Managing a Major Airport Authority
Today, Grossman manages the thriving JAA, which
encompasses four airports.
have a great airport system where each airport plays
a different role and complements each he noted.
The main commercial hub, Jacksonville International
Airport, generates about 80 percent of the
revenue, he said. The authority also includes Jacksonville
Executive at Craig Airport the business airport, closest to downtown, the beaches and the office parks in the
Southside area; Herlong Recreational Airport; and
Cecil, the industrial airport.
former naval air station, Cecil is specifically operated to attract industry and noncommercial aviation
users to an environment where their needs will be catered
said Grossman, adding that one of the most successful conversions of a military airfield to civilian use in
the U.S. like Boeing, Pratt and Whitney,
LSI, Flightstar and others have located there, as well as
government agencies such as the U.S. Navy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard and the
In 2011, under leadership, Cecil Airport
was awarded a spaceport license by the Federal Aviation
Administration. only the eighth official spaceport in the
U.S., the first in Florida and the first in an urbanized area.
Before joining JAA, Grossman served as director of
aviation for the Port of Oakland in California for 17
years. There he was responsible for the operation,
management and marketing of the aviation program.
He has served on the Airports Council International
World Governing Board and is now a member of the
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors,
the United Way Campaign Cabinet and the Jacksonville
University Aviation Advisory Board.
Contributing to the Industry
In addition to trying to enhance the industry through
his work with ACI-North America, including serving as
board chairman in 2006 and as a member of the Airport
Oversight Committee for the Airport Cooperative
Research Program, Grossman has focused on two areas of
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first is taking a very business-like approach to
running he said. airports are a government function in the U.S., they have evolved into businesses that must be nurtured and operated similar to
private-sector businesses. Deals for facilities must make
Grossman said he and his team review a number of
financial metrics each month to determine the strength