Dierks Bentley is being appointed to the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s board of directors, according to The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry nominated Bentley to serve on the 10-member board to fill the expired term of Rod Essig, a talent agent who co-heads the Nashville office of the Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
“As a leader in the Nashville music industry and as a pilot himself, Dierks brings a unique perspective to the board of the MNAA, having flown into hundreds of airports worldwide,” Barry said in a statement. “He will lend an important voice to the Airport Authority which will be managing the $1.2 billion capital investment in the MNAA facilities, while working to make our airport a true international hub for commerce and tourism.”
“I am honored for the opportunity to serve on the Airport Authority board,” Bentley said. “I love Nashville and I love aviation. There are many big changes happening in our city right now as it continues to grow so rapidly. I am very excited to get a chance to be involved in facilitating and managing that growth as it pertains to our airports and aviation services.”
Bentley will not receive any financial compensation for accepting the volunteer position that is expected to be approved by the Metro Council next month.
Bentley, an Arizona native, moved to Nashville in 1994. Ironically, perhaps, one of his biggest hits is 2014’s “Drunk on a Plane.”