New Hanover County Airport Authority Welcomes New Member, Elects Officers

At the July 7th Airport Authority meeting, the New Hanover County Airport Authority was pleased to welcome Mr. Jason Thompson to the board. Thompson was appointed to the Airport Authority Board by the New Hanover County Commissioners on June 22, 2021 and will serve a four-year term through June 30, 2025.  Jason Thompson has been a resident of New Hanover County since 1996 and is the owner of American Property Experts, a recycling and biomass fuel production company.  New Hanover County Commissioners also re-appointed Mr. Lee Williams to the Airport Authority.  Williams was re-appointed June 22, 2021 and will serve his second four-year term through June 30, 2025.  Lee Williams has resided in New Hanover County for twenty-nine years. Mr. Williams is the Vice Chairman of Live Oak Bank and one of the original founders of the bank. Harry Stovall completed his term with the Airport Authority and the Authority recognized him for his service. 

The New Hanover County Airport Authority also elected officers. Donna Girardot was re-elected Airport Authority Chairman, Spruill Thompson was elected Vice-Chairman, and Nick Rhodes, Jr. was elected Secretary.  Officers are elected for a one-year term.  This is Girardot’s fourth consecutive term as Chairman of the Authority.

“I am honored to Chair the Airport Authority for this fourth term,” stated Donna Girardot, Chairman. “ILM is strongly rebounding from the pandemic, with significant increases in passenger numbers, and our $60 million terminal expansion is currently ahead of schedule and progressing. On behalf of the Airport Authority, we look forward to welcoming back travelers and contributing to the economic growth of our community.”

Review the list of current New Hanover County Airport Authority Board Members.

Media Contact:                                                                                                
Gary Broughton, C.M.
Interim Airport Director


About the Wilmington International Airport: The Wilmington International Airport serves southeastern North Carolina with commercial air service on American Airlines, Delta, and United.  In 2019, ILM welcomed 1,075,963 passengers annually. ILM services numerous non-stop destinations; allowing for convenient domestic and international travel. The Wilmington International Airport is the fifth largest airport in North Carolina. The NCDOT Division of Aviation’s 2020 report estimated ILM’s economic impact at $2.25 billion and 16,385 jobs.  For more information on ILM, please visit