FORT MYERS — Benjamin Siegel, acting executive director of the Lee County Port Authority since November 2019, has been named to the post officially.
The port’s board removed the acting post from Siegel as of Jan. 21, according to a statement. As executive director, he will continue to direct the administration, operations and development of Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers, the release adds. Siegel replaced former port authority director Jeff Mulder.
“I look forward to working with the board and the outstanding team of professionals at Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field,” Siegel says in the release. “I am excited about the opportunity to enhance infrastructure, manage growth and improve the guest experience, as well as work with our community leaders to promote travel, new business and tourism in our region.”
Siegel has been with the Lee County Port Authority since 1992. Under his leadership, the Lee County Port Authority finance team secured $327 million for RSW’s Midfield Terminal Complex, which was one of the largest issuances of financing in Lee County history, the release states. Current projects under his oversight are the Airport Traffic Control Tower and the Terminal Expansion Project at Southwest Florida International Airport.
Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 5.9 million passengers in 2020 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic.