COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) announced that its Director of Operations Charles Goodwin has been named Chief Business Development Officer. He will oversee air service development, concessions, real estate, parking & ground transportation and will continue to manage cargo development and Rickenbacker Aviation.
“We are excited to see how Charlie’s depth of expertise and commitment to our organization will further enhance CRAA’s dynamic and evolving business development programs,” said CRAA President & CEO Joseph R. Nardone. “Charlie has successfully led many facets of the airport authority and, under his guidance and leadership, these business development teams will continue to flourish.”
Goodwin has been with CRAA for nearly 20 years in many leadership capacities including aviation security, energy & environmental, aircraft ground handling, and aviation operations. Last year he was named the American Association of Airport Executives’ Great Lakes Chapter Airport Professional of the Year for his leadership during COVID-19.
“Charlie’s leadership, planning, attitude, and innovation led to CRAA breaking cargo, fuel, and revenue goals during the pandemic, and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next,” said Nardone.
A Navy veteran with a master of business in Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University’s Max M. Fisher College of Business and a bachelor’s of science in aerospace technology from Indiana State University, Goodwin is also a Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt, a private pilot, and accredited airport executive.
“I look forward to collaborating with these business development teams as we continue to find new ways to delight our customers and diversify our business,” said Goodwin. “These are exciting times for our airports and I am honored to be a part of it.”