INNOVATION: Inside and Out – Podcast Episode 8: CEO Danette Bewley, TUCSON AIRPORT AUTHORITY – OOROO Auto
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December 19, 2022

Inside and Out
Podcast Episode 8
President/CEO Danette Bewley

Our eighth episode of “INNOVATION: Inside and Out,” is now available for listening!

Jeff hosts Danette Bewley, President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority. A fascinating discussion of how airports and airlines have to think about travelers and all sorts of logistics we would never dream of.

Here’s a bit more about our guest:

Danette is from San Diego, CA, where her passion for aviation began. Her father was a decorated Navy fighter pilot, stationed at NAS Miramar, and later became a commercial airline pilot. This upbringing fueled her interest to pursue an aviation-related career path. Her airport management career began in 1989 and has spanned 33 years. 

Airport Experience: 

Between 1989 and 2003, she worked at the Port of San Diego and San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (when it became a separate government agency in 2002), operator of San Diego International Airport, in a variety of progressively responsible positions, including airport noise and community relations, terminal operations, tenant relations, marketing and air service development. 

Between 2003 and 2006, she was the Director of Jacksonville International Airport for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, operator of Jacksonville International Airport, Herlong Airport, Cecil Field Airport and Jacksonville Executive Airport at Craig Field. In this capacity, she managed the day-to-day operations of airside, landside and terminal operations, airport security, and maintenance departments for the airport. 

Between 2006 and 2011, she worked for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, operator of Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Reno Stead Airport, where she managed large capital programs for several years, followed by a leadership position in the business, commercial and economic development department. 

In 2012, she joined the Tucson Airport Authority, operator of Tucson International Airport and Ryan Airfield. She served in multiple roles, including Director of Operations, Senior Director of Operations and Maintenance, Vice President of Operations and Projects/COO, and Vice President of Operations/COO, and Interim President/CEO. She became the President/CEO in 2019.

AND if you want to hear more about Tucson’s best businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profits, how they started, and how they’ve created unique cultures, continue tuning in to “INNOVATION: Inside and Out” on Spotify, Apple music or the podcast channel of your choice.

Thank you to Mark Bishop, founder of Mark Bishop Media, for helping to share our story at OOROO Auto….AND for producing our new podcast!