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Jesse Romo
Jesse Romo

Jesse Romo

Wichita Airport Authority

Wichita, KS USA

"At the end of the day, we’re all human and we want two things: to be understood and appreciated."

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Day In The Life

Director of Airports

I set the strategic direction for airports in the Air Capital of the World, Wichita, Kansas.


Day In The Life Of A Director Of Airports

My Day to Day

The beauty of airport life is that no two days are exactly alike. I can spend a day doing community outreach type activities, including recruiting and negotiating new development deals. While the next day I may be pulled into several staff meetings, providing guidance on policy issues or planning projects. I have a great team of managers in place that continue to do a great job, so at times I just need to support them and make sure they have the tools necessary to achieve success.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Associate's Degree

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Los Angeles Mission College

  • Bachelor's Degree



  • Graduate Degree

    Business Administration and Management

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Certification

    Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.)

    American Association of Airport Executives

  • Certification

    Commercial Pilot, Instrument Rating

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    After high school, I took some time off from school to work but eventually realized that I’d need a degree for the things I wanted to do.

  • 2.

    I enrolled in a junior college and got my associates degree in liberal arts, then transferred to UCLA where I earned my bachelor’s degree in sociology.

  • 3.

    I started my career in a human resources role before being recruited into retail—I was on a great career path in retail but after the September 11 attacks, I wanted to do something more.

  • 4.

    I decided to go to graduate school and earned my MBA with a focus in aviation and a specialization in human resource management.

  • 5.

    I got my first airport experience at the Burbank Airport in Los Angeles, California, where I started as an airport management intern and worked my way up to business analyst.

  • 6.

    I worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation for about eight years, starting in the office of management and budget and then moving into aviation, ultimately becoming the director of aviation.

  • 7.

    In 2015, I was named airport director at Manhattan Regional Airport in Manhattan, Kansas.

  • 8.

    I worked at Manhattan Regional Airport for about six years before becoming director of airports for Wichita, Kansas.