Miami International Airport

MIA director rounds out executive team

 

pmazzei@MiamiHerald.com

Emilio González, who recently celebrated one year as the head of Miami International Airport, said Wednesday he has his executive team in place.

Last month, González promoted Gregory C. Owens to assistant director for business retention and development, a job left vacant last year when Miguel Southwell, now interim director of Atlanta’s airport, resigned after the departure of former airport chief José Abreu. Owens, who had been a Miami-Dade County aviation department division director, now makes $156,000 a year, about $30,000 less than his predecessor.

In February, Joseph Napoli, a former senior associate at defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, was named González’s chief of staff and senior policy advisor, a new position. Napoli, a U.S. Army veteran like González, is in charge of several divisions, including communications, intergovernmental affairs and professional compliance.

The post, with a salary of $174,518, replaces — at least in budgetary terms — an earlier job in the aviation department for the director who oversaw North Terminal construction. That project has been completed, and the person in charge, Juan Carlos Arteaga, is now at the water and sewer department.

Also in February, González hired Dan Agostino — at the same salary as Napoli — to serve as the department’s assistant director for operations, a position that had been vacant. Agostino was formerly the director of tower and ramp operations for American Airlines at MIA.

The hires round out the team González began to assemble last year when he hired Hiram L. Barroso as his senior executive assistant and deputy chief of staff (previously, the job had not included the “deputy chief of staff” title) at an annual salary of $120,000. Barroso had previously headed the office of County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa.

The aviation department pays for its own operating budget with airline fees and airport commercial revenue, and not the county’s general fund. In 2013, it had 1,206 employees, down from 1,593 in 2007, according to the department.

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