Division Directors

Carl Newman PortraitCarl D. Newman, A.A.E. Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Newman joined the Airport Authority in January 2015, and is responsible for the day to day management of both Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) and Hawkins Field (HKS). Mr. Newman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Prior to his position at JAN, Mr. Newman was the general manager for the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). His duties and responsibilities include the daily operations of Houston’s largest airport, and the development and implementation of policies and procedures. In addition, Mr. Newman also managed the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the budget and expenditures for IAH, among other duties.

Prior to his position at IAH, Mr. Newman served as assistant aviation director at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Mr. Newman brings more than 30 years of aviation experience to Jackson and has held various leadership positions including Deputy Aviation Director, Facilities Superintendent, and Airside Operations Manager.

Mr. Newman is a board member for American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and currently serves as the Second Vice Chair of the organization. He is the immediate Past Chair of the Operations, Planning and Safety Subcommittee for AAAE and served as the Second Vice President of the Southwest Chapter of AAAE. He also served on the board for the Central Arizona Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

Mr. Newman currently resides in Jackson with his wife Jeanette, and is the father of three daughters and one son.

Phone: 601.939.5631 , ext. 500

Bonnie A. Wilson, CM, Chief Administrative Officer
Employed since 2001, Ms. Wilson directs the day to day operational, administrative and support activities of the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field. She is a graduate of the University of Houston and a member of the Airports Council International – North America, and the American Association of Airport Executives.

Phone: 601.939.5631 , ext. 502


ComingSoonArnetrius Branson, Chief Financial Officer
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Phone: 601.939.5631, ext. 526



ComingSoonPerry J. Miller, M.S., A.A.E., I.A.P., Chief Operating Officer
Perry is an airport executive who has distinguished himself by completing years of training to become an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP). After graduation from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Airway Science and Master of Science degree in Transportation Planning and Management, Perry spent the next 20+ years working with the Houston Airport System. Perry has served in a myriad of airport arenas, including airport operations, maintenance, properties management and business development. In the intervening years since his undergraduate internship, Perry has served in the capacity of Airport Manager of Ellington Airport, (EFD) William P. Hobby, (HOU) Interim Airport Manager of George Bush Intercontinental, (IAH) and is a ranking member of the Houston Airport System Management Team. In his position as General Manager at HOU, he commands a team of hundreds that must anticipate and juggle the needs of passengers, pilots, flight attendants, visitors and personnel, associated with the domestic air carriers that operate from HOU. Perry also serves as an Adjunct Professor of the Aviation Science and Technology Department at his alma mater. Perry J. Miller, M.S., A.A.E., I.A.P. is originally from Chicago, Illinois, but, has been in Houston long enough to genuinely address a group – using the Texas – y’all. He is a passionate student of all things airport related, who has spent his life building powerful leadership skills, while balancing strong family bonds with his wife Tanya and four sons: Shane, Nekoda, Jachin, and Jahleel.

Phone: 601.939.5631, ext. 505


ComingSoonJean Frazier, Director of Business Development, Marketing & Communications
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Phone: 601.939.5631, ext. 547



ComingSoonMeenakshi Nieto, Director of Capital Programming
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Phone: 601.939.5631, ext. 536



JackThomasJack Thomas, Director of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) & Community Development
Employed since 2008, Mr. Thomas is responsible for managing and overseeing the disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) and community development program. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and possesses over twenty-eight years of DBE and community development experience.

Phone: 601.939.5631, ext. 518


ComingSoonRenee Antoine, Director of Human Resources & Administration
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Phone: 601.939.5631, ext. 546



Terry Miller, Airport Police Chief

Employed since 2002, Chief Miller is responsible for providing law enforcement and public safety support to day to day operations for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field. Chief Miller possesses 12 years of military service and 18 years of law enforcement experience. Chief Miller is a State Certified Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Firearms Instructor. Chief Miller is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police, and Airport Law Enforcement Agencies Network.

Phone: 601.939.5631, ext. 248

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