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Steven Neesen loves to travel and explore, so his job as Manager of the Greeneville Municipal Airport is a perfect fit.
He became a town employee and Airport Manager in 2020 after the airport became a town facility and no longer a joint venture with the county. But Steven has been an employee at the airport since he came here in 1991 as a flight instructor and then manager of the airport’s Fixed Base Operation (FBO).
Just recently, Steven earned his U.S. Citizenship, an accomplishment for which he is very proud.
He is originally from the Netherlands where he served in the military and was a parachute jumper.
Steven moved to America in 1990, obtaining his pilot’s license in West Virginia and landing an aviation job in Greeneville.
As Airport Manager, Steven oversees the daily operations of the airport, including customer service to pilots needing fuel, hotel reservations and other services. The airport is home to approximately 70 hangars, aircraft maintenance facilities, several corporate airplanes, a medical helicopter, JumpTN skydiving, and Morristown Flying Service.
Steven supervises three employees – two full-time and one part-time.
He also works with state and local governments to seek grant funding for the airport.
But perhaps one of the most important aspects of his job is to ensure that the airport continues to grow and be a vital contributor to the local economy.
“Lots of companies and jobs are here because of the airport,” he said, stressing the important role the airport plays as a gateway to the community and a part of the local transportation system.
Steven can speak four languages, German, French, Dutch, and English, which has proven useful for communicating with some of the international companies located in Greene County.
He and his wife Melissa met in flight school in West Virginia and just recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They have a 16-year-old son, Zachary, who is a junior at Greeneville High School.
Steven enjoys soccer and coached Zachary when he was younger. He also loves history and travel.
When comparing Greeneville with his hometown of Holland, Steven says they both have a small-town feel. The biggest difference is that here people don’t have to have an appointment to visit their friends.
For photos of where Steven works and more information on our airport, visit https://www.greenevilletn.gov/apps/pages/airport.