Nashville Mayor Megan Barry nominated Capitol's Dierks Bentley to fill a vacant spot on the Nashville Airport Authority’s board of directors. Bentley takes over for CAA's Rod Essig. "As a leader in the Nashville music industry and as a pilot himself, Dierks brings a unique perspective to the board of the MNAA having flown into hundreds of airports worldwide," Barry said in a statement to The USA Today Network via The Tennessean. "He will lend an important voice to the Airport Authority which will be managing the $1.2 billion capital investment in the MNAA facilities, while working to make our airport a true international hub for commerce and tourism." Adds Bentley, "I love Nashville and I love aviation. There are many big changes happening in our city right now as it continues to grow so rapidly. I am very excited to get a chance to be involved in facilitating and managing that growth as it pertains to our airports and aviation services."