Al Denson started a career in aviation in 1983 as Properties and Business Manager of the Aviation Department of the City of Birmingham. Since then, he has served in many capacities. In September 2000, after a nationwide search, the Birmingham Airport Authority Board of Directors chose him to fill the position of President and CEO.
Al was married to his beautiful wife, Carolyn, for 45 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Al is either serving or has served on the boards of the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE), American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), A. G. Gaston Boys & Girls Clubs and Stillman College Board of Trustees. He also serves on the AAAE Airport Legislative Alliance Committee and Policy Review Committee, has been supportive of Airport Council International-North America (ACI-NA). He has served with the Alabama Development Office of the Governor’s staff to promote economic development for the State of Alabama. He has served on the boards of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and the AAAE Southeastern Chapter. He received the AMAC Hall of Fame Award in 2001. He is an active member and has served on the board of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, the largest Kiwanis Club in the world. He has served on the Executive Committee of United Way of Central Alabama. He was formerly a CEO Roundtable Member with the Birmingham City Schools and a business leader with the Birmingham Education Foundation, a group of citizens, business leaders, parents, educators and funders who joined together to determine Birmingham City Schools’ needs in order for the children to be successful. He served as the 2012 Chairman of the Sickle Cell Foundation’s annual fundraising event. He was chosen Corporate Executive of the Year in 2008 by Regions Financial Corporation at the Black Achievers’ Awards Ceremony. He served as the 2016 Chairman of the UNCF Scholarship Fundraiser. In May 2017, he received the American Association of Airport Executives Distinguished Service Award which is presented to airport executives in honor of an exemplary career and contributions to the airport industry and is one of the highest levels of recognition.
A bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Stillman College, an MBA from Samford University and MPA from Jacksonville State University, prefaced his aviation career. In May 1987, he received his airport accreditation (Accredited Airport Executive-A.A.E.) from the American Association of Airport Executives.