Sherry Miller Chico Municipal Airport (CIC)

Airport Manager

Masters in Public Administration


Thella Bowens San Diego International Airport (SAN)

President / CEO


Barry Rondinella John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Airport Director


Harry Mavrogenes Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK)

Airport Director


Brian Picken Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH)

Airport Director


Bryant Francis Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Aviation Director


Janet Young Merced Regional Airport (MCE)

Airport Superintendent


Ivar Satero San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Airport Director


Thomas Nolan Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)

Airport Director


Todd McNamee Ventura County Airports (OXR)

Airport Director


Keith Freitas Buchanan Field Airport (CCR)

Airport Manager


Mark Germanowski Modesto City-County Airport (MOD)

Airport Manager


Jim Bernard Del Norte County Regional Airport (CEC)

Manager


Bryant Garrett Buchanan Field Airport (CCR)

Airport Manager


Frank Miller Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)

Executive Director


Hazel Johns Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)

Airport Director


Mike La Pier Monterey Regional Airport (MRY)

Airport Manager


Jess L. Romo, C.M., C.A.E Long Beach Airport (LGB)

Airport Director


Peter Drinkwater McClellan/Palomar Airport (CRQ)

County Airports Manager


Chris Hastert Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX)

General Manager


Sandy Gutierrez Imperial County Airport (IPL)

Airport Manager


Kelly Fredericks Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Airport Director


Mark Gibbs San Bernardino International Airport (SBD)

Deputy Director of Aviation


Scott Seymour Inyokern County Airport (IYK)

General Manager


Eric Ray Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV)

Airport Manager


Jon Stout Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (STS)

Manager


Tom Mattson Humboldt County Airport (ACV)

Airport Manager


Deborah Ale Flint Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Airport Director & President of CAC

Deborah Flint was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in June 2015, with oversight of three airports, Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY).Flint leads the team responsible for returning LAX to iconic status, creating a world class, modern airport for the modern traveler and building a transportation system that will give passengers a first- class, swift, convenient, and reliable way to access the airport. Flint’s responsibilities involve managing the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles and investing more than $8.5-billion to innovate retail, food and beverage, terminal redevelopment and create an airport wide hospitality mindset. As well, Flint oversees the development and advancement of security policies and strategies that comply with federal security regulations and provide world-class law enforcement for the protection of the public and property.She leads the procurement and delivery of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP,) the $5.5 billion solution to the crowded roadways and curbsides at and around LAX. Elements include an Automated People Mover (APM), Consolidated Rent-a-Car Center (ConRAC), Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITFs) and comprehensive Roadway Improvements. Working in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the system will provide travelers with a seamless connection to public transit. Flint is committed to building the complex structures with leading edge innovation and design, while creating new jobs and opportunities for small, local and diverse business. Flint manages the transition of ONT to its new local authority. She continues to position VNY, one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, as a vital community partner which contributes more than $1.3 billion each year to the Southern California economy.Flint came to LAWA from the Port of Oakland where she had held the position of aviation director since 2010, being the primary executive responsible management, business development and operation of Oakland International Airport (OAK). While there, she delivered the $480-milliion BART Airport Rail project after years of effort and challenges; executed strategies to stabilize and reverse passenger traffic decline in a difficult market environment; redesigned OAK’s customer experience to make the airport more competitive; and marketed, developed and negotiated numerous development and investment transactions in terminal renovation and hangar development.Prior to serving as aviation director at the Port of Oakland, Flint held the position of assistant aviation director. Other professional experience include leading OAK's Capital Program in which she coordinated the design, financing and implementation of major airport projects, and participated in the issuance of more than a half billion dollars in revenue bonds. She also served as acting port executive director of the Port of Oakland (maritime). She began her career with the port in 1992 in port finance and advanced through the port’s Finance and Aviation divisions. Flint was appointed in 2012 to President Obama’s Advisory Committee on Aviation Consumer Protection. She also serves on the Oversight Committee of the Transportation Research Board's Airport Cooperative Research Program, is President of the California Airports Council, and serves on the Airports Council International World Board.


Kevin Bumen San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)

Director of Airports & Vice President of CAC

Kevin Bumen currently serves as the Director of Airports for San Luis Obispo County.  He oversees the Airports Department operations and management of San Luis Obispo County Regional and Oceano Airports.  Mr. Bumen served as the Director of Aviation at the Truckee Tahoe Airport District for over 10 years before his tenure in San Luis Obispo.  He developed a love of aviation growing up in an Air Force family and learning to fly while in high school.  He is an active pilot with over 25 years of aviation experience.  Mr. Bumen earned his Bachelors of Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.


