- Kissimmee Gateway Airport
Meet Shaun Germolus, Director of Aviation, City of Kissimmee
Shaun Germolus is the director of aviation at Kissimmee Gateway Airport. Mr. Germolus brings over 26 years of experience in the aviation industry to this role. Most recently, Mr. Germolus served as executive director at the Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority in Hibbing, Minnesota. Since he was 11 years old, Mr. Germolus wanted to be a professional airline pilot and later in life earned a private pilot’s license.
In 1988, Mr. Germolus enrolled at the University of North Dakota where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration that included a double major in airport administration and management. Soon after graduating Mr. Germolus began his aviation career at the Municipal Airport in Minnesota where he managed airfield maintenance and management. In 1996, Mr. Germolus took on the role of operations supervisor at the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission, where he served until 2000. That same year, Mr. Germolus became director of operations at the Duluth Airport Authority, where he served until 2005. He served as executive director at Range Regional Airport for over 13 years, from 2006 to 2019. Throughout his tenure, he was responsible for improving the airfield infrastructure and services, enhancing economic development and orchestrating the construction of a new airline terminal facility. His word led the airport to serve a record-setting 18,000 passengers in 2019, a 12 percent increase from the previous year, impressive numbers for a rural airport, which garnered positive attention from the aviation community throughout the United States.
In December 2019, Mr. Germolus was hired by the City of Kissimmee to serve as director of aviation, overseeing airport financials, construction and maintenance, economic development, and safety and security programs. Mr. Germolus holds an Airport Executive (A.A.E.) accreditation, awarded by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).