José Abreu, 2012 CUTR Transportation Achievement Award

Jose Abreu is Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and directs the operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) and four general aviation airports in the Miami area. Previously, he served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation under Governor Jeb Bush. He serves on many boards, including the Association of Cuban-American Civil Engineers, the United Way Executive Board, and the University of Miami School of Engineering Industrialist Board.


In March 2008, he was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, and he is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has received numerous awards throughout his distinguished career, including “Person of the Year” by the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc. in 2012; one of Miami’s 75 most influential people in politics, business sports, and arts by Pode magazine and the Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the American Institute of Architects in 2011; the International Achievements Award presented by World Trade Center Miami in 2010; and the Wright Brother’s Award from the Greater Miami Aviation Association in 2009, among others. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Engineering Contractor.