Richard Strickland Meadows Field Airport (BFL)

Airport Director


John Wheat Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

Director & Secretary of CAC

John has 30 years of airport executive management experience at several major airport systems throughout the United States. Prior to joining the Sacramento team, he served as the Executive Director of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, a newly constructed airport in the Florida Panhandle. Additionally, he was the Deputy Executive Director for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority responsible for Tampa International and its general aviation system from 1999 to 2011.John’s early career began with Salt Lake City Corporation, and during his 26-year tenure with the City, he served in many management capacities for the City and as the Deputy Executive Director for the Airport system from 1983 to 1999. John held several leadership positions with Airports Council International including the Finance Committee chair for both the North America region and World committee.


Kevin Meikle Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT)

Director of Aviation & Treasurer of CAC

As Director of Aviation, Mr. Meikle is the Chief Executive Officer for the aviation system in Fresno, California which includes Fresno Yosemite International (FAT) and Fresno Chandler Executive (FCH) airports. FAT is a small hub airport served by 10 branded airlines including two international carriers. FAT topped 1,443,000 total passengers in 2014 and has enjoyed over 19% growth since 2010. FCH is the largest general aviation airport in the central San Joaquin Valley of California and serves as a reliever to FAT.Mr. Meikle has served Fresno airports for 13 years. Over that time FAT has enjoyed record growth since the recession, the initiation and sustained growth of international air service, implementation of a facility-wide airline shared use platform, and $250 million of Capital work including facility modernization, a consolidated rental car facility, runways and taxiways, and an on-going residential noise mitigation program.Mr. Meikle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a licensed architect. Mr. Meikle is also an instrument rated pilot and has been flying for 28 years.


Kimberly J. Becker San Jose International Airport (SJC)

Director of Aviation & Immediate Past President of CAC

Kim Becker is the Director of Aviation for Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC), a position she assumed in September 2013. Kim is no stranger to SJC as she served Silicon Valley’s Airport in increasingly responsible posts for over 18 years prior to her appointment.Kim became SJC’s Chief Operating Officer in 2011, and was the Assistant Director of Aviation since 2008. In these positions, she was responsible for the on‐going operations of the Airport’s Finance, IT, Planning and Development, Operations, Marketing and Facilities Divisions. She also developed the Airport’s operating strategy and set policies and priorities.Her career in aviation and airport management has included operations and environmental positions at Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank, California, and Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in business administration/aeronautics from Embry‐Riddle Aeronautical University based in Daytona Beach Florida. She is a resident of San José.As Director of Aviation, Kim is responsible for leading SJC staff in achieving the organization’s mission to meet the air transportation needs of Silicon Valley residents and businesses in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner.


OUR TEAM

The officers of the CAC comprise the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is charged with the initial review and consideration of public policy matters along with organizational functions of the CAC. Together, Directors of the Executive Committee formulate recommendations to the full Board of Directors for consideration.




Deborah Ale Flint

Deborah Ale Flint

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Airport Director & President of CAC

Deborah Flint was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in June 2015, with oversight of three airports, Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY).

Flint leads the team responsible for returning LAX to iconic status, creating a world class, modern airport for the modern traveler and building a transportation system that will give passengers a first- class, swift, convenient, and reliable way to access the airport. Flint’s responsibilities involve managing the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles and investing more than $8.5-billion to innovate retail, food and beverage, terminal redevelopment and create an airport wide hospitality mindset. As well, Flint oversees the development and advancement of security policies and strategies that comply with federal security regulations and provide world-class law enforcement for the protection of the public and property.

She leads the procurement and delivery of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP,) the $5.5 billion solution to the crowded roadways and curbsides at and around LAX. Elements include an Automated People Mover (APM), Consolidated Rent-a-Car Center (ConRAC), Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITFs) and comprehensive Roadway Improvements. Working in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the system will provide travelers with a seamless connection to public transit. Flint is committed to building the complex structures with leading edge innovation and design, while creating new jobs and opportunities for small, local and diverse business. Flint manages the transition of ONT to its new local authority. She continues to position VNY, one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, as a vital community partner which contributes more than $1.3 billion each year to the Southern California economy.

Flint came to LAWA from the Port of Oakland where she had held the position of aviation director since 2010, being the primary executive responsible management, business development and operation of Oakland International Airport (OAK). While there, she delivered the $480-milliion BART Airport Rail project after years of effort and challenges; executed strategies to stabilize and reverse passenger traffic decline in a difficult market environment; redesigned OAK’s customer experience to make the airport more competitive; and marketed, developed and negotiated numerous development and investment transactions in terminal renovation and hangar development.

Prior to serving as aviation director at the Port of Oakland, Flint held the position of assistant aviation director. Other professional experience include leading OAK’s Capital Program in which she coordinated the design, financing and implementation of major airport projects, and participated in the issuance of more than a half billion dollars in revenue bonds. She also served as acting port executive director of the Port of Oakland (maritime). She began her career with the port in 1992 in port finance and advanced through the port’s Finance and Aviation divisions. Flint was appointed in 2012 to President Obama’s Advisory Committee on Aviation Consumer Protection. She also serves on the Oversight Committee of the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program, is President of the California Airports Council, and serves on the Airports Council International World Board.

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Kevin Bumen

Kevin Bumen

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)
Director of Airports & Vice President of CAC

Kevin Bumen currently serves as the Director of Airports for San Luis Obispo County.  He oversees the Airports Department operations and management of San Luis Obispo County Regional and Oceano Airports.  Mr. Bumen served as the Director of Aviation at the Truckee Tahoe Airport District for over 10 years before his tenure in San Luis Obispo.  He developed a love of aviation growing up in an Air Force family and learning to fly while in high school.  He is an active pilot with over 25 years of aviation experience.  Mr. Bumen earned his Bachelors of Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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John Wheat

John Wheat

Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
Director & Secretary of CAC

John has 30 years of airport executive management experience at several major airport systems throughout the United States. Prior to joining the Sacramento team, he served as the Executive Director of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, a newly constructed airport in the Florida Panhandle. Additionally, he was the Deputy Executive Director for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority responsible for Tampa International and its general aviation system from 1999 to 2011.

John’s early career began with Salt Lake City Corporation, and during his 26-year tenure with the City, he served in many management capacities for the City and as the Deputy Executive Director for the Airport system from 1983 to 1999. John held several leadership positions with Airports Council International including the Finance Committee chair for both the North America region and World committee.

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Kevin Meikle

Kevin Meikle

Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT)
Director of Aviation & Treasurer of CAC

As Director of Aviation, Mr. Meikle is the Chief Executive Officer for the aviation system in Fresno, California which includes Fresno Yosemite International (FAT) and Fresno Chandler Executive (FCH) airports. FAT is a small hub airport served by 10 branded airlines including two international carriers. FAT topped 1,443,000 total passengers in 2014 and has enjoyed over 19% growth since 2010. FCH is the largest general aviation airport in the central San Joaquin Valley of California and serves as a reliever to FAT.

Mr. Meikle has served Fresno airports for 13 years. Over that time FAT has enjoyed record growth since the recession, the initiation and sustained growth of international air service, implementation of a facility-wide airline shared use platform, and $250 million of Capital work including facility modernization, a consolidated rental car facility, runways and taxiways, and an on-going residential noise mitigation program.

Mr. Meikle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a licensed architect. Mr. Meikle is also an instrument rated pilot and has been flying for 28 years.

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Kimberly J. Becker

Kimberly J. Becker

San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Director of Aviation & Immediate Past President of CAC

Kim Becker is the Director of Aviation for Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC), a position she assumed in September 2013. Kim is no stranger to SJC as she served Silicon Valley’s Airport in increasingly responsible posts for over 18 years prior to her appointment.

Kim became SJC’s Chief Operating Officer in 2011, and was the Assistant Director of Aviation since 2008. In these positions, she was responsible for the on‐going operations of the Airport’s Finance, IT, Planning and Development, Operations, Marketing and Facilities Divisions. She also developed the Airport’s operating strategy and set policies and priorities.

Her career in aviation and airport management has included operations and environmental positions at Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank, California, and Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in business administration/aeronautics from Embry‐Riddle Aeronautical University based in Daytona Beach Florida. She is a resident of San José.

As Director of Aviation, Kim is responsible for leading SJC staff in achieving the organization’s mission to meet the air transportation needs of Silicon Valley residents and businesses in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner.

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Jim Lites

Jim Lites CALIFORNIA AIRPORTS COUNCIL (CAC)

CALIFORNIA AIRPORTS COUNCIL (CAC)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As Executive Director of the California Airports Council (CAC), Mr. Lites brings over 20 years of governmental relations and association management experience. He has a strong reputation in the Sacramento legislative community for policy expertise, professionalism, integrity and successful outcomes. Mr. Lites served nine years in the State Legislature working primarily in the areas of tax policy, economic development, higher education and international trade. As legislative advocate and association management professional, Mr. Lites is active in various policy arenas including infrastructure financing and development, local government, goods movement, telecommunications, public pension systems, rail transportation, homeland security and mortgage insurance.


Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson CALIFORNIA AIRPORTS COUNCIL (CAC)

CALIFORNIA AIRPORTS COUNCIL (CAC)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Ms. Johnson began her career at the lobbying and association management firm of Schott & Lites Advocates as an aviation policy analyst in 2013. Since joining California Strategies in 2015, she continues to assist with management of the California Airports Council, an association of the 33 commercial service airports in the state of California. Ms. Johnson coordinates committees overseeing legislation, environmental issues, information technology, and human resources. In addition, Ms. Johnson has been directly involved with issues relating to transportation network companies, aviation fuel taxes, airport infrastructure, aviation grants, environmental sustainability, aircraft operating procedures, and FAA reauthorization. Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Aeronautical Studies concentrating in Air Traffic Control at Kent State University, Ohio’s only FAA approved Air Traffic–Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) University in 2013.


Lina Bernal

Lina Bernal CALIFORNIA AIRPORTS COUNCIL (CAC)

CALIFORNIA AIRPORTS COUNCIL (CAC)
ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

Ms. Lina Bernal has more than 10 years of association management and advocacy experience. Ms. Bernal’s primary responsibilities include the management of all the organizational duties and procedures for the CAC, including: meeting planning and all associated logistics and state regulatory reporting and compliance requirements. Ms. Bernal also oversees all of the legislative monitoring functions, including review of committee hearings and agendas and legislative bill monitoring. Ms. Bernal began her career in marketing, working for Legi-Tech, a subscription electronic legislative tracking service, and Retail Technology Inc., a retail software developer, and also served as an Account Administrator for California Advocates Management Services. She is a native Californian, and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.


OUR TEAM

The Board of Directors is comprised of the airport director from each California commercial airport. The Board is charged with progressing the CAC’s mission to promote and advance the interests of commercial airports in the state. This includes guiding the public policy direction of the Council on the state and federal level, as well as overseeing CAC committee assignments. The vision of the CAC is to be the leading voice and resource on matters affecting California’s commercial airports. With the direct participation of airport directors, the CAC can quickly respond to issues that impact commercial aviation in the state.




Sherry Miller

Chico Municipal Airport (CIC)

Airport Manager

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Thella Bowens

San Diego International Airport (SAN)

President / CEO

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Barry Rondinella

John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Airport Director

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Harry Mavrogenes

Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK)

Airport Director

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Brian Picken

Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH)

Airport Director

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Bryant Francis

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Aviation Director

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Janet Young

Merced Regional Airport (MCE)

Airport Superintendent

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Ivar Satero

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Airport Director

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Thomas Nolan

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)

Airport Director

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Todd McNamee

Ventura County Airports (OXR)

Airport Director

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Keith Freitas

Buchanan Field Airport (CCR)

Airport Manager

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Mark Germanowski

Modesto City-County Airport (MOD)

Airport Manager

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Jim Bernard

Del Norte County Regional Airport (CEC)

Manager

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Bryant Garrett

Buchanan Field Airport (CCR)

Airport Manager

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Frank Miller

Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)

Executive Director

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Hazel Johns

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)

Airport Director

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Mike La Pier

Monterey Regional Airport (MRY)

Airport Manager

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Jess L. Romo, C.M., C.A.E

Long Beach Airport (LGB)

Airport Director

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Peter Drinkwater

McClellan/Palomar Airport (CRQ)

County Airports Manager

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Chris Hastert

Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX)

General Manager

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Sandy Gutierrez

Imperial County Airport (IPL)

Airport Manager

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Kelly Fredericks

Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Airport Director

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Mark Gibbs

San Bernardino International Airport (SBD)

Deputy Director of Aviation

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Scott Seymour

Inyokern County Airport (IYK)

General Manager

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Eric Ray

Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV)

Airport Manager

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Jon Stout

Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (STS)

Manager

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Tom Mattson

Humboldt County Airport (ACV)

Airport Manager

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Deborah Ale Flint

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Airport Director & President of CAC

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Kevin Bumen

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)

Director of Airports & Vice President of CAC

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Richard Strickland

Meadows Field Airport (BFL)

Airport Director

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John Wheat

Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

Director & Secretary of CAC

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Kevin Meikle

Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT)

Director of Aviation & Treasurer of CAC

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Kimberly J. Becker

San Jose International Airport (SJC)

Director of Aviation & Immediate Past President of CAC

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OUR TEAM

The officers of the CAC comprise the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is charged with the initial review and consideration of public policy matters along with organizational functions of the CAC. Together, Directors of the Executive Committee formulate recommendations to the full Board of Directors for consideration.




Deborah Ale Flint

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Airport Director & President of CAC

Deborah Flint was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in June 2015, with oversight of three airports, Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY).

Flint leads the team responsible for returning LAX to iconic status, creating a world class, modern airport for the modern traveler and building a transportation system that will give passengers a first- class, swift, convenient, and reliable way to access the airport. Flint’s responsibilities involve managing the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles and investing more than $8.5-billion to innovate retail, food and beverage, terminal redevelopment and create an airport wide hospitality mindset. As well, Flint oversees the development and advancement of security policies and strategies that comply with federal security regulations and provide world-class law enforcement for the protection of the public and property.

She leads the procurement and delivery of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP,) the $5.5 billion solution to the crowded roadways and curbsides at and around LAX. Elements include an Automated People Mover (APM), Consolidated Rent-a-Car Center (ConRAC), Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITFs) and comprehensive Roadway Improvements. Working in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the system will provide travelers with a seamless connection to public transit. Flint is committed to building the complex structures with leading edge innovation and design, while creating new jobs and opportunities for small, local and diverse business. Flint manages the transition of ONT to its new local authority. She continues to position VNY, one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, as a vital community partner which contributes more than $1.3 billion each year to the Southern California economy.

Flint came to LAWA from the Port of Oakland where she had held the position of aviation director since 2010, being the primary executive responsible management, business development and operation of Oakland International Airport (OAK). While there, she delivered the $480-milliion BART Airport Rail project after years of effort and challenges; executed strategies to stabilize and reverse passenger traffic decline in a difficult market environment; redesigned OAK’s customer experience to make the airport more competitive; and marketed, developed and negotiated numerous development and investment transactions in terminal renovation and hangar development.

Prior to serving as aviation director at the Port of Oakland, Flint held the position of assistant aviation director. Other professional experience include leading OAK’s Capital Program in which she coordinated the design, financing and implementation of major airport projects, and participated in the issuance of more than a half billion dollars in revenue bonds. She also served as acting port executive director of the Port of Oakland (maritime). She began her career with the port in 1992 in port finance and advanced through the port’s Finance and Aviation divisions. Flint was appointed in 2012 to President Obama’s Advisory Committee on Aviation Consumer Protection. She also serves on the Oversight Committee of the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program, is President of the California Airports Council, and serves on the Airports Council International World Board.

Kevin Bumen

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)
Director of Airports & Vice President of CAC

Kevin Bumen currently serves as the Director of Airports for San Luis Obispo County.  He oversees the Airports Department operations and management of San Luis Obispo County Regional and Oceano Airports.  Mr. Bumen served as the Director of Aviation at the Truckee Tahoe Airport District for over 10 years before his tenure in San Luis Obispo.  He developed a love of aviation growing up in an Air Force family and learning to fly while in high school.  He is an active pilot with over 25 years of aviation experience.  Mr. Bumen earned his Bachelors of Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

John Wheat

Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
Director & Secretary of CAC

John has 30 years of airport executive management experience at several major airport systems throughout the United States. Prior to joining the Sacramento team, he served as the Executive Director of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, a newly constructed airport in the Florida Panhandle. Additionally, he was the Deputy Executive Director for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority responsible for Tampa International and its general aviation system from 1999 to 2011.

John’s early career began with Salt Lake City Corporation, and during his 26-year tenure with the City, he served in many management capacities for the City and as the Deputy Executive Director for the Airport system from 1983 to 1999. John held several leadership positions with Airports Council International including the Finance Committee chair for both the North America region and World committee.

Kevin Meikle

Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT)
Director of Aviation & Treasurer of CAC

As Director of Aviation, Mr. Meikle is the Chief Executive Officer for the aviation system in Fresno, California which includes Fresno Yosemite International (FAT) and Fresno Chandler Executive (FCH) airports. FAT is a small hub airport served by 10 branded airlines including two international carriers. FAT topped 1,443,000 total passengers in 2014 and has enjoyed over 19% growth since 2010. FCH is the largest general aviation airport in the central San Joaquin Valley of California and serves as a reliever to FAT.

Mr. Meikle has served Fresno airports for 13 years. Over that time FAT has enjoyed record growth since the recession, the initiation and sustained growth of international air service, implementation of a facility-wide airline shared use platform, and $250 million of Capital work including facility modernization, a consolidated rental car facility, runways and taxiways, and an on-going residential noise mitigation program.

Mr. Meikle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a licensed architect. Mr. Meikle is also an instrument rated pilot and has been flying for 28 years.

Kimberly J. Becker

San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Director of Aviation & Immediate Past President of CAC

Kim Becker is the Director of Aviation for Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC), a position she assumed in September 2013. Kim is no stranger to SJC as she served Silicon Valley’s Airport in increasingly responsible posts for over 18 years prior to her appointment.

Kim became SJC’s Chief Operating Officer in 2011, and was the Assistant Director of Aviation since 2008. In these positions, she was responsible for the on‐going operations of the Airport’s Finance, IT, Planning and Development, Operations, Marketing and Facilities Divisions. She also developed the Airport’s operating strategy and set policies and priorities.

Her career in aviation and airport management has included operations and environmental positions at Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank, California, and Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in business administration/aeronautics from Embry‐Riddle Aeronautical University based in Daytona Beach Florida. She is a resident of San José.

As Director of Aviation, Kim is responsible for leading SJC staff in achieving the organization’s mission to meet the air transportation needs of Silicon Valley residents and businesses in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner.

OUR TEAM

Staff of the CAC provide legislative advocacy and association management services to the Council. Key responsibilities include communications with policymakers on the Stateand Federal level, publication production, committee oversight, and collaboration with industry partners on aviation issues and events. Staff is also charged administrative duties including meeting planning and maintaining the CAC’s principal office in Sacramento.




Jim Lites

Jim Lites

CALIFORNIA AIRPORTS COUNCIL (CAC)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As Executive Director of the California Airports Council (CAC), Mr. Lites brings over 20 years of governmental relations and association management experience. He has a strong reputation in the Sacramento legislative community for policy expertise, professionalism, integrity and successful outcomes. Mr. Lites served nine years in the State Legislature working primarily in the areas of tax policy, economic development, higher education and international trade. As legislative advocate and association management professional, Mr. Lites is active in various policy arenas including infrastructure financing and development, local government, goods movement, telecommunications, public pension systems, rail transportation, homeland security and mortgage insurance.

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

CALIFORNIA AIRPORTS COUNCIL (CAC)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Ms. Johnson began her career at the lobbying and association management firm of Schott & Lites Advocates as an aviation policy analyst in 2013. Since joining California Strategies in 2015, she continues to assist with management of the California Airports Council, an association of the 33 commercial service airports in the state of California. Ms. Johnson coordinates committees overseeing legislation, environmental issues, information technology, and human resources. In addition, Ms. Johnson has been directly involved with issues relating to transportation network companies, aviation fuel taxes, airport infrastructure, aviation grants, environmental sustainability, aircraft operating procedures, and FAA reauthorization. Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Aeronautical Studies concentrating in Air Traffic Control at Kent State University, Ohio’s only FAA approved Air Traffic–Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) University in 2013.

Lina Bernal

Lina Bernal

CALIFORNIA AIRPORTS COUNCIL (CAC)
ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

Ms. Lina Bernal has more than 10 years of association management and advocacy experience. Ms. Bernal’s primary responsibilities include the management of all the organizational duties and procedures for the CAC, including: meeting planning and all associated logistics and state regulatory reporting and compliance requirements. Ms. Bernal also oversees all of the legislative monitoring functions, including review of committee hearings and agendas and legislative bill monitoring. Ms. Bernal began her career in marketing, working for Legi-Tech, a subscription electronic legislative tracking service, and Retail Technology Inc., a retail software developer, and also served as an Account Administrator for California Advocates Management Services. She is a native Californian, and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.