Jack Sammons Elected Chairman of Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board
Airport Commissioner Jack Sammons was voted the new Chairman of the Airport's Board of Commissioners by acclamation of his fellow board members at the board meeting on January 17.
Sammons is the newest member of the Board, having been appointed in 2010. His special committee assignments include Government Affairs, General Aviation & Ground Transportation, and chair of Planning & Development.
Sammons knows the Memphis airport and the travel industry well as a "road warrior" who logged nearly 200,000 miles in air travel last year. Sammons becomes only the fourth chairman ever of the Airport Authority, following the first chairman Ned Cook, Jim McGehee and Arnold Perl, who retired in December after serving as a member since 1983 and chairman since 1996. In January, the Authority also established a five-year term limit for the chairman position. Sammons will serve out the remainder of Perl's term which lasts through 2016, and be eligible to run for an additional term at that time.
He brings to the chairmanship a contagious optimism about the future of Memphis International Airport and combines that with an eager commitment to be customer-driven in all efforts and unrelenting in the pursuit of competitive air service. Sammons said he is forward-focused and recognizes the awesome challenges faced by the airport in the midst of the aviation industry's transformation. His goal is to make Memphis International the "airport of choice" for the flying public in our region.
Sammons is President of Ampro Industries, Inc., the nation's most successful ethnic hair gel manufacturing company, and serves as the national President of the Ethnic Product Manufacturers Association. A serial entrepreneur, in addition to his duties in the hair care industry, Jack is the sole General Partner of Sammons Company L.P., a Memphis-based employee benefits firm focused exclusively on marketing voluntary benefits.
Long active in community affairs in his hometown of Memphis, in addition to chairing the Airport Authority, Sammons is currently the General Chairman of Youth Programs Inc., the governing body of the FedEx St. Jude Classic – one of the longest running events on the PGA Tour. A former elected official, he served four terms as a Memphis City Councilman and was appointed Interim Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Memphis for Mayors Lowery and Wharton. In 2008, then Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen appointed Sammons to the Tennessee Athletic Commission and he was elected as the first chairman.
Media coverage of the Sammons election can be found on the Airport website news section: http://www.memphisairport.org/news