After long and distinguished tenures serving as volunteer Board of Commissioner members for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, John Stokes and Ruby Wharton are stepping down from the board. Stokes resigned in January and Wharton will complete her service on February 28.
“We are very grateful for their dedicated and loyal service to this Board, our stakeholders, and the community these many years,” said airport President and CEO, Scott Brockman. “Providing strategic direction for such a vital part of our community as Memphis International is an important role, and each of these individuals filled it well. They will be missed.”
John Stokes, a noted financial adviser, began his volunteer service on the Airport’s Board in 2004. He served as Chairman of the Finance Committee which recommends strategies and policies related to the airport’s finances, oversight of the annual operating budget, investment of funds, capital financing plans and the selection of financial consultants, investment bankers, bond counsel, auditors and other financial advisors. His other assignments included the Planning and Development Committee and the Air Service Development Committee.
Ruby Wharton, a widely recognized attorney was appointed to the Airport’s Board in 1994. For the past two decades she has used her extensive legal experience in diverse areas to provide expert guidance and opinion on the business matters of the Airport. She served as Chair of the Concessions Committee and was also on the Business Diversity Committee and the Planning and Development Committee. Wharton has been a stalwart advocate and dedicated leader for the inclusion of more disadvantaged, minority and women-own businesses and individuals in airport contracts and employment opportunities. Her tireless efforts helped Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority to be recognized as a model for minority inclusion among our nation’s airports. In 2009, she was inducted into the national Airport Minority Advisory Council’s Hall of Fame for her profound contributions in this area.