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ETEC: Patrick Wilson, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
March 29 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Patrick Wilson, A.A.E., is president of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA), which owns
and operates both McGhee Tyson and Downtown Island Airports in Knoxville, TN. In his role, Wilson
leads a team of employees whose primary focus is to provide East Tennessee pilots and travelers with a
safe, convenient and affordable air travel experience. As a leader in aviation for over 25 years, Wilson is
an expert at promoting positive relationships with all airport, airline, government and community
Prior to coming to the MKAA, he served as president of the Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville, TN, where he
developed the unified vision and strategic partnerships needed to plan a 160 acre on-airport aerospace
industry park that resulted in $40 million of site infrastructure. He has initiated and secured funding for
$110 million in capital improvements to modernize and expand facilities at the airport in the airfield,
terminal, general aviation, and air cargo areas.
Wilson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of
Tennessee, Knoxville and earned a Master of Business Administration in Aviation and Aerospace
Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida. Patrick holds the professional
credentials of an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) through the American Association of Airport
Executives. He currently serves as the President of the Tennessee Association of Air Carrier Airports,
and was recently named President of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport
Executives (a professional association representing twelve southeastern states and two US territories).
Tennessee Association of Air Carrier Airports and serves on the University of Tennessee’s Aerospace and Defense Advisory Board. Wilson was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the Tennessee Aviation Funding Task Force from 2015-2016 and he is the president-elect of the AAAE Southeast Chapter, representing 12 southeastern states.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the next President of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority,” said Wilson. “I hope to contribute to and build upon the strong aviation foundation that exists at both McGhee Tyson and Downtown Island Airports by recruiting air service, creating new jobs and investing in the people who work at and visit