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Mariotti, Piccolo join USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: October 27, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2017)USF Sarasota-Manatee has welcomed two new members to its Campus Board. William Joseph “Bill” Mariotti and Frederick “Rick” Piccolo were appointed by the USF Board of Trustees as members of the five-person board. They join fellow members, USF System Trustee and Campus Board Chair Byron Shinn, David Eckel and Dr. Anila Jain.

“The appointments of Bill and Rick are excellent decisions, as both have demonstrated strong community leadership abilities and a commitment to USF Sarasota-Manatee,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, interim regional chancellor for USFSM. “As they work with their fellow members of the Campus Board and lend their voices to important issues affecting our campus, I am confident that, moving forward, we will receive the best guidance and governance possible.”

Mariotti and Piccolo were appointed to four-year terms ending June 30, 2021.

Mariotti, Piccolo join USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board

Bill Mariotti

Mariotti, the president and CEO of Bill Mariotti Site Development Co., Inc., is a USFSM alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in business, with concentrations in management and marketing.

He also is president of Mariotti Asphalt and Mariotti Utilities, a family owned business since 1952, providing complete site development for residential, industrial and commercial properties.

Mariotti has received recognition in Who’s Who on multiple occasions. He was inducted into the Metropolitan Who’s Who Registry, of which inclusion is limited to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and/or achievement in their occupation, industry or profession. He is the past president of the Sarasota Site Contractors Association.

Mariotti is active in the community, serving on boards and committees of the Loveland Center, Children’s First (Head Start Program) and The Haven. He is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and serves as treasurer of the House Corporation for the USF Chapter in Tampa.

Mariotti, Piccolo join USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board

Rick Piccolo

Piccolo has been the president and CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) since 1995.

After earning a bachelor degree in business administration from the State University of New York Buffalo, he began his career as a janitor at the Buffalo International Airport (BIA). He held several positions at BIA including building superintendent, property manager, assistant to airport manager and assistant director of operations. Locally, he worked in the operations department at Tampa International Airport and, prior to his position at SRQ, he was the assistant airport director at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

Piccolo has served as president of the Florida Airports Council. He has achieved executive accreditation to the American Association of Airport Executives, the largest professional airport managers association in the world. Mr. Piccolo served as the 2007 chair of the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). He also served as chair on the Board of Directors of Airports Council International.

The Florida Department of Transportation selected Piccolo as the 2005 Aviation Professional of the Year. The Federal Aviation Administration also chose him as the 2005 Commercial Service Airport Manager of the Year. In October 2009, Airport Revenue News announced Piccolo as the winner of the “Small Airport CEO of the Year for 2009.”

Piccolo is a past chair of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a past recipient of the Premier Volunteer Award, an honor given for his significant leadership commitment to the Chamber and community.

The Campus Board functions as USFSM’s governing body. Members serve single four-year terms but may be reappointed once by trustees.

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