Mr. Earl Denham, CM
Stafford School of Business
Lewis Hall 213
Earl Denham is a lecturer in the Stafford School of Business teaching Economics, Management, Rural Economic Development, Community Development Strategies, American Economic History, and Contemporary Economic Issues in Rural Society. He has taught at ABAC for nine years. As the President of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Tift County Development Authority, he negotiated the relocation of a manufacturing firm establishing 500 new jobs for the Tifton area as well as over 200 retail businesses with 1,000 plus jobs.
As the founder of Denham Consulting Services and Advanced Innovations International, he was successful in obtaining funding for over $10 million in economic development and community development grants for several communities in South Georgia. After his company was acquired by C4e, Inc, he was the team leader in conducting supply chain analysis on the commercial and defense industries’ distribution system for aviation fuel. His recommendations for eliminating redundancies, streamlining processes, and reducing unnecessary actions resulted in over $800 million savings to the taxpayers. Regarded as an authority on airport fueling operations, he was handpicked by the Department of Defense to conduct training for quality assurance representatives throughout the Middle East prior to the second Gulf War.
At O’Hare International Airport, he was the Managing Director for Airport Group International with responsibility for operating and maintaining the fueling system, maintaining and repairing fueling vehicles, and deicing storage. In 1998, his operation issued 3.25 billion gallons of fuel without incident. He established quality tools to assess performance, reengineered the organization, and introduced preventive and predictive maintenance systems, as well as the first automated accounting system for fuels management in the United States. He also successfully negotiated contracts to run the ground operations at Midway Airport in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois. In 1998, he was selected as the Major Airport Manager of the Year.
At the National Petrochemical and Refining Association, he was the Technical Director for Maintenance, Fuel, and Lubricants. His regional maintenance seminars led the industry’s efforts to establish best practices, resolve common problems, and conduct root cause analysis. His article in Refining Today promoting maintenance as a profit center won acclaim throughout the petroleum industry.
He is a retired Air Force major specializing in logistics-supply/fuels management. He was the chief architect of the fuels resupply concept during Operation Desert Storm, and his manual on the processing of used petroleum products is still used by the United States Air Force.
He holds a M.S. in Business Management, a M.A in History, and has been designated a Certified Manager by the Institute of Certified Professional Managers. He has taught at Austin Community College, City Colleges of Chicago, East Mississippi Junior College, Georgia Military College, Southern Illinois University, Strayer University, and Troy University.
He lives in Tifton with his wife Teddie, and Teacup and Toy Poodles Pepe and Pixie.