FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 19, 2016) – The Lee County Port Authority is pleased to announce the promotion of Gary E. Duncan, C.M., to deputy executive director of aviation for the Lee County Port Authority, effective June 1, 2016. In this new role, Duncan will lead the largest division of nearly 300 employees at Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field and be responsible for the fiscal, administrative and operational oversight of maintenance, the Airport Police Department, contract management, operations and safety, aviation programs and technology and Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting, as well as Base Operations at Page Field. Duncan joined the Lee County Port Authority in 2001 as division director of aviation, responsible for the daily management of the aviation departments at both airports. Prior to joining LCPA, he worked at the Jacksonville Port Authority for nine years in various roles, including operations specialist, special projects coordinator, planning and grants administrator and general aviation manager.

From 1985 to 1992, Duncan was on active duty with the U.S. Navy as an aviation electrician serving aboard the USS Saratoga and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 2005. Duncan is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives and currently serves on the board of directors for the Florida Airports Council as secretary/treasurer. He is a member of the Airports Council International – North America, where he was a past chair of the public safety and security committee. In addition, Duncan is a member of the National Business Aircraft Association and served as the Southwest Florida Chair for the Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process from 2009 to 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science in aviation management from Southern Illinois University.