Memphis International Airport Notes

December 2011

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Larry Cox Named Chairman of the Board of the Greater Memphis Chamber

By unanimous vote of his fellow directors, Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis – Shelby County Airport Authority, has been elected Chairman of the Board for the Greater Memphis Chamber, assuming the position on January 1, 2012.

“Larry has represented Memphis all over the world and is one of the most respected businessmen in aviation and business development. He has served with distinction on our board for several years, and we anticipate great growth under his leadership,” said John W. Moore, President and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber. “He has an undeniable vision for excellence and we are fortunate as a chamber, and as a community, that he has stepped forward to lead.”

In electing Cox, the Chamber leadership highlighted the respect he commands in international aviation and his role at the forefront of Memphis’ transformation into America’s Aerotropolis through a comprehensive community-wide economic development initiative and service on the Aerotropolis Steering Committee. Cox has served as President and CEO of Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority for 26 of his 39 years at Memphis International Airport.

Photo credit: Kuzniewski Productions

Memphis Featured in December Issue of Delta Sky Magazine

The December issue of Delta Sky Magazine features a 37-page special profile section on Memphis. With an average magazine readership in excess of 5 million travelers and online visitors, the magazine presents a tremendous opportunity for business professionals and leisure travelers to learn more about the Memphis community.

The profile looks at all aspects of Memphis as a place to live, work and visit, including in-depth sections on our entrepreneurial history, our medical and bioscience leadership, our institutions of higher education, our entertainment and food, our art and music, our culture of giving, and our international leadership in distribution, logistics and aviation. It is no surprise that America’s Aerotropolis and Memphis International Airport are featured prominently in the profile and recognized for their role in many of the city’s successful cultural and economic endeavors.

If you are not traveling this holiday season, you can view the special profile of Memphis at the Delta Sky homepage or directly here.

Old Tower at Memphis International Being Dismantled

Structural demolition of the old tower (186 feet tall) at Memphis International Airport, which was constructed in 1977, began earlier this month with removal of the cab, a structure that weighs between 24,000 and 26,000 pounds.

How can something so tall and so heavy be safely and efficiently dismantled? The secret begins with removal of the central concrete support shaft and the use of a diamond wire saw from inside the shaft. Five-foot sections are cut and then lowered to the ground. These saws have been used to cut reinforced concrete during demolition work for several decades. The saw features a steel cable threaded through steel beads to which diamonds have been bonded. This method creates little dust, noise, or vibration, and can cut through almost any material because of the hardness of the diamond abrasive. more

Moe's opens

The popular "Welcome to Moe's!" greeting and pop-culture inspired menu and atmosphere can now be found in Terminal C near Gate 14 at Memphis International Airport. Founded in 2000 in Atlanta, Ga., Moe's Southwest Grill is a fun and engaging fast-casual restaurant serving a wide variety of fresh, made-to-order Southwest fare. While Moe's is best known for its burritos packed with a choice of more than 20 fresh, flavorful ingredients, the menu also features kid's, vegetarian and low-calorie options. And all meals, except breakfast, are served with free chips and salsa.

Moe’s replaces Einstein Bagels which had previously occupied that spot.

Airport’s Chairman Emeritus Named
2011 Outstanding Philanthropist

James E. McGehee, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of the Airport Authority Board of Commissioners, was named 2011 Outstanding Philanthropist by the Memphis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

He was honored for this distinction at the recent National Philanthropy Day Crystal Awards luncheon to recognize the great contributions of those active in the philanthropic community to the enrichment of our world. Setting aside a special day for this provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. It reminds us that the spirit of giving is alive and well. McGehee was selected because of his record of exceptional generosity and commitment to philanthropy shown through his direct financial support throughout our community.

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