TRI Welcomes New Director Of Marketing & Air Service

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority welcomes Kristi Haulsee as the new director of marketing and air service development. She replaces Melissa Thomas, who has held the position since 1996. Thomas is leaving the airport to take a more active role in her family business in Johnson City. Haulsee will be responsible for marketing, public relations and working with airlines to retain and recruit service.

Haulsee comes from a chamber of commerce and economic development background, most recently as a business development specialist for Bristol, Tennessee. Haulsee holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Appalachian State University. She is from Kingsport and worked for the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce for six years. She relocated to Chattanooga and was Vice President of Member Services at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce for 10 years before returning to the Tri-Cities area.

“We are pleased to have Kristi join the Airport Authority’s management team,” says Patrick Wilson, Airport executive director. “”Kristi’s experience working with chambers of commerce, economic development and her familiarity with our region will prove valuable in her new role with the Tri-Cities Airport Authority.”