RAUL L REGALADO, C.A.E.
Raul Regalado has over 40 years of senior level experience in civil aviation, with over 9 years in the private sector and over 31 years in the public sector. He has held executive management positions at an international parking company, and at small, medium and large hub airports. Raul is a certified Facilitator and Coach and a Certified Airport Executive (CAE), and has co-authored two management publications: Managing Airports in Transition and Airport as Employer, and a series of articles on automobile parking systems. Raul currently is the principal consultant for Raul Regalado & Associates, assisting small and medium sized businesses in strategic planning, organization reviews, organizational and leadership development, continuous improvement, succession and transition planning, executive coaching, and business development. He is also involved in micro-financing programs for micro-entrepreneurs in Latin America.
He retired as the President & CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority where he served from April 2001 through June 2012. In this position, he directed the overall planning, development and operation of Nashville International and John C. Tune airports. His primary emphasis was on organizational and leadership development, strategic planning, vision casting, facility development, business and air service development, succession planning, and continuous improvement, including LEAN Six Sigma and the Malcolm Baldrige standards. Raul led his team and organization to receive the 2012 Excellence Award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.
Prior to joining the Nashville Airport Authority, Raul served as president of his own consulting firm, providing services to the aviation, airport, parking, and travel industries, specializing in airport management, airport parking, and privatizations of domestic and international airports. Previously, he was the Market President for APCOA, an international parking company.
Raul has served as the Deputy Director of Aviation for the City of Houston, Texas, with COO responsibilities for George Bush Intercontinental-Houston Airport, William P. Hobby Airport, Ellington Field and the Houston Central Business District Heliport. Previously, Raul was director of aviation for the San Jose International Airport. He has served as Airports Manager for John Wayne - Orange County Airport; and Airports Manager for the City of Fresno, where he was responsible for the City’s two airports. He started his airport career in 1972 as Airport Manager for the Klamath Falls Municipal Airport in Oregon.
He retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve after serving 29 years in various active duty, Reserve, and National Guard senior leadership positions, where he has received numerous awards including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal for Valor, 49 Air Medals for combat flights, and 3 Army Commendation Medals having spent two combat tours of duty in Vietnam. He holds an instrument and commercial pilot certificate for single and multi-engine airplanes, helicopters, seaplanes, and gliders; owns his own airplane, which he flies for business and pleasure; and has logged almost 4,000 hours of flight time. He is a member of AOPA, the Seaplane Pilot’s Association, the Soaring Society of America, and AAAE; and is a lifetime member for both the U.S. Civil Affairs Association and the U.S. Psyop Association.
Raul received an aviation management degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has also completed graduate level course work with the USDA Graduate School and received a certificate from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management Leadership Development Course.
Raul currently serves on the TRICOR Board of Directors. He was selected as the Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year for 2011 by the Kiwanis Club of Nashville.
He has served on the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Directors; the Aerospace Advisory Council for Middle Tennessee State University; Chaired the Regional Advisory Board for HOPE International in 2013; is a past Board Chairman for the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross; served on the United Way Board of Trustees for Middle Tennessee; on the Board of Directors for the Airports Council International – North America; the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Partnership 2010 and 2020 Advisory Boards; the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Governors; the Nashville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors; and the Industry Advisory Board for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus. He was a member of Rotary International for 19 years, where he is a Paul Harris Fellow. Raul also served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s 2010 Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.