LAWA Airport Management

Richard Connolly, Deputy Executive Director Facilities Management

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Mr. Connolly was appointed as lead of Facilities Management, January 6, 2020, where he employs his industry acumen to lead a 1,300-employee facility maintenance team, manage annual facilities budgets exceeding a quarter billion dollars, direct routine maintenance, respond to emergencies, and manage all Los Angeles World Airports infrastructure, utilities, and fleet.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Connolly served as the Director of Maintenance Airports II of the Facilities and Technical Services Division, directed a staff of 245 with an annual budget of $45M, performing 24/7 facilities maintenance and operation of the Electrical, Conveyance, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Construction, Job Order Contracting, Utility Shutdown scheduling, and Construction Liaison Sections. Previous experience in this position also includes managing the Central Utility Plant, Los Angeles Fire Department Regulation 4 compliance, and the Custodial Section.

Mr. Connolly has been a Facility Management Professional, certified by the International Facility Management Association, since 2015, and has been a maintenance professional, with an emphasis on facilities operations and management, for over 30 years. He is an industry leader and reinforces his experience through education and professional memberships, including the International Facility Management Association Airports Council, National Fire Protection Association, American Association of Airport Executives, and most recently, Mr. Connolly, completed the Leadership Development Program from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

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