J. Michael Houston was appointed to the Springfield Airport Authority by Mayor James Langfelder in July 2015 and is the Chair of the Finance Committee. His career includes extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He was elected mayor of Springfield in 1979 and reelected in 1983. In 2011 he was elected for a third time. The 24 years between terms was spent in the banking industry. He retired from J.P. Morgan Chase as a Senior Vice-President and the Town & Country Bank as its Chairman, President, & CEO. Upon his retirement from Town & Country Bank he was named Chairman Emeritus. His career includes more than 25 years in CEO positions. Long active in civic affairs, he has provided leadership in Springfield in each of the last 5 decades. He served 16 years on the Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University including 4 years as its Chair. He is a past president of the Illinois Municipal League, Springfield Jaycees, and Downtown Springfield, Inc. He was Chair of the Board of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce in both 1999 and 2009, the only person in the Chamber’s 150 year history to serve as Chair twice. Among his current activities, he serves on the boards of St. John’s Hospital where he also served as Chair of the Board for 4 years and the Abraham Lincoln Council of the Boy Scouts of America for 40+ years. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a major in Business Administration and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a M.B.A.