Museum of Aviation Foundation Selects Perry Chamber CEO as New Executive

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

The Museum of Aviation Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Darlene McLendon as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation.  This comes after current President, Chrissy Miner, notified the board of her intended departure in July.  

“We are sad to see Chrissy leave, but we are very grateful for the tremendous accomplishments during her tenure,” said Jeff Smith, Chairman of the Board of Directors.  “She moved mountains, and the museum is in a much better place thanks to her stellar leadership. We know Darlene has some big shoes to fill, but we are confident that she brings the right skill sets, at the right time to continue our great momentum.” 

McLendon has served as the President & CEO of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce since April, 2014.  Under her leadership, the Chamber’s program of work has expanded; membership has increased; and community events such as the Dogwood Festival and Hot Air Balloon Fest have enjoyed significant growth.  A highlight of her tenure is the purchase, remodel, and relocation of the Chamber into the downtown corridor at 900 Carroll Street.

Dey Palmer, Perry Chamber Board Chair had this to say, “Darlene has done a wonderful job as President/CEO of the Perry Chamber.  She will be sorely missed by the Board, Staff, and Membership.  Under her leadership, our membership, events, and presence in Middle GA have shown strong growth.  The Board hates to see her leave but are glad she will be using her talents and skills at the Museum of Aviation.”  Palmer adds, “The Chamber will begin its search to find a new leader to continue the positive momentum that Darlene started.”  

When asked about her new role, McLendon said, “Chrissy has done a tremendous job leading the Foundation and I am honored to be chosen as her successor.  I look forward to expanding its recognition and support thereof in our area, state, and beyond.  We truly have a national treasure in our community and want to broadcast its brand.  Aviation, patriotism, heritage, and education combine to provide a platform for tourism and community growth.  There really is no limit to what we can grow and do.”

Miner will continue her work with the 21st Century Partnership and has transitioned into a new part-time position with the Georgia Air National Guard.