Lester Sola is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. He oversees operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) and four general aviation (GA) airports in the Miami area, which together generate $33.7 billion in business revenue and support more than 280,000 direct and indirect jobs. MIA leads the way, handling more than 44 million passengers and more than two million tons of cargo annually, placing it among America’s busiest international passenger and cargo airports. Sola has served Miami-Dade County for more than 26 years, most recently as Director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department. As Director of the largest utility in the southeastern United States, he was responsible for providing high-quality drinking water and wastewater disposal services to more than 2.3 million residents, businesses and visitors daily. During his tenure at the department from 2015 to 2017, nearly 1,000 projects worth more than $1.1 billion were completed. Prior to his appointment to the Water and Sewer Department, Sola had been the Director of the Internal Services Department (ISD) since October of 2011 responsible for Miami-Dade County’s procurement of goods and services, small business development, architectural and engineering selection services, capital improvement programs, design and construction services, facilities and fleet management, risk management, parking operations, printing and graphics services, surplus asset disposal and capital inventory oversight. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Florida International University.
Director and CEO, Miami Dade Aviation Department