones in other areas, including an ambitious program for John C. Tune Airport®,  and is poised to lead a robust economic recovery in the months and years ahead.

BNA passenger numbers for 2020 began with the busiest January and February on record, but quickly dropped as the economy slowed and air travel plummeted in mid-March and throughout April. Passenger traffic has steadily increased since then, and for the year some 8,284,570 passengers moved in and out of BNA, down 54.7 percent from 2019, when the airport set its seventh consecutive year of record-breaking growth with 18,273,434. That said, air travel has increased steadily throughout the year, from 62,533 total passengers in April to 729,293 in December.

The pandemic was not the year’s only challenge. John C. Tune Airport, BNA’s reliever airport in west Nashville, was devastated by the March 3, 2020, tornado, with more than 90 aircraft, 17 hangars and other airport infrastructure destroyed in the storm. Thanks to around-the-clock effort, flights were soon restored. Since then, JWN, as it is also known, has started an ambitious transformation: construction began on a new air traffic control tower, a major overall redevelopment plan was approved and a new executive director was named.   

In response to the pandemic itself, the airport reinforced and enhanced its cleaning and sanitizing protocols, launched a public awareness campaign about CDC best practices, began distributing free face coverings, increased the number of hand sanitizer stations and installed plastic shields at airline counters. And more technology advances have been incorporated or are on the way, including touchless elevator panels and germ-killing UV lighting for escalators and HUVC air-handling systems.  “Be Safe. Be Healthy. Be Nashville” emerged as BNA’s message to reassure travelers of the precautions taken at the terminal. 

Meanwhile, staying focused on future needs, progress continued on schedule for _BNA® Vision, _the airport’s $1.4 billion expansion and renovation program designed to meet the region’s projected air travel demand in the years ahead.

The past year also saw the release of BNA’s updated economic impact study that analyzed the airport’s regional effects for 2019, which exceeded $8 billion—a 14 percent increase over 2018 and an increase of 131 percent since a similar 2012 study. Additionally, more than 76,000 area jobs and $3.2 billion in personal income were supported by activity at BNA in 2019. That same activity resulted in $6.8 billion in business revenue and produced more than $464 million of tax dollars for state, local and federal coffers. As pointed out in the study, BNA receives no local tax dollars.

“With challenges come opportunities,” said Doug Kreulen, BNA president and CEO. “I’m enormously proud of how our team responded to the pandemic. From enhancing our cleaning program to adding the latest in sanitizing technology and more, we have focused on keeping our passengers safe and the airport operational. Once COVID wanes, we fully expect BNA to help lead the economic recovery for Middle Tennessee and beyond. “

BNA® Vision and other 2020 milestones:

  • Opened the new Concourse D, adding six gates and a variety of customer amenities and which has also received prestigious LEED Sliver certification
  • Opened expanded ticket wings, each with a new security checkpoint
  • Opened a second, state-of-the art terminal garage and improved Valet Center
  • Announced a Hilton-branded on-airport hotel, scheduled to open in late 2023
  • Began full reconstruction of one of four runways per FAA standards
  • Continued progress on the terminal lobby and international arrivals facility
  • Awarded contract for terminal access roadways major improvement project
  • Launched an updated website (flynashville.com)
  • Launched the BNA Shop, which offers BNA-branded merchandise
  • Announced 31 new airline routes

About Nashville International Airport®
With nearly 18.3 million passengers in 2019, Nashville International Airport has been one of the fastest growing airports in North America. According to a recent study, in 2019 alone, BNA® generated more than $8.1 billion in total economic impact, supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars. For more information, visit flynashville.com. Follow us on Facebook: @NashvilleInternationalAirport, Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA® Vision, our growth and expansion plan for the airport, at BNAVision.com.

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT®, BNA®_, COMMANDER BERRY FIELD®, JOHN C. TUNE AIRPORT®, and JWN®, among others, are the registered trademarks and trademarks of The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (“MNAA”). Use of these trademarks without permission from MNAA is strictly prohibited._

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November 10, 2020

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Airport Authority CFO Named ‘Trailblazer’ in Finance

Marge Basrai Selected as a ‘2020 Trailblazing Woman in Finance’ for the Public Sector by The Bond Buyer for Outstanding Contributions in Finance

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Chief Financial Officer of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA), Marge Basrai, has been selected as one of The Bond Buyer’s “2020 Trailblazing Women in Finance” for her outstanding commitment to public finance and contributions made to the public sector. She is one of just six public sector finance professionals recognized nationwide for the award.

“Marge Basrai is a passionate leader and financial expert of incalculable value to our organization,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of MNAA. “Her expertise in airport financing and the bond market are evident by the strength of both Nashville International Airport® and John C. Tune Airport®. I appreciate her talent and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this recognition. She is, simply, one of the best in her field and I am proud to work with her.”

