Tuesday, April 12, 2005 Aviation director named for San Jose Airport By Andrew F. Hamm The Silicon Valley/San Jose (CA) Business Journal San Jose is naming Bill Sherry of Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as the new aviation director at Mineta San Jose International Airport. Mr. Sherry was also a former director of aviation policy for the state of Florida and has worked at Vero Beach Municipal Airport in his 15-year aviation career. Mr. Sherry is expected to begin work May 2. He replaces Ralph Tonseth who retired in December. Mr. Sherry resigned from the Ft. Lauderdale post about 18 months ago over differences regarding policy direction, says San Jose city spokesman Tom Manheim. Mr. Sherry has been consulting with various airports on legal issues since that time, Mr. Manheim says. City Manager Del Borgsdorf announced the appointment of Mr. Sherry at a closed session of the San Jose City Council Tuesday.
High on the lists of Mr. Sherry’s qualifications is that he oversaw a $4.2 billion expansion of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Mineta San Jose is in the beginning stages of a $1.3 billion expansion and modernization project, including the construction of the $355 million North Concourse terminal.