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.
I grew up in an Air Force family and my father was a pilot. I began flight training in high school and have had a passion for aviation my entire life. After earning my undergraduate degree and working in a few different jobs in education and agriculture, I began my work on a Masters ofAeronautical Science at Embry Riddle. While enrolled I got my first airport job at Truckee Tahoe Airport. I have since began work for the San Luis Obispo Airport (SBP) as Director. The high tempo and continuous variety of issues we work with makes managing a small commercial service airport and a small general aviation airport unlike any other job I have ever had. At the outset of my position at SBP, the design for a new terminal had begun after an earlier design had been abandoned. I have been able to work with the airport team, FAA, County staff, elected officials and the community to move the project forward. Construction began in 2015 and we will be open for operations in 2017 which is a great accomplishment."