The Bond Buyer provides news, analysis and data for the entire municipal finance community through its website, e-newsletters and alerts, and a daily print edition.

Ms. Basrai, CPA, CGMA, CM, is a key member of the MNAA executive leadership team and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the multi-faceted financial and fiscal management functions of both Nashville International Airport and John C. Tune Airport. Areas of responsibility include financial planning and analysis, budgeting and accounting, financial investment, debt management, grant financial administration, purchasing, and oversight of rates and charges. Other responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of improved systems, methods and procedures related to MNAA’s financial matters.

Ms. Basrai has 20 years of accounting and financial management service in the aviation industry. Previously, she served as vice president and controller for Wayne County Airport Authority, which operates Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Willow Run Airport and its airport hotel. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Charted Global Management Accountant and a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives. Ms. Basrai holds a BS in accounting and an MBA, both from Michigan State University.

About Nashville International Airport
With nearly 18.3 million passengers in 2019, Nashville International Airport has been one of the fastest growing airports in North America. According to a recent study, in 2019 alone, BNA® generated more than $8.1 billion in total economic impact, supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region, and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars. For more information, visit flynashville.com. Follow us on Facebook: @NashvilleInternationalAirport, Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA® Vision, our growth and expansion plan for the airport, at BNAVision.com.

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September 16, 2020

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December 4, 2019

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Bond Buyer - Nashville Airport

Nashville airport deal launches $3 billion capital program

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November 4, 2019

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Notice of Potential Bond Issuance

NOTICE OF POTENTIAL BOND ISSUANCE
METROPOLITAN NASHVILLE AIRPORT AUTHORITY
October 17, 2019

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (the "Authority") is proposing to issue one or more series of not to exceed $1,000,000,000* in aggregate principal amount of its Subordinate Airport Revenue Bonds (collectively, the "Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds").

If and when issued, the Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds will be the first series of Subordinate Bonds issued under and pursuant to Resolution No. 2019-15 adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Authority (the "Board") on October 16, 2019 (the "Master Subordinate Resolution"), as amended and supplemented from time to time, and particularly as supplemented by that certain First Supplemental Resolution, authorizing the issuance of the Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds, adopted by the Board on October 16, 2019 (the "First Supplemental Resolution," and together with the Master Subordinate Resolution, the "Subordinate Bond Resolution"). Unless otherwise defined herein, capitalized terms used in this Notice shall have the meanings set forth in the Subordinate Bond Resolution.

If and when issued, the Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds will provide funds to, among other things: (a) pay all or a portion of the costs of certain elements of the Authority's capital improvement program at Nashville International Airport (the "Airport"); (b) refinance certain short-term obligations; (c) fund capitalized interest on the Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds; (d) fund a deposit to the Subordinate Bond Reserve Fund to meet the Subordinate Bond Reserve Fund Requirement; and (e) pay certain costs of issuance related to the Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds.

The Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds are currently expected to price during the week of December 2, 2019* through a syndicate led by BofA Securities, Inc., as lead underwriter, and FTN Financial Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Inc., Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C., and UBS Financial Services, Inc. The size, timing, and structure of the potential transaction are subject to market conditions. The Authority reserves the right to change the timing and size of the sale or not issue any or certain of the Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds.

The Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds, if and when issued, will be special limited obligations of the Authority equally and ratably secured by a pledge of and lien on the Net Revenues, subject and subordinate to the pledge of and lien on the Net Revenues created in the Senior Bond Resolution for the payment and security of the Senior Bonds, including the Outstanding Senior Bonds and any other Additional Senior Bonds and are senior to the payment obligations of the Authority under the Note Purchase Agreement as to the pledge of and lien on the Net Revenues.

This Notice does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds nor will there be any sale of Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds by any person in any jurisdiction in which it is unlawful for such person to make an offer, solicitation, or sale. Any such offer or solicitation will only be made pursuant to an official statement that prospective investors should review in its entirety before making any investment decision. No investment decision should be made in reliance upon the information contained in the Notice.

The publication of this Notice does not constitute or imply any representation (a) that the foregoing is material to investors, (b) regarding any other financial, operating or other information about the Authority, the Airport System, which includes the Airport, or the Authority's outstanding bonds or (c) that no other circumstances or events have occurred or that no other information exists concerning the Authority, the Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds, the Airport System, which includes the Airport, the proposed structure of the financing, or the Authority's outstanding bonds which may have a bearing on the financial condition of the Authority, the security for the Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds or the Authority's outstanding bonds, or an investor's decision to buy, sell or hold the Series 2019 Subordinate Bonds or any other bonds of the Authority.
By making this voluntary filing, the Authority does not undertake to make any additional filings not otherwise required by its undertakings in connection with Rule 15c2-12 promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Authority disclaims any obligation to update this filing.

* Preliminary; subject to change.

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