VP of Real Estate & Commercial Development

  • Full Time
  • Florida

Website Sanford Airport Authority

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The Sanford Airport Authority is entering into an exciting new chapter of success. Its four-runway system, over 200 tenants, and 2400 total acres of the property offer an extensive palette of possibilities for expanding current businesses and attracting new ones. The central Florida Orlando metropolitan area has an amazing influx of new businesses and residents from other parts of the country. Seminole County (where SFB resides) has the most significant growth potential of the key counties that form the metro area. The nearly four thousand homes planned and in the process of being constructed near the airport are emblematic of this anticipated growth expected to occur and sustained over at least the next decade. The Orlando Sanford International Airport is one of the centerpieces of this growth projection, and the ensuing years are expected to be an exciting era of new eco-devo success.

This Airport Authority comprises just over a hundred employees, and this VP of Real Estate & Business Development is a new executive-level position. Working closely with the Executive Staff led by the President & CEO, this individual will be involved in an exciting synergism of business development that will be as stimulating as it will be fulfilling to see a new era of development unfold. Seminole County and the City of Sanford are wonderfully collaborative partners supporting the airport in its economic development endeavors. This position will primarily focus on airport-owned land and facilities development as the air service development side of the equation is already well on its way. SFB has a unique PPP with Vinci Airports, one of the world’s leading contracted airport operating firms. This PPP plays a prominent role in the air service development initiative from a contractual perspective.


  • Lead the strategic development and execution of a robust new growth plan for all property owned and operated by the Airport Authority, as well as any opportunities near the airport
  • Make decisions regarding budgeting, property management, leases, and real estate development
    Perform financial/demographic analysis to ensure the airport is using its current assets to their maximum potential with minimal risk
  • Identify new areas of opportunity for growth; investigate current markets, new markets, and acquisition targets or sales to maximize the opportunity to capitalize on growth potential
  • Study industry-specific and related real estate activity to spot trends and opportunities
  • Understand, manage, and streamline the development process between internal teams, architects, engineers, contractors, and other vendors
  • Implement processes to ensure successful execution of development opportunities, ensuring they are on time and budget
  • Evolve processes and efficiencies continually around real estate development and property management
  • Establish and implement an integrated strategic plan for business development at the airport that identifies real estate, non-aviation, and commercial and industrial business development opportunities and strategic planning for airport future land requirements
  • Develop, coordinate, and work with the Director of Communications to implement marketing and public relation programs designed to identify and capitalize on new business opportunities to maximize the utilization and revenue from the airport’s land and facilities
  • Establish and oversee processes for marketing, completing, and awarding business development opportunities on airport land within the guidelines of the State of Florida’s procurement policies, including preparation of requests for proposals
  • Prospect new developers and businesses interested in establishing a presence at the airport by researching various resources for potential business, creating proposals, and making presentations to prospective tenants
  • Coordinates the negotiation of new business opportunities with current and prospective tenants of the airport, including specific terms and conditions, development plans, investment, and financing
  • Coordinates the engagement of industry specialists to analyze potential opportunities and market those opportunities to prospective tenants
  • Initiates and maintains strong and productive client relationship management strategies and tactics to ensure opportunities for investment in the airport
  • Effectively interfaces with other airport staff in the research and analysis required to develop opportunities and marketing materials for the airport
  • Attend industry networking and industry convention

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Ten (10) years of experience in Real Estate Development Required
  • Five years experience in airport Real Estate Development (Preferred)
  • Experience in Airport Real Estate Development, Lease Management, Marketing, Public Grant, and FAA Funding is strongly preferred

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Principles and techniques of real estate development, business management, industrial development, marketing, advertising, promotion, and salesmanship
  • Principles, methods, practices, and techniques involved in real estate development, new business development, leasing, and strategic asset management
  • Knowledge of economics, forecasting, and risk/benefits analysis
    Strong analytical prowess, presentation skills, and ability to analyze and formulate solutions to complex problems
  • Experience and or knowledge of airport administration and federal regulatory requirements related to airport
  • property management, development, and business operations
  • Familiarity with the aerospace industry nomenclature and current challenges and trends
  • Experience in developing and placing various mediums for advertising, including optimizing an airport’s web site for attracting prospective aviation and non-aviation development needs
  • Demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written sales and deal negotiation’s techniques, including pre-qualifications, term negotiations from start to finish, and other intrinsic and extrinsic dynamics involved in attracting and closing a business arrangement involving leased land or existing facilities
  • Reasonable familiarity with business acumen with different cultures outside of the United States
  • Familiarity with Public-Private Partnership opportunities and ability to recognize where, if any, these types of opportunities are appropriate on airport property
  • Possess a talent combining professionalism and development savvy that can combine with development initiative that will be a standout when comparing SFB Airport’s development program with other Florida competing airports


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To apply for this job email your details to dmaybin@osaa.net

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