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Brian Dranzik

Manufacturing  |  Transportation & Logistics
Director
Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport  |  Milwaukee

Since being appointed director of Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport in 2017, Brian Dranzik has led the Milwaukee airport through the pandemic’s decimation of air travel, its rebound and the recent addition of several new carriers, including Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Contour Airlines and JetBlue Airways. Previously, Dranzik was the director of transportation for Milwaukee County.

Education: Bachelor’s and master’s in Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Biggest risk: “Going back to school and changing course in my career by pursuing my master’s degree. It was at a point in time in my life when I was starting a family and had other obligations. I had quit my job to dedicate my attention to pursuing my degree without knowing what the outcome might be. The path may have been challenging; however, the result was clearly worth it.”

Top of your bucket list: “Golfing Pebble Beach.”

What would make Wisconsin better: “Milwaukee is not and cannot be viewed as an island.  States that have embraced their largest urban centers have thrived; it is time for Wisconsin as a state to do the same.”

Nonprofit cause that has special meaning to you: “Make-A-Wish is an organization that has such a profound and meaningful impact to help bring hope and happiness to children and their families as they go through incredibly difficult circumstances. I cannot help but to be motivated by the organization.”

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