Raymond A. Laroche, A.A.E., Promoted to Director of Operations & Maintenance
PUNTA GORDA, FL (January 28, 2022) – The Charlotte County Airport Authority announces that Raymond A. Laroche, A.A.E has been promoted to Director of Operations & Maintenance at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD). He will continue to oversee security, safety, and maintenance and will now oversee the airside and landside operations departments as well.
Raymond, who had served as the Manager of Facilities and Security at PGD for five years, recently earned the distinction of Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Raymond will continue to report to COO Gary Duncan, C.M.
Raymond has an Associates in Counter Terrorism Studies as well as a Bachelor’s in Emergency and Disaster Management, both from American Public University where he is currently working towards a Masters in Legal Studies. Raymond is a Veteran of the United States Army, where he volunteered for the Army Airborne program and was assigned the 82nd Airborne Division 3rd Brigade 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. After his service in the Army, Raymond joined the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in 2003 during the initial roll-out and found himself drawn to security in aviation.
Raymond became a screening manager with TSA for the first decade of the agency’s existence, and worked at Burlington International Airport, Southwest Florida International Airport and Punta Gorda Airport. Raymond was honored as one of Airport Business Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2014. Raymond is celebrating his eighth year of employment at PGD and is active in the local community through Leadership Charlotte and various aviation-industry groups such as AAAE, ACI-NA and Florida Airports Council.
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About Punta Gorda Airport
The Charlotte County Airport Authority (CCAA), governed by five elected commissioners, owns and operates the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), located at 28000 Airport Road, five minutes off I-75, exits 161 and 164. PGD provides quick and easy access to Southwest Florida, and is home to commercial air service, air charters, medical transport services, aircraft maintenance and avionics repair, as well as flight schools, distributers and manufacturers. CCAA is a nontaxing entity and operates as an enterprise fund, totally supported by revenue generated from its operations including rental car concession, parking, fuel sales and hangar, building and land leases on its 2,000-acre property. The CCAA is an independent special district pursuant to chapter 189, Florida Statutes, and operates in accordance with FAA requirements and guidelines. A 2018 economic impact study by the FDOT estimated that PGD is responsible for 12,392 jobs and $1.275 billion in total economic output. For more information, visit www.flypgd.com.
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