Gregory A. Mays

BSAE ‘91

Working in aircraft engineering and in the airline business has given Gregory A. Mays the opportunity to know the industry inside out through maintenance, technical operations and executive level leadership. The Hamilton, Alabama, native has worked for Boeing, Delta Air Lines and is currently with Alaska Airlines.

Mays graduated with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Alabama in 1991. He went on to earn his Master of Business Administration in 2005 from Emory University in Atlanta.

Mays’ career started at the Boeing Company in Huntsville, Alabama, as a design/test engineer and project manager for the International Space Station. After six years, he moved to Atlanta to work for Delta Air Lines. For the next 13 years, he held positions in the company such as lead engineer for fleet structures and liaison engineering, senior project manager for technical operations, manager of enterprise planning for technical operations, general manager for engine maintenance operations, director of below wing operations in the Atlanta Worldport Operation and managing director of global cargo operations.

In 2011, Mays went to Alaska Airlines in Seattle where he began as managing director of airframe, engine and component maintenance. He was later promoted to vice president of maintenance and engineering and is currently the vice president of labor relations. In his present position, Mays is responsible for developing relationships with union leaders and representatives from five labor unions that make up 80 percent of the Alaska Airlines workforce.

He has received several awards from Boeing and Delta including being named a Delta Air Lines Chairman’s Club Honoree in 2007, an award that honors 100 of the company’s 85,000 employees each year.

Mays serves on the Boeing Classic Tournament Advisory Board, the UA Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Industrial Advisory Board and the UA College of Engineering Leadership Board.

He has had multiple speaking engagements domestically and internationally, including being the featured speaker at the Aviation Week and Space Technology MRO circuit, guest lecturer at Emory University and keynote speaker for the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

Mays’ is a Certified Project Management Professional and a private pilot. His hobbies include skiing, driving cars on track days, traveling and spending time with his family.

He is married to his wife Tabitha, and the couple live in Issaquah, Washington. They have two children, Jeff and Kristin. Jeff is in his third year as an aerospace engineering student at UA.