As Director of Aviation, Mr. Meikle is the Chief Executive Officer for the aviation system in Fresno, California. This 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.
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.
Immediate Past President
Ivar began his career with the Airport in 1994, managing projects of the Airport’s $3B Master Plan Expansion Program. He served as the Project Manager for transit projects including the AirTrain System and the Airport BART Station.
From 2003 to 2014, Ivar served as Deputy Airport Director for the Design & Construction Division which oversees the implementation of the Airport’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The current major initiatives of the Airport’s $7.2B CIP include the Terminal 1 Redevelopment Program, Terminal 3 West Renovation, Baggage Handling System Modernization, AirTrain Extension to Long-Term Parking, a 2nd Long Term Parking facility, and the Airport Grand Hyatt Hotel.
In April 2014, Ivar was appointed Chief Operating Officer, overseeing Planning, Design & Construction, Operations & Security, as well as the various operating divisions at SFO. Ivar currently serves on the Board of the San Francisco Travel Association and on the Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council. Ivar has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University and an MBA in Finance from San Francisco State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He also holds a private pilot’s license.