City of Tallahassee Appoints New Assistant Aviation Director

By: City of Tallahassee Press Release
By: City of Tallahassee Press Release

Assistant City Manager Jay Townsend today (1-14) announced the appointment of Marