By Dennis Seid / NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Businessman Ty Robinson has been nominated to fill the expired term of Dan Kellum on the Tupelo Airport Authority.
Robinson is vice president of agency management for Robinson and Associates, an advertising, marketing and public relations agency in Tupelo.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr., nominated Robinson, citing his experience in marketing and advertising.
“One of the things I looked at were what talents could someone bring as an airport authority member,” Reed said. “One of the most important jobs is marketing the airport and making it the first choice of the flying public here, and he had the talent and professional background we were looking for.”
Vote still required
The City Council must approve Reed’s appointment, with a vote expected at tonight’s meeting. Reed said he was confident that Robinson would be approved.
It would be Reed’s second appointment to the five-member authority, which oversees Tupelo Regional Airport.
Reed appointed banker Fred Cook to the board in March.
The airport and the authority have experienced an eventful year, with the firing of former executive director Terry Anderson, the resignation of former board member Smitty Harris and the departure of Chuck Moffatt, who had been chairman and vice-chairman previously. Kellum’s term expired in March, but the Tupelo dentist agreed to stay until his replacement was named.
“I certainly want to thank Dan for his service and piloting us through a turbulent period,” Reed said.
Robinson said he’s looking forward to joining the authority as soon as possible.
“I’m pleased with what’s happened as far as from an outsider’s perspective looking in,” he said. “I know all the board members. It’s an opportunity to learn from them. I know it’s going to be a bit of a learning curve, but I’m excited about what I can do.”
Robinson joined Robinson and Associates in 1992. A Tupelo native, he attended Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated from Georgia State University in 1991.