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Airport hires general manager

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

Truckee Tahoe Airport District announced Monday that David V. Gotschall has been selected as the airport’s new general manager.

The airport has been without a permanent general manager since June 2000, when Peter Soderquist resigned. Phred Stoner has been acting as interim general manager.

“My wife comes from one of the original Tahoe families,” Gotschall said via E-mail on Wednesday. “We both have loved the area since we were kids and always wanted to live here if the opportunity ever presented itself. As you might guess, this is a dream come true for us.”

According to a press release issued by the Truckee Tahoe Airport District, Gotschall recently served as vice president of airport relations and government affairs with eRIDE, an Internet company in the e-commerce and business travel industry.

Gotschall has more than 20 years of aviation industry experience spanning both field and executive level positions.

He began his aviation career with the U.S. Army in 1980. During his nearly eight years of service he had direct responsibility for numerous operations including flight operations, student pilot instruction and maintenance flight tests.

Gotschall joined San Jose International Airport as an an operations superintendent in 1988. He was promoted to operations manager and was involved with airport certification, general aviation, airlines, parking and ground transportation.

Gotschall has attended San Jose State University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and Thomas Edison State College.

He is also a certified member of the Association of American Airport Executives.

Now a resident of Morgan Hill, a rural city of about 28,000 outside of San Jose, Gotschall grew up in Southern California and has lived in the state most of his life.

Gotschall’s first day is scheduled for April 9.

Board President Don Bedard was unavailable for comment.

Airport staff has yet to meet Gotschall, but look forward to introductions next week.


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