Governor appoints Rick Piccolo to USF Board of Trustees

Piccolo is a decorated aviation executive.

On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed FredrickRickPiccolo to the University of South Florida Board of Trustees.

Piccolo is President and CEO of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and is a U.S. Army veteran.

His appointment is subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Piccolo has more than 45 years of experience in the aviation industry. He has been CEO of the Sarasota-Bradenton airport since 1995. In 2005, the Florida Department of Transportation named Piccolo its Aviation Professional of the Year. In 2009, Airport Revenue News awarded Piccolo its Small Airport CEO of the Year award.

He formerly chaired the Airports Council International World and Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and is a board member on the Bradenton Area Economic Development Council. Piccolo earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Piccolo has an All-American rise to prominence story, having begun his career as a janitor at the Buffalo International Airport before earning his degree. Over the years, he held several positions with the airport, including building superintendent, property manager, assistant to the airport manager, and assistant director of operations.

Piccolo also worked in the operations department at Tampa International Airport and as the assistant airport director at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

He holds executive accreditation with the American Association of Airport Executives, the world’s largest airport managers association.

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  • Winfield Beyea

    August 11, 2021 at 3:06 pm

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