Director of Community Affairs and Customer Service, Metropolitan Nashville
Airport Authority - Arts at the Airport Foundation
Cathy Holland has over 30 years of experience in economic and community development management. She serves as the director of Community Affairs and Customer Service for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, which she joined in 2000. In this position, she serves as the Authority’s liaison to various governmental and civic organizations located in the Nashville region, manages the Flying Aces volunteer program, oversees the Arts at the Airport program including both the visual arts and the live music performances, the Airport Information Center and works with Authority staff and airport tenants in the development and implementation of world-class customer service programs.
From 1997-1999, under Phil Bredesen’s tenure as Nashville mayor, Holland served as the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. While in this position, Holland oversaw highly recognized and effective programs for assisting businesses and recruitment of new industry. Her office worked with the Mayor to develop incentive / action plans that helped land corporate expansion and/or relocations including Beck/Arnley Worldparts, Inc.; Fleming Foods; SPRINT; Feintool of Tennessee and Dell Computer Corp.
In 1995, Governor Don Sunquist promoted Holland as the marketing director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the first female to serve in this position. She was responsible for all functions involved in managing the statewide effort to recruit new business opportunities. Major projects, which she managed, included: Birmingham Steel; Federal Express Corporate Complex; John Deere Company; Kroger Distribution Center/Southeast; PBR Automotive and Quebecor Corporate Headquarters Consolidation & Corporate Training Center.
Since moving to Nashville in 1995, she has become active in various community activities, including the downtown Kiwanis Club of Nashville, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Partnership 2020 Program, Donelson/Hermitage Chamber of Commerce. She is serving a three-year term on the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is also a board member of the Japan American Society of Tennessee and a member of the executive committee. In 2003, Governor Phil Bredesen appointed her to the Board of the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Development, where she has served for eight years and has been reappointed by Governor Bill Haslem. Holland is also actively involved as a board member for the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association. She is a 2004 graduate of the Leadership Donelson/Hermitage Program. In 2011, Holland was named as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence – Community Support Category.
Holland is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a bachelor’s degree in Management. Her husband, Steve, is a Senior Electrical Construction Project Manager.