At the age of 16, Ms. Holmes was introduced to the world of aviation by the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., (TAI) Young Eagles Program sponsored by the Chicago DODO Chapter. She took her first flight and it was a life-changing experience for her. She decided that day to pursue a career in aviation.
In 2004, Ms. Holmes reconnected with the Tuskegee Airmen Chicago Chapter, and has developed a lasting relationship with them for planting the seed of aviation in her as a youth. Notable honors include Ms. Holmes’ appearance in a 2005 publication dedicated to the City of Chicago’s Dynamic Women in Aviation and in 2008, she launched AeroStar Consulting Corporation in an effort to pave the way for tomorrow’s leading professionals within the aviation industry. In 2010 Ms. Holmes achieved her goal of entrepreneurship, operating as President & CEO of AeroStar full-time and 2011 she received the “Fly Sister Fly” Distinction from the national Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy Foundation. Over the past several years, Tammera has been featured in major publications and media outlets including specials for PBS/WTTW, Chicago Sun-Times, and NYC Aviation Magazine for her work.
Tammera’s passion is to introduce students from K-12 to careers in aviation as well as provide a support system to post-secondary students seeking aviation-related licenses, certifications and degrees through the Aviation Academic Initiative. She heads up the Aviation Academic Initiative, which seeks to expose students across the Chicagoland Area to the vast number of career opportunities through curriculum, internships, mentors and afterschool programs. Ms. Holmes has volunteered countless hours as a motivational speaker, addressing topics ranging from careers in aviation to successful leadership and management. Her vision to see businesses work effectively with staff in new and innovative ways, as well as to see companies develop meaningful relationships with academic entities and organizations within their communities, has helped her to set an unprecedented pace for growth amongst highly qualified young people and minorities within the Aviation industry.