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rick piccoloRick Piccolo

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President and CEO, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

Fredrick Piccolo has more than 45 years experience in the aviation industry and has been president, and CEO of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport since 1995.

He began his career as a janitor at the Buffalo International Airport, and after earning a bachelor of science in business administration degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, held several positions that include building superintendent, property manager, assistant to airport manager, and assistant director of operations. Locally, he worked in the the operations department at Tampa International Airport and, prior to his position at SRQ, he was the assistant airport director at St. Petersburg-Clearwater Interational Airport.

Piccolo has served as President of the Florida Airports Council. He has achieved executive accreditation to the American Association of Airport Executives, the largest professional airport managers association in the world. Mr. Piccolo served as the 2007 Chair of the Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA), an aviation organization that represents local, regional, state, and national governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States, Canada, and the Virgin Islands. He also serves as chairman on the board of directors of Airports Council International - World, which unites all the airports in the world into a single organization.

The Florida Department of Transportation selected Piccolo as the 2005 Aviation Professional of the Year. The Federal Aviation Adminstration also chose him as the 2005 Airport Manager of the Year. In October 2009, Airport Revenue News announced Piccolo as the winner of the "Small Airport CEO of the Year for 2009." Members of the aviation industry nationwide vote on this award.

Piccolo is past chairman of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a past recipient of the Premier Volunteer Award, an honor given for his significant leadership commitment to the Chamber and community.

Piccolo is married wiht three sons, and two grandchildren.

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