Robert E. Martin
As a resident of Jackson, MS and graduate of Alcorn State University, Commissioner Martin is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of the RedTail Aviation Group, which is a privately held aviation consulting company that provides aviation and aviation-related business development and strategies to assist in managing supporting activities.
His extensive preparation for the JMAA Board of Commissioners stems from his long-term aviation experience such as being First Officer Part 121 in 2001 until 2016 for Mesa Airlines.
In 2002, Commissioner Martin was a part of the 71st Flying Training Wing providing basic Special Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) for the Military T-1 Jayhawk tanker and transport aircrew training. His extensive background also includes his tenure as the Vice President for City Skies Airways from 2007 until 2010 where he was responsible for corporate strategy and engineering functions.
Announced in January of 2019, Commissioner Martin became the newest commissioner to join the round table of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. His interest in serving on the Board stems from his devotion to assisting the community.
“Influence un-used, is better not to have. It has to be about the community. I started out at Hawkins [Field Airport] over 20 plus years ago. I’ve held numerous aviation positions in numerous areas as well as owning an aviation consulting business. Having that background ties into the day-to-day operations of what we are trying to do. Also, I have spent a considerable amount of time in the hospitality industry.”
Commissioner Martin’s hospitality experience dates back to 1990 at the Atlanta Hilton & Tower as the Security Director and Sales Manager. In 2016 he continued his customer service excellence at the Courtyard by Marriott here in Jackson, MS.
“I think we have to focus on how JMAA supports and benefits the local community. We have the air guard and I was in the air guard at one time and understand the process of how fragmented a family can be when their loved one is deployed. So I understand that. As far as Hawkins, what we want to develop is some sort of training symposium for mechanics and even piloting. We have to attract and build from the inside out. One of the toughest things about attracting business is the education.”
Now that Commissioner Martin is on the JMAA Board he hopes that his service is duly to change lives and the quality of life.
One of 15 children, Commissioner Martin was driven by determination to succeed. He is a member of Mississippi Southern First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ, where he is an Associate Minister working directly with the church Bishop.
Upon joining the JMAA Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Martin ultimately hopes to utilize his leadership, project management and administrative skills to benefit the mutual growth and success of both the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field Airport.