HOMETOWN: Trenton, Ky.
FAMILY: Lives in Lexington County with wife, Judy, victim advocate with the Lexington Police Department
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree in public administration from the University of Kentucky
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CAREER: Served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring in 2001 with the rank of colonel; served for 14 years at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., first as director of administration and finance and then as executive director; joined the staff of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport as executive director in May 1998
ACHIEVEMENTS: Grew air service from 27 departures and five nonstop destinations in 1998 to 60 daily departures and 15 nonstop destinations today; grew airlines serving the airport from three to six; managed more than $106 million in improvements to the airport