Thomas Jewsbury

Airport Director
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

Thomas Jewsbury has over 28 years of airport management experience and began his professional career in 1990 at the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wisconsin as an Airport Operations Supervisor. In 1994, he began his tenure with the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE). During his 24 year tenure at PIE, Tom has received several promotions and has held the position of Airport Director since 2015, where he currently manages one of the fastest growing small-hub commercial service airports in the nation that serves over 2 million passengers annually. Since becoming Airport Director, PIE has experienced a 64% increase in passenger traffic, added nineteen new nonstop domestic cities and seen annual operating profits significantly soar year over year.

Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors for Airports Council International - North America and a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives. He is a past-President of the Florida Airports Council, chaired both the Regional and Statewide steering committees for the Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process (CFASPP) that serves to advise FDOT and FAA of critical aviation issues. In addition, Tom served as Chair of the Secure Airports for Florida’s Economy (SAFE) Council that was established by the state legislature, following the events of 9/11, to focus on efforts to enhance the safety and security of airport passenger and cargo facilities.

He is past-Board member on the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Board for the Distinguished Tony Jannus Society. In 2015, the Tampa Bay Times recognized him as one of the top business people to watch. In 2016, Tom was named in the top “Power 100” of Tampa Bay’s most influential business leaders of 2016 and bestowed the “Aviation Leadership of the Year” award by the Florida Airports Council for demonstrating outstanding service and contribution to the Florida aviation/airport community.
Tom is a 1989 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Administration.

Session: Airport Regulatory Forum