Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson today announced Cheryl L. Bush will replace Karl Randall to manage Oakland County International Airport following Randall’s retirement. Bush will be the first woman to manage the airport when her tenure begins on July 12.
“Cheryl’s returning home to where she belongs,” Patterson said. “She spent most of her impressive aviation career as president of one of our airport businesses. She is well qualified to lead the airport into the future.”
Bush began her career as an office manager at Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) in 1978. She was the company’s president from 1992-2012, shortly before ADI moved out of state. Bush returns to Oakland Airport from Signature Flight Support in Grand Rapids, where she served as general manager since 2015. She has also served as a managing member of Adieu Consultant Services, a Commerce Township company that manages aviation projects.
“I’m very excited to be returning home,” says Bush. “I’m looking forward to joining the county team and working with aviation professionals with whom I’ve built lasting and productive relationships over the years.”
Bush attended the Wayne State University School of Business and a series of business courses at Northwestern University. She holds several certificates including the Federal Aviation Administration safety management systems training, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) aviation management courses, and sales and negotiating seminars.
Bush has also served as chairman and secretary of the Michigan Business Aviation Association, a member of the NBAA, and founder and director of the Frank P. Macartney Scholarship Foundation.
OCIA began operations in 1928 and is currently Michigan’s second busiest airport with more than 500,000 passengers and pilots annually. The airport sees more than 120,000 takeoffs and landings per year, with more than $580 million in economic impact throughout southeastern Michigan.