Airport Commissioners - Columbus Airport Commission

Airport Commissioners

The Airport Commission was created by the state legislature, to oversee the development of the airport and its facilities. The Commission is composed of five (5) members, appointed by the City Council. The Commission Board host monthly commission meetings on the fourth Wednesday of every month and are open to the public. The monthly commission meeting minutes can be found on our website and at the Columbus Consolidated Government Center.


As Director of the Integration Management Office, Art is responsible for the integration of newly acquired businesses. His team is responsible for ensuring the new businesses are supported, integrated and governed consistent with overall business strategy. They are also responsible for partnering with the new businesses to ensure they are operationally ready to support their anticipated growth.

Prior to taking the leadership role of the Integration Management Office, Art served as Director of Global Finance & Transformation. In that role, he was responsible for creating a continuous improvement program in the financial division and for driving a number of global efficiency and improvement projects where significant efficiency gains were realized across most Financial departments and Financial Planning and Analysis.

Prior to joining Aflac, Art served most recently as senior manager at Clarkston Consulting where he was responsible for leading global, large-scale ERP system and process transformations. He was also responsible for many client relationships and delivering on their key strategic initiatives.

Living in Columbus, Art and his wife, Amie, are active in the community. Art serves on the advisory board of the Better Business Bureau serving the Fall Line Corridor, Inc. and is an appointed commissioner for the Columbus Airport Commission. Amie serves as treasurer of the board for Girls, Inc. Art also enjoys volunteering his time in youth sports and is currently a volunteer coach for American Baseball, Columbus Youth Basketball and Porter Youth Sports (Basketball).

Art received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Auburn University.

As Executive Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Dannell is responsible for executive oversight of two client-dedicated divisions that manage the day-to-day operations of TSYS’ two largest clients. Her teams provide a full suite of services to these clients, including project delivery, service delivery, consulting and innovation.

Dannell is also responsible for managing the company’s Implementation Services division, which is responsible for the onboarding of new clients onto TSYS platforms and existing clients into new product portfolios. Between the Implementation Services division, and the two client-dedicated divisions, she is responsible for delivering $275 million in revenue annually, as well as on-boarding 75 million new accounts on file for TSYS over the next two years.

A 25-year TSYS veteran, Dannell has held numerous leadership positions and has extensive experience in client relationships — including experience with each of the company’s three largest clients — and program management. She also has hands-on experience with bringing new clients onto TSYS platforms, having worked on each of the four largest implementations in company history — including managing the conversion of TSYS’ first-ever international client.

Dannell is a graduate of Auburn University, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. She is a Sustainer member of the Columbus Junior League, co-chair of the Arts Alliance for Brookstone School, a graduate of Leadership Columbus, and an appointed commissioner for the Columbus Airport Commission.

Carl is a Columbus native and was educated in its public schools. Carl obtained his B.B.A in Finance from the University of Georgia in 2008 and his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2011. Carl practices law in Columbus with Hall, Booth & Smith, P.C.

  • State Bar of Georgia – Real Property Law Section, Business Law Section
  • Columbus Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Columbus High School Alumni Association
  • Board of Trustees: First Baptist Church of Columbus

James Barker has been a professional pilot at the Columbus Airport since 2005 and in aviation since 1998. He has been a member of the Columbus and Muscogee County area since 2005. In Columbus, James worked as a flight instructor at CSG Aviation, then as a captain for the Bill Heard Family, Carl Gregory Enterprises, and currently with Synovus and TSYS.

In 2018, James became a member of the Columbus Airport Commission, holding multiple positions including Chairman, as well as the liaison between the general aviation community and the commission.

James received his B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University in Aerospace in 2004. He is a member of the Georgia Business Aviation Association, National Business Aviation Association, and Women in Aviation.

James and his family attend Saint Luke United Methodist Church and are active with their Homeless outreach program First Saturday and Disaster relief team. He and his family have also volunteered their time at Animal Ark Rescue. James has also served his community through his participation with the Civil Air Patrol as a Mission Pilot.

In his free time, James enjoys snow skiing, hiking, fly fishing, and watching his son play sports.

Delois hails from Birmingham, AL. In 2013, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Tuskegee University. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix in 2018. With an early passion for the military, Delois attained the rank of Cadet Brigade Commander over Birmingham City High Schools. Continuing her military service, Ms. Carr is currently a Captain in the United States Army where she serves as an Intelligence Officer.

With a life dedicated to serving the community, Ms. Carr is the President for the Board of Directors for The Liberty Theatre and Cultural Center in Columbus, GA. After completing her Active-Duty military obligations, Delois entered the Real Estate industry in the 2017. In her 5 years of Real Estate career, Ms. Carr has attained the license of Associate Broker with CENTURY 21 Premier Real Estate and is the Founder and Team Leader for Radiant Real Estate Group. Delois is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.