LAMA 2020 Virtual Conference, President and Corporate Award Recipients

Mary Jo Bayles accepts the President’s Award from Joe Wheeler, LAMA President.

The Louisiana Airport Managers and Associates are proud to announce the 2020 PRESIDENT’S AWARD goes to MARY JO BAYLES.

Service is the foundation on which Mary Jo Bayles has built her life: service to her faith and family, to her community, and to the aviation industry.

For over a decade, Mary Jo has served her community as the City Planner and Airport Manager in DeQuincy, Louisiana. She has spearheaded many projects and programs during her tenure, including numerous grants for city infrastructure and parks improvements. She has also managed community events such as Relay For Life, the Hallelujah Festival, the Community Christmas Parade, and the Louisiana Railroad Days Festival.

At DeQuincy Industrial Airpark, Mary Jo has managed capital improvement projects worth over $2 Million, and most recently secured an additional $2 Million in capital outlay funding for 20 brand new T-hangars and a taxiway. Under her leadership, the airport has become a vital economic development engine for the city of DeQuincy and the Southwest Louisiana Community. The airport has become a favorite stop for weary pilots looking for affordable fuel, a good meal, and true southern hospitality. It has also become an integral part of the region’s emergency operations and disaster recovery program, serving as a GOHSEP staging area on multiple occasions.

Expanding her service to the aviation industry, Mary Jo has helped plan and coordinate the LAMA conference for the past several years. Mary Jo has served as the director of the Chennault International Airshow for the past five years. Under her leadership, the show has twice-hosted the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and is set to host United States Navy Blue Angels in 2021 on the 76th Anniversary of D-Day. The airshow, which is a treasured event in Southwest Louisiana, provides critical funding to STEM education through grants and scholarships.

Mary Jo has been a member of the United Methodist Church all her life, with over four decades of humanitarian mission service to places like Honduras, Mexico, and Appalachia. She has also served many years in leadership in both children’s and youth ministries. When she is not serving her community she loves to travel, shop, and play tennis, where she’s also served in very leadership capacities with the Calcasieu Tennis Association and chairing multiple USTA state and regional tournaments.

The people who love her most call her “Momma” or “Mimi Jo.” She is the beloved mother of Mallory and Madison, the best Mimi in the world to Ethan, Cooper, and Gryffin the Goldendoodle, and the cherished wife of Dr. Peter T. Bayles.

Tim & Patti Cowsert accept the Corporate Award from Joe Wheeler, LAMA President.

2020 LAMA Corporate award presented to Bright Portal Resources, LLC

The 2020 LAMA Corporate award is presented to BRIGHT PORTAL RESOURCES LLC, owned and operated by Tim Cowsert. Bright Portal Resources has been a long-standing member of LAMA in addition to being an annual exhibitor at the conference.

The strategy behind starting Bright Portal Resources was the simple reason of “Saving the Earth for Future Generations”, and their goal was wanting to help institutions, industries, and commercial entities become more environmentally friendly. They offer the next generation in solar powered raised pavement markers.

Their Solar Powered LED raised pavement markers are used in various applications around the world. Their Solar Powered LED fixtures are in their 6th generation of development and are in applications at Air Carrier and General Aviation airports, fire stations, bridges, cities and towns, hotels, schools, and many others.

The positive aspects of the Solar Powered LED fixtures are their safety and cost effective
operation. Visible for over 500 meters by emitting vibrant light instead of reflecting light, they offer a 5 year average lifespan and are maintenance free.

Congratulations to Tim Cowsert and Bright Portal Resources LLC.

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