Benton and Brown join incumbents Steve Wood, Troy Ball, David Murray, Paul Nelson and Rick Taggart on the airport board.
“The Grand Junction Regional Airport is a very important entity for the continued economic prosperity of the Grand Valley,” Benton said. “Having lived through two significant downturns, one recognizes the importance of developing new business operations, and a key to that will be convenient and competitive transportation in and out of this area.”
Benton is currently the director of Colorado Mesa University’s Maverick Innovation Center and is a former chairman of the Grand Valley Rural Power and Grand Junction Economic Partnership boards.
“I believe that the airport is an essential asset to the long-term growth and economic health of our community and that its full potential has yet to be tapped,” said Brown. “I have incredible confidence in the new airport director and would like to be a part of a board that helps him achieve what he thinks is possible.”
Brown is the owner of Brown House PR & Events and is a former US Army helicopter pilot and strategic planner and development director for the Avalon Cornerstone Project.