Lewis Jordan founded and serves as CEO of GratitudeAmerica, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist communities in building local programs to support U.S. veterans, their families and families of the fallen. Prior to devoting himself to this cause, he had a distinguished career in commercial aviation spanning nearly fifty years. Highlights of his career include serving as President and Chief Operating Officer for both Flying Tigers, the world’s largest international cargo and military transport airline and Continental Airlines during its major growth and acquisition period. In 1993 Jordan co-founded ValuJet Airlines and served as its President and later its successor, AirTran Airways where he also served as Chairman until his retirement from active management in 1997. He remained an active member of the AirTran Board until the acquisition of AirTran by Southwest Airlines in May of 2011.
Jordan’s previous recognitions and honors have included:
- President’s Advisory Board and Foundation Board of Trustees, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Advisory Board, Forbes CEO Forum, 1998-2000
- Board of Directors, RARE Hospitality Inc.
- Military Airlift Committee, National Defense Transportation Assoc., 1984-1990
- Board of Directors, Air Transport Association
- Distinguished Corporate Leader of the Year, 1996, Sales and Marketing Executives of Atlanta, Competitive Edge Magazine
- Aviation Executive of the Year, 1994, Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport
- Georgian of the Year, 1995, Georgia Trend Magazine
- Entrepreneur of the Year, 1995, Stanford Business School Alumni Association of Atlanta
- Alexis de Toqueville Society, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta