Montgomery Regional Airport Welcomes New Executive Director
Marshall J. Taggart,
Jr. to become airport executive director on May 15
(Montgomery, Alabama) – The Montgomery Airport Authority is
pleased to announce the selection of Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., C.M. as the
incoming director of the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM). He will assume the top airport leadership
role effective May 15, 2019.
Mr. Taggart comes to the River Region as an accomplished
airport industry leader, with nearly two decades of experience in the aviation
industry. Prior to joining the MGM team,
he served as the Deputy Airport Director of DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK), the
second busiest airport in the state of Georgia. At PDK, his leadership
responsibilities included: operations, security, facilities, maintenance, and
the successful administration of more than $42 million in construction and
airfield projects including, Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS), the
first of its kind implemented in the state.
Taggart’s career success also includes, private industry
experience as the National Director for Airport Business Development for
MediaShift, Inc. He also previously
managed Tallahassee Regional (now International) Airport as its Deputy Aviation
Director where he led efforts to bring in new air service, as well as managed
all commercial development. His aviation background also includes progressive
roles in areas of business development, marketing, planning and real estate,
and concessions management at Chicago Midway (MDW), Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL) International Airports.
He is an engaged contributor and professional member of the
Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), Airport Council International (ACI),
the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the National Forum
for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA).
The Montgomery Airport Authority selected to hire Mr.
Taggart during its April board meeting.
Board Chair Tammy Knight Fleming remarked, “The Board conducted a national search focused on identifying the right
leader to innovate operations and continue recent growth, and we are excited by
the outcome. Mr. Taggart was selected by a diverse committee, made up
representatives from the local and business communities, as well as leaders in
the aviation industry. He brings a wealth of experience to MGM, and
we look forward to supporting his vision for the airport.”
Mr. Taggart responded. “I
am honored and humbled to serve in this position as MGM’s next Executive
Director. I personally believe that an airport is the official calling card to
your city because it gives travelers the first and last impression of what your
city has to offer. Our MGM employee team, along with the MGM Board look forward
to introducing our theme to move the airport to even higher heights by
launching: “Moving MGM Forward – VISION 2025.”
Taggart holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master
of public administration degree from Clark Atlanta University (CAU). He is
currently completing his dissertation for his doctorate in political science
with dual concentrations in Urban and U.S. politics from his alma mater.
Marshall and his wife Sherri, also a CAU alumna, have two adult children.
Airport currently offers flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North
Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW); Orlando/Sanford, Florida (SFB); and Washington,
D.C. (DCA). MGM serves the region with
daily flights by American and Delta and seasonal service by Via. For more information on the airport, visit