New Naples Airport Chief Named
February 22, 2016
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  • The City of Naples Airport Authority has named Chris Rozansky its next executive director.

    He’ served as director of Venice Municipal Airport since 2010.

    Rozansky will join the Naples Airport Authority March 28 and take on the executive director position April 16.

    That’s the day after Ted Soliday — executive director since 1994 — retires.

    The change in command will come shortly after Naples Municipal Airport, a certificated air-carrier airport, welcomes the return of scheduled commercial airline flights,

    The airport hasn’t had airline service since 2007.

    The new service from Elite Airways starts Saturday, with an 8:30 a.m. Naples-to-Newark, New Jersey, departure.

    In addition to weekly non-stop flights between Naples and Newark, plans call for twice-weekly flights to Newark, with a stop at Vero Beach Regional Airport, and to Portland, Maine, with a stop at Orlando Melbourne International Airport,

    Naples Municipal Airport is home to flight schools, air charter operators, car rental agencies and corporate aviation and nonaviation businesses as well as fire/rescue services, mosquito control, the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and other community services.

    Incoming executive director Rozansky served internships at four airports and graduated from Ohio State University in 2003. He joined Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, Texas, where he became operations manager, before moving to Venice.

    Since then, he’s drawn significant professional recognition.

    The Florida Department of Transportation named Rozanksy 2012 Aviation Professional of the Year.

    Airport Business magazine named him among the 2012 Top Forty Under 40 in the airport business.

    He earned the Certified Member designation from the American Association of Airport Executives.