City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 072916
Jesus “Jess” L. Romo Appointed Director of Long Beach Airport
Alex Basquez
Director of Human Resources

City Manager Patrick H. West today named Jesus “Jess” L. Romo, A.A.E., an airport executive with 19 years of experience in aviation, as Director of Long Beach Airport (LGB). Mr. Romo’s appointment will be effective September 6, 2016.

"Mr. Romo is an accomplished aviation professional who will provide strong leadership and strategic planning for Long Beach Airport," said Mr. West. “He will work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including the community, tenants and our commercial and general aviation partners.”

Mr. Romo has served as Interim Deputy Executive Director for Los Angeles World Airports, overseeing Operations and Emergency Management at Los Angeles International Airport since July 2016. Previously, he was Director of Airports, Operations, overseeing Ontario International and Van Nuys Airports; Airport Manager; and Director of Airport Real Estate.

"I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working with the community, all airport stakeholders and partners,” commented Mr. Romo. “I am committed to being an approachable and responsive steward of this great airport.”

Mr. Romo’s responsibilities will include oversight of Long Beach Airport, including operations, finances and leases, the Airport Noise Ordinance, community outreach, environmental matters, capital improvements, tenant relationships, security, air service and public affairs.

LGB has won numerous awards, and the Long Beach Airport Area Complex is a major economic development resource, supporting 43,000 jobs and generating more than $11 billion into the regional economy.

Mr. Romo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and Master of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. He is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). He is a recipient of the 2015 Award for Airport Executive Partnership from the National Air Transportation Association.

“I would like to thank Interim Airport Director Juan Lopez-Rios for his oversight these past few months at the airport,” commented Mr. West. “Mr. Lopez-Rios will continue his service at the airport as Deputy Director.”

Mr. Romo is replacing Bryant L. Francis, who resigned as Director in February 2016 to accept a position as Director of Aviation for the Oakland International Airport.

About Long Beach Airport

Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently completed a revitalization to update its facilities. In 2012, a new passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, both Fodor’s Travel Guide and the BBC named LGB one of the top 10 terminals in the world, and USA Today and recognized LGB for Best Airport Dining in their Readers Choice poll. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with nearly 300,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable, environmentally responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.