Abele names new airport director for Mitchell International

Ismael Bonilla comes from airport runway and taxiway marking contractor

Mitchell International Airport. - Curtis Waltz (www.aerialscapes.com) photo.
Mitchell International Airport. - Curtis Waltz (www.aerialscapes.com) photo.

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.

Mitchell International Airport. - Erol Reyal photo.
Mitchell International Airport. – Erol Reyal photo.

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.

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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