Baton Rouge Metro Airport Interim Director receives the 2017 President’s Award from the Louisiana Airport Managers and Associates (LAMA)
Ralph Hennessy, Interim Director of Aviation at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR), received the 2017 President’s Award for Leadership, Dedication, and Loyal Service to Aviation in Louisiana at the Louisiana Airport Managers and Associates (LAMA) annual conference this week.

This award recognizes a member of the Association for distinguished service, leadership and dedication to the aviation industry. “ LAMA President’s Award winners exemplify the best in airport management in Louisiana,” said LAMA President Joe Wheeler. “Ralph is respected among his peers for his knowledge, hard work, and involvement in critical State aviation issues for many years.”

In addition to receiving the President’s Award, Hennessy was elected as the new Vice President of LAMA at the 2017 conference. He previously served as President of LAMA from 2007-2008.

Mr. Hennessy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Louisiana Tech University, and has over two decades of airport and aviation management experience. He has been the Assistant Director of Aviation at BTR for 14 years.

The mission of the LAMA organization is to provide a forum for the exchange of aviation management ideas, to ensure the promotion of both aviation and airport interests, to foster the development of educational programs and scholarships to students based in aviation related studies and/or programs within the State of Louisiana, and to provide a strong credible influence with the State legislative body on legislation concerning aviation and airports in Louisiana. LAMA membership represents over 200 members from every part of the state, all related to the aviation industry.   

Cleve Dunn, Jr. assumes BTR Airport Commission Chairman role
Cleve Dunn
Vice Chairman Cleve Dunn, Jr. assumed the position of the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Commission Chairman with the resignation of Chairman Andrew McCandless. Previously, Mr. Dunn served as Vice Chairman of the Airport Commission in 2017.

Dunn is a life-long resident of Baton Rouge. He was raised in North Baton Rouge, graduated from Capitol Senior High School, and attended Southern University and A&M College. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Mr. Dunn is the CEO/President of Dunn Enterprises, which manages a diverse project portfolio including real estate investments, logistics, entertainment, and the arts. Mr. Dunn is business and political consultant, providing expertise and analysis to nonprofit organizations, businesses, entrepreneurs, and political candidates. Dunn has helped to create and expand businesses across Louisiana, and has advised elected officials in both local and state campaigns.

He is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and serves on the board for the Angel's Empowerment Organization and the Baton Rouge Student Learning Center. He also serves on the BREC Golf Advisory Committee. Cleve and his wife Stacy have two daughters.
ARC Baton Rouge Plane Pull at
BTR was Plane Amazing
Great weather and one the best turnouts made for a successful 10 th Annual Plane Pull Fundraiser for ARC Baton Rouge at BTR this past Saturday. Teams of 25 people competed to pull a FedEx 757 jet, weighing 147,000 pounds and estimated at around 189,000 pounds with the fuel on board, for a distance of 12 feet. Net proceeds generated from the event will go to fund therapy and special instruction for intellectually-disabled babies and children 0-3 years old in eight area parishes. The ARC Baton Rouge serves children and adults with intellectual and development disabilities in the Greater Baton Rouge Area.

A total of 23 teams competed, and the ARC Baton Rouge estimates that approximately $40,000 net was raised. Awards were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fastest Pull Time, Slowest Pull Time and Most Spirited Team. ITI Technical College's Team #2 (of four ITI teams) won the competition, pulling the plane its required 12 feet in 6.45 seconds; ITI Team #4 was second in 6.47 seconds; and Sparkhound Foundation's team was third, in 6.68 seconds.

Thanks to the Greater Baton Rouge Area Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 244 pilots for flying their aircraft to BTR for the Plane Pull and displaying them!
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