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Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Announces Board Appointment and Re-appointments

NASHVILLE ─  The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) today announced the appointment of Dierks Bentley and re-appointments of Bobby Joslin and Trey Harwell to its Board of Commissioners. The three individuals were nominated to the board by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and confirmed by Metro Council at the May 2 council meeting. Bentley fills the board seat previously held by Rod Essig, Music Agent at Creative Artists Agency, whose term expired.

"We are delighted to welcome Dierks Bentley to the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority's Board of Commissioners. As a widely acclaimed country music artist, he brings unique experience and expertise regarding the entertainment industry, tourism and business. And he's a licensed pilot as well," said Rob Wigington, MNAA president and CEO. "Today's council confirmations ensure the continued leadership of Board Chair Bobby Joslin and Board Secretary Trey Harwell." 


Dierks Bentley
Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley joins the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners as Industry/Commerce/Finance representative. His eighth studio album, entitled Black (Capitol Records Nashville), debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard's all-genre Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart. With 13 Grammy nominations, Bentley has been a Grand Ole Opry member for more than a decade and has amassed 15 No. 1 songs. He is also a licensed pilot.


Bobby Joslin – current Chair
Bobby Joslin was appointed to the board in 2009 and serves as a Pilot representative. He was elected chair of the board in 2016. Joslin is the owner and founder of Joslin and Son Signs. He serves on the State Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business and the Tennessee Aviation Task Force. Joslin is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Nashville State Technical Community College Business Management Committee, Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce and Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Joslin attended Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University's George Peabody College.

Aubrey B. Harwell III – current Secretary
Aubrey B. (Trey) Harwell III was appointed to the board in 2013 as the Legal representative by then-Mayor Karl Dean. Harwell was elected secretary of the board in 2016. He joined Neal & Harwell in 1996. His principal areas of practice are civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Harwell is a member of his firm's crisis management team and has also conducted numerous independent investigations on behalf of individual and corporate clients throughout the United States. Harwell is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law and Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in English.

MNAA Board of Commissioners
A 10-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the mayor of Nashville/Davidson County, and confirmed by the Metropolitan Council, governs the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. By statute, the board is composed of three business and finance representatives, two pilot representatives, two neighborhood representatives, one engineering representative, one legal representative, and the mayor.
The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) was established in 1970, and owns and operates Nashville International Airport (BNA) and John C. Tune Airport (JWN). With more than 12.9 million passengers visiting each year, Nashville International Airport is the fourth fastest growing airport among the top 50 airports in North America. BNA serves 440 daily flights to more than 50 nonstop markets. It is now the 33rd busiest airport in the U.S.  MNAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit  Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville.