Airport Director, Daytona Beach International Airport
Rick Karl is the airport director of the Daytona Beach International Airport, and the Director of Aviation and Economic Resources for Volusia County, Florida. He is one of seven county department heads, and he oversees the airport division and the economic development division. Rick is an “av” rated attorney with over 36 years of high level business management and law practice experience in both the public and private sectors.
As airport director, Rick is responsible for the modern 175,000 sq. ft. terminal and approximately 2,000 acres of real estate. Located at the intersection of two major transportation corridors (I-95 and I-4), the airport is the gateway to the City of Daytona Beach, lying 3.8 miles from the coast. The major airport tenants include the Daytona International Speedway, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and three fixed base operators. Key local stakeholders include the Volusia Mall, Halifax Health, Daytona State College, University of Central Florida, and Bethune-Cookman University. The airport is currently served by Delta Air Lines, U.S. Airways and JetBlue, and airport management is aggressively pursuing new air service opportunities.
The Division of Economic Development (DOED) is the lead economic development organization for the county, and the DOED director reports to Rick. The DOED works closely with Enterprise Florida and with the local economic development organizations that include the 16 municipalities within the county, and the public-private partnership known as Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation.
Rick is also responsible for the county’s state and federal legislative agenda. Working closely with county lobbyists, the county has successfully championed state legislation for county-wide initiatives and has developed strong ties with the local congressional delegation.
This panel includes top airline executives from some of the largest airports across the state. Listen in as the panelists discuss the current trends among air service, upcoming challenges and opportunities in addition to crisis management strategies and tactics. This session promises to be an engaging and educational session for all sectors of the tourism industry.