Naples Airport Authority Announces New Chair and Vice Chair of Board of Commissioners
The Naples Airport Authority is pleased to announce the new Chair and Vice Chair of its Board of Commissioners for 2022. Kerry Dustin will serve as the Chair while Rick Ruppert will serve as the Vice Chair.
Since joining the NAA Board in 2018, Dustin has spearheaded several public-focused projects, including the federally regulated Part 150 Noise Study. The Noise Study evaluates the impacts of aircraft related noise on airport neighbors and identifies potential noise abatement measures.
In his new role as Chair, Dustin will lead the board by setting NAA goals and objectives as well as ensuring they are achieved. He says he attends each meeting with an open mind while encouraging candid dialogue about all opportunities and issues.
“Between the thousands of local employees who support their families and the economic impact of our residents, visitors, on-airport businesses and tenants, the Naples Airport is critical in ensuring the economic health of our community,” Dustin said.
Dustin founded Falls River Group LLC, a global mergers and acquisition advisory firm based in Naples, almost 30 years ago. His business philosophy is based on ethics, commitment and trust, which has contributed to his firm’s long-term success.
Ruppert joined the NAA Board in 2020, having lived in Naples for the past several years and previously serving on the Gulf Shore Association of Condominiums liaison to the NAA. As Vice Chair, he will assist Dustin in accomplishing the board’s goals and objectives. His skills, leadership and perspective will benefit both the NAA and the Naples community.
Throughout his 40-year career, Ruppert worked in executive-level roles at several corporations, including Jet Aviation, The Walt Disney Company and Ulta Beauty.
Board of Commissioners meetings are held monthly at Naples City Hall; they are open to the public and available for online viewing through the city’s website. To review the 2022 meeting schedule, visit the NAA website.