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8/16/2006 - Gardner Named Executive Director of Florida's Busiest Airport Orlando International

ORLANDO, FL. - At its August meeting, the Board for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) appointed Steve Gardner as Executive Director for GOAA which operates Orlando International and Orlando Executive Airports.

In his new role, Gardner is responsible for operation and management of both airports with an annual budget of over $300 million and more than 700 employees. Orlando International Airport serves more than 34 million passengers annually, making it the busiest airport in the state of Florida.

Aviation Authority Chairman Jeff Fuqua said of Gardners appointment by the Board, "Steve has done an excellent job while serving as Interim Executive Director. He has a wealth of history and knowledge of the Authority as well as an extensive development and construction background. It is expected that Steves strategic vision will serve the needs of the airport and the community. So, the Board and I look forward to working with him in the future as we prepare to meet the challenges of capacity, new airline lease and use agreements and the demands of operating an airport in a highly fluid aviation industry."

Gardner has served as Interim Executive Director for the past several months. Previously he was Senior Director of Engineering and Construction for the Authority. In that position, Gardner was responsible for overall planning, engineering, construction, environmental and maintenance projects at both airports.

Gardner has 33 years of extensive experience in construction management. He has been involved in numerous projects since 1977 including the design and construction of the new Orlando International Airport terminal complex and an expanded airfield.

Prior to rejoining the Authority in June 2001, Gardner held a series of key development management positions with various Central Florida organizations that included the Expressway Authority, Orange County Public Schools and other major tourism projects in the region.

Steve has a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from George Washington University and also a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.


For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.


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