New executive director of Johnson County Airport Commission to land into new position Aug. 28

Bryan Johnson

On Aug. 28, Bryan Johnson, A.A.E., will become the next executive director of the Johnson County Airport Commission. Johnson comes to us with nearly 30 years of experience in the aviation and aerospace industry along with business development expertise.

Since March 2020, Johnson has served as the airport director for MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. His experience there includes providing overall direction and leadership for airport staff and other airport personnel, collaboration with federal, state and local elected officials and agencies, managing property development and tenant recruitment, as well as providing oversight of the annual budget, public relations and community affairs. Significant achievements in this role include negotiation of the airport’s land lease agreement with Boeing (a $200 million investment) and a $34 million terminal expansion project.

Johnson has served in leadership positions at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Quad City International Airport, Lincoln Airport and Kearney Regional Airport. His career experience also includes working as an airport operations agent, airport analyst and senior consultant for Aviation Management Consulting Group.

“We were very impressed with Bryan’s variety of experiences within the aviation industry,” said County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. “His skillset, including airport management, business development, oversight of staff and operations and negotiating property lease agreements, aligned very well with the needs of this position.”

Johnson is an Accredited Airport Executive and a licensed commercial/instrumental pilot with a first-class medical certificate. He received an aviation management degree from Metropolitan State University in Denver and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He belongs to several aviation and aircraft professional organizations.

“I am thrilled to join a high-performance organization and look forward to future growth and new development opportunities for both New Century and Executive Airports.”

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