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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 05, 2013

Gateway Airport Announces Three Final Candidates for Executive Director Position
Community Meet and Greet Planned

MESA, Ariz. — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority announced today the three final candidates for the Executive Director position.

Izzy Bonilla, Deputy Director at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, joins two internal candidates, Casey Denny, Gateway Airport Deputy Director and Jane Morris, Gateway Airport Director – Special Projects. All three candidates are scheduled to attend a public meet and greet on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 6-8 pm at the Country Inn & Suites, 6650 East Superstition Springs Blvd. Mesa, AZ 85206. The public is welcome to attend.

“Each candidate is a gifted executive with strong credentials in airport management,” Mesa City Manager Chris Brady said. “We welcome the community to attend the ‘Meet and Greet’ and share their opinion. This is an important step in the hiring process before the candidates enter their final interview with the Board of Directors.”

Hiring Process
The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority contracted with an executive search firm to search for a new Executive Director, resulting in 40 applicants. The three finalists were selected through a series of interviews which included a review panel consisting of airport tenants, community leaders, and citizens. Following the community meet and greet, the finalists will be interviewed by the Airport Authority’s Board of Directors and the selected candidate will be announced. Current executive director, Lynn Kusy will retire March 15.


About Gateway Airport
The Airport was established in 1994 and is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of the Gila River Indian Community, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, and Queen Creek. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service via Allegiant, Frontier, and Spirit Airlines with nonstop flights to over 35 cities and continuing service to over 50 additional cities nationwide. For more information, visit

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Media Contact:
Brian Sexton, Public Information Officer
Phone: 480-988-7618