Rita Cuddihy and Kerry Dustin Appointed to Naples Airport Authority Board of Commissioners
– James Rideoutte completes his term –
NAPLES, Fla. (Dec. 14, 2021) – The Naples City Council has appointed Rita Cuddihy to the Naples Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. Cuddihy replaces Commissioner James Rideoutte, whose term ends later this month.
Cuddihy is retired from a vibrant career in travel and hospitality. Most recently an Area Vice President at Marriott International, she also held several executive positions at US Airways and Continental Airlines, including President and CEO of US Airways Shuttle. She is currently on the Hospitality School Advisory Board for Metropolitan State University.
Kerry Dustin, currently the Vice Chair of the Naples Airport Authority, has also been reappointed for a second four-year term. Dustin is the founder and CEO of Falls River Group, a global mergers and acquisition advisory firm based in Naples.
Other Naples Airport Authority Commissioners include Chair Michael Lenhard, Donna M. Messer and Richard “Rick” Ruppert.
The Naples Airport Authority would like to recognize Commissioner James Rideoutte for his years of service to the airport and the community and wishes him well as he completes his term.
The board is comprised of five citizen volunteers who are appointed by the Naples City Council to four-year terms to govern the Naples Airport Authority. 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 FlyNaples.com.
Home to flight schools, air charter operators, car rental agencies, and corporate aviation and non-aviation businesses, Naples Airport is also a central location for public services, including fire/rescue services, mosquito control, the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and other community services. Naples Airport is ideally located within minutes of downtown Naples, the Gulf of Mexico and I-75.
All funds used for the airport’s operation, maintenance and improvements are generated from activities at the airport or federal and state grants from aviation-related user fees. The airport receives no local tax dollars. The Florida Department of Transportation values the airport’s annual economic impact to the community at more than $440 million.
For more information or to subscribe to email updates from the airport, visit FlyNaples.com.
Zachary Burch, Naples Airport Authority, 239-643-0733, email@example.com