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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. Engelbrecht is the CEO of Evansville, IN based South Central Inc., a family office and holding company with diverse business interests. He is a devoted community champion and supporter of many Evansville organizations. In addition to the Evansville Vanderburgh Airport Authority District, he serves the Evansville community through Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Legatus, and the Evansville Regional Business Committee. J.P. is a Commercial Pilot, founder of the EVV Pilots Club, a certified executive coach, and a Board Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He resides in his beloved hometown of Evansville with his wife and four children.
Rev. Adrian Brooks, Vice President – 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 varied ministries to Evansville and other 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. He 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. A life-long recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Rev. Brook has received 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.
E.O. “Pete” Popham, Jr., Secretary – Board appointment 2007
Pete Popham is President of Popham Construction Co., which formed in 1978. He attended Indiana University, and upon graduation, he was a high school history teacher in the Indiana Public School system. A flying enthusiast, Pete earned his private pilot’s license in 2000, and he has served on the Airport Authority Board of Directors for nearly 15 years. He is a member of the Tri-State Better Business Bureau’s Board of Directors, and in 2013, Pete was honored by the BBB for his more than 20 years of service. Although he maintains an active life outside of work, Pete lists working as one of his many hobbies. Even after more than thirty years in the construction business, Pete continues to find enjoyment in the construction process, meeting clients and working with them to develop their vision for their homes and brings that experience to support the ongoing growth and transformation at Evansville Regional Airport.
Paul Green – Board appointment 2019
Paul Green, recently retired Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 16, worked his way up from Electrical Helper to Inside Journeyman Wireman to Business Manager. He also became a NECA-IBEW Apprenticeship Instructor. While at the IBEW LOCAL #16 he served on numerous National, State, and Local committees and boards, including Airport Authority, Easter Seals and the Evansville Electrical Examining Boards. Paul was instrumental in several regional nonprofit organizations’ renovation projects, which include the old North Park Library for the creation of Holly’s House, the old Sandleben Pharmacy building for Aurora’s offices, and over the last 27 years, he’s assisted in the set-up, maintenance and disassembly of the Easter Seals’ Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights displays. Paul was recently recognized for his leadership in raising funds and soliciting volunteers to purchase and erect the 60’x100’ storage barn that houses the Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights displays during the off-season.
Gina Hermann – Board appointment 2021
Gina Hermann is the Head of Human Resource Compliance for the North America business under Reckitt, where she has worked since 2005. In her role at Reckitt, Gina is responsible for the development and implementation of human resources compliance through the enhancement and creation of human resource policies and programs. She also leads merger and acquisition initiatives. Gina holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s in Business Administration. Outside of her work with the EVAAD, Gina is an active board member of the Evansville Police Foundation. She is a member of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and has previously been involved with the Junior League of Evansville. Gina and her husband live in Evansville with their two children and continue to be active in the community.
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 December 2018, shortly before he assumed his current role as airport director in January 2019. Most recently, Nate oversaw the addition of the airport’s solar-covered parking canopies that provide world-class passenger amenities and support the airport’s sustainability commitment. Passionate about community and regional economic development, Nate currently serves as a Board of Director for Evansville Regional Economic Partnership (E-REP) and has further served the region through his leadership within Evansville Purdue Alumni Club and Young Professionals. Nate serves on Aviation Indiana’s Board of Directors and as Indiana’s state representative for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), where he holds a certified member accreditation.