The Naples City council appointed Donna Messer and Raymond Stricklen to the board of commissioners of the City of Naples Airport Authority. The board includes five citizen volunteers, each appointed a four-year term to govern the airport authority.
Messer and Stricklen are replacing John Allen and Cormac Giblin, whose terms expired. Other commissioners are Dick Evans, John Nocera and James Rideoutte.
Messer founded Carl Ryan Associates LLC, a Naples firm that specializes in coaching, mentoring, team building and facilitation, in 2006. She has been affiliated with Kansas-based Overland Resource Group since 2008, consulting on labor-management collaboration. She previously spent three decades with American Airlines in a variety of executive positions in human resources, customer and flight service, marketing and sales.
Messer has served on the board of Baby Basics of Collier County since 2013. She volunteers as a mentor for Providence House, which serves homeless mothers and their children, and Junior Women of Initiative, a program of the Community Foundation of Collier County Women’s Initiative Network.
Stricklen is a senior consultant for Leidos, a defense contractor based in Arlington, Virginia.
The Air Force veteran also holds an airline transport pilot certificate and has more than 5,000 hours of turbojet and turboprop experience. His career includes working for Science Applications International Corporation and Honeywell with experience in aerospace electronics, space and aviation control and systems marketing.
The Florida Legislature created the City of Naples Airport Authority in 1969 as a governmental unit charged with the operation, development and improvement of Naples Municipal Airport. All funds used for the airport’s operation, maintenance and improvements are generated from activities at the airport or from federal and state grants; the airport receives no tax dollars. The Florida Department of Transportation values the airport’s economic impact to the community at more than $273 million annually.
Naples Municipal Airport, a certificated air-carrier 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. During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the airport accommodated 91,605 takeoffs and landings.