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MAA Announces Selection of Director of Real Estate and Economic Development

After conducting a nationwide search the Mobile Airport Authority (MAA) has chosen Michelle Melton J.D.  as the Director of Real Estate and Economic Development. Ms. Melton started her position on July 11, 2016. 

Michelle is responsible for the execution of the Mobile Airport Authority’s real estate development strategy and contributing to the Authority’s aggressive global economic development strategy.  She will manage the day to day operations of the real estate portfolio and will lead the charge on existing industry development.   

Michelle has a law degree and has focused her career in real estate and economic development.  Her specialties include complex commercial lease negotiations and government relations.  Previously, she worked the MidAtlantic coast market for CBRE Richard Ellis.  Michelle’s background includes work for The Trust for Public Land, working environmental land issues and transactions.   She also served as a registered lobbyist in multiple states. At MAA she will lead the implementation of several sustainability initiatives on campus.  Michelle also taught Real Estate Law at Chattanooga State Community College.

“I am very excited to become part of the esteemed Mobile Airport Authority staff and management team” said Michelle Melton. “The Mobile area is experiencing tremendous positive growth and I feel very fortunate to be able to contribute to this as the Director of Real Estate and Economic Development.”

“We are very excited to have Michelle join our team, she brings an abundance of positive energy and a wealth of commercial and industrial real estate experience.  Her passion to lead our continuous improvement efforts in real estate, economic development, and environmental practices will pay great dividends as we continue our efforts to serve this community as an economic development job creating engine” stated Roger Wehner, Executive Director of the Mobile Airport Authority.

Currently, the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley is home to a growing aerospace community.  The Aeroplex’s strategic location, abundant logistical advantages, and marquis aerospace companies such as Airbus, VT MAE and Continental Motors make it a highly desired solution for national and international aerospace suppliers.   

For more information please contact Roger Wehner, Executive Director or Janis Pearman, Chief of Staff at 251 438-7334 or

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