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The Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority District (EVAAD) is the owner and operator of Evansville Regional Airport and accompanying properties. A five-member Board of Directors, who are appointed to three-year terms by both the Mayor of Evansville and the Vanderburgh County Commissioners, governs the Airport Authority, a separate governmental unit. The Board has ultimate financial and policymaking responsibility for the Airport Authority, and its budget is approved annually by the County Council. Financial statements are audited annually by the State Board of Accounts. Board members serve as volunteers and receive no payment for their time.
In addition to the airport, the authority owns and operates Thunderbolt Pass Golf Course, which has since recently undergone a series of improvements, including improved cart paths and greens, a newly installed irrigation system and new golf carts.
The Airport Authority also leases several properties around the airport of which most are ground leases and include, but are not limited to: Tri-State Aero, the Berry Global Warehouse, Airport Hampton Inn and farming parcels. These other sources of revenue enable the issue of lower rates and charges to the airlines and other tenants, and in total, the mixed use creates more than 500 jobs on airport authority property. According to the Aviation Association of Indiana’s 2012 Survey, the economic Impact of Evansville Regional Airport exceed $900 million annually.
J.P. Engelbrecht, President – Board appointment 2015
J.P. is the CEO of South Central Communications, Inc., a family-owned holding company, making investments in middle market companies. He attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, where he received a degree in Management. In addition to serving as Vice-President of the airport authority board, he is a Director for Evansville Commerce Bank. J.P. previously has served as chair for the International Planned Music Association and Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana. Additionally, J.P. is actively involved in St. Meinrad School of Theology, the Evansville Regional Business Committee and Young Professionals Organization (YPO).
Gretchen Muchnick, Vice President – Board appointment 2016
Gretchen Muchnick serves as the vice president of Marketing at F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors, where she’s worked since 2006, and oversees the company’s marketing and branding efforts, marketing tools for real estate agents and the company’s Information Technology department. Prior to F.C. Tucker, Muchnick began her career with The Proctor & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
E.O. “Pete” Popham, Jr., Secretary – Board appointment 2007
Pete is President of Popham Construction Co., which formed in 1978. He attended Indiana University, and upon graduation, Pete was a high school history teacher in the Indiana Public School system. Additionally, Pete is a private pilot.
Rev. Adrian Brooks – Board appointment 2017
Rev. Brooks has served as the pastor of Memorial Baptist Church since 1993. Under his leadership, the congregation has grown to over 4,500 members, offering more than 50 diverse ministries to Evansville and tristate communities.
Rev. Brooks founded the Memorial Community Development Corp., a 501c3 non-profit organization, which has grown to include a diverse portfolio of expansions, including youth and medical centers and retail and restaurant developments.
Rev. Brooks continues his long history of service on several community and civic boards, including the Better Business Bureau Board of Directors, University of Southern Indiana Business School of Advisors, Southwest Indiana Economic Development Coalition and Board of Governance for the Evansville Promise Zone.
Additionally, he is a life-long recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the 2015 Indiana State Chairman’s Award, Honorary Judge of Daviess Co., Kentucky, Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Evansville NAACP Outstanding Citizen Award, Leadership Evansville’s Leadership Award and Evansville Rotary Civic Award.
Paul Green – Board appointment 2019
Paul Green currently serves as Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 16, where he oversees the labor needs of signatory contractors, health insurance and pension benefits, negotiation and administration of multiple working agreements, political affairs, community service projects and financial records of the Local Union. Paul also serves as Vice-President of the Southwestern Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council, and he serves on several local and regional Boards of Directors, including the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)-IBEW Welfare Trust Fund (Board Chair), Easterseals, Aurora and Indiana Regional Labor Council. Paul completed the five-year NECA-IBEW Evansville Electrical Apprenticeship program in 1994, and he is currently licensed as a journeyman wireman.
Nate Hahn, Treasurer – Executive Director 2019
Nate Hahn, Executive Director of Evansville Regional Airport, is a graduate of Purdue University’s top-rated national aviation program and a native of Indiana. Nate started his aviation career in Midland, TX, in 2005, prior to joining Evansville Regional Airport as director of operations and maintenance in 2011. During Nate’s tenure as EVV’s ops director, he was recognized for his leadership in the airport’s runway relocation project, which was completed safely, under budget and one-year ahead of the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) deadline. Nate was a driving force in EVV’s terminal modernization project that concluded this past December, and effective Jan. 1, 2019, he assumed his current role as airport director. Passionate about community and regional economic development, Nate currently serves as a Board of Director for the Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville and Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He has further served the region through his executive board leadership at TEDxEvansville and the Purdue Alumni Club of Evansville, as well as through his involvement in Leadership Evansville’s “VOICE” and as the Young Professionals’ conference chairperson. Nate also serves as Indiana’s state representative for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), where he holds a certified member accreditation.