Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Samad “Sam” Rashid to the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.
A Hillsborough County business executive, Rashid, 52, is also a well-known fundraiser for the GOP. The Valrico resident is also CEO of Holtec USA, the American division of a German manufacturer of specialized lumber production equipment.
Dr. Joseph Diaco, a Charlie Crist appointee, previously held the now-open Aviation Authority seat. When learning his appointment would not be renewed by Scott, Diaco sent a letter saying he would not reapply for the position.
Diaco’s departure left two positions on the Aviation Board Scott will need to fill.
Tampa International is in the process of an $841 million expansion, part of a makeover expected to develop over the next 20 years. Plans include a 1.3-mile elevated system connecting the main terminal to a merged rental car facility on the airport’s south side, as well as 50,300 square feet of additional space in the terminal.
Rahsid’s term ends July 1, 2017.