ORLANDO, FL — One of the first scheduled orders of business for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board at its April meeting was to select the board officers for the ensuing two years. By a voice vote, the five board members present elected to retain the incumbent slate of officers. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Board Member Jim Palmer were not present.
The Aviation Authority Board officers are as follows:
• Frank Kruppenbacher – Chairman
• Dean Asher – Vice Chairman
• Domingo Sanchez – Treasurer
• Phil Brown – Secretary
• Dayci Burnette-Snyder – Assistant Secretary
In making the motion to retain the current officers, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said, “With all the projects underway it is important to have consistency in leadership.”
Orlando International Airport has experienced record passenger growth with more than 39.5 million passengers annually. To accommodate the increase, the Authority is engaged in a $3.1 billion Capital Improvement Plan. The projects currently in design or under construction will enhance operational efficiency and expand capacity.
Of the Authority’s seven-member board, five are appointed to a four-year term by the Governor of the State of Florida and one each elected from the Orange County Commission and the Orlando City Council for a two-year term as long as they are in office. The public body serves without compensation.
The Authority was created to provide a means to serve the public interest through the coordination of the planning, financing, construction and operation of aviation facilities. It establishes organizational policies and exercises autonomous control over all issues, except that the City, as land owner, retains the right to ratify long term leases, approve revenue bond issues, buy and sell land (eminent domain) and to review, though not to change, the Authority budget.
Basic MCO information: MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and 14th busiest in the U.S. The airport has 18,000 employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide focus and design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.