LEXINGTON, Ky. – Garyen Denning has been appointed to serve as 2022 chair of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board, the governing body for the Blue Grass Airport. Daniel Mason has been appointed as vice chair and treasurer, and Brian Wells has been appointed as secretary.
Denning is a managing partner of Lexington-based CRM Companies, a real estate services firm. He manages the restaurant division and oversees all operations of the company’s MOD Pizza franchises, including managing employees and overseeing the company’s real estate strategy for new growth. He also works with public-private partnership projects to provide financing structures and construction oversight.
Denning is on the advisory committee for BGCF365, a non-profit organization focused on connecting aspiring philanthropic and civic leaders in our community. He co-founded the Lexington Police Foundation, which raises funds to assist the Lexington Police Department officers and staff. Denning was appointed to the airport board in 2016 and served as vice chair in 2020 and 2021.
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board’s 10 volunteer members are appointed by the mayor of Lexington and confirmed by the Urban County Council. Other members of the Blue Grass Airport board include: Ronnie Bastin, Shirie Hawkins, Buckner Hinkle, Tonya Jackson, Marc Mathews, Richard Moloney and Don Mosier.
On Oct. 13, 1946, Kentuckians saw the first commercial aircraft serve the region via a Delta Air Lines flight on a 21-passenger Douglas DC-3. Enroute to Cincinnati, this first flight from Blue Grass Airport was quickly followed by an Eastern Air Lines flight several hours later. Since that day, Blue Grass Airport has been offering service to and from Lexington, providing access to destinations worldwide.
Today, Blue Grass Airport is celebrating 75 years of commercial air service with non-stop and connecting flights to hundreds of destinations worldwide. It serves as many as 1.4 million passengers annually, connecting Kentucky and the world, and supporting the region with approximately 3,475 jobs and a total economic output exceeding $370 million.
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