General Mitchell International Airport will have a new director starting Feb. 1 after Ismael L. Bonilla was named to the role by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.
In announcing the decision, Abele said Bonilla has “the right combination of airport leadership experience, passion for the aviation industry, and a broad network of industry connections” to move the airport forward.
Bonilla currently serves as chief business development officer for Hi-Lite Airfield Services LLC in Jacksonville, Florida. Hi-Lite is an airport runway and taxiway marking contractor.
Bonilla previously held leadership positions in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jacksonville and Santiago, Chile. He is also a 20-year Air Force veteran.
Milwaukee County Director of Transportation Brian Dranzik oversaw day-to-day airport operations during the last eight months. Dranzik took over after Terry Slaybaugh resigned just months after taking the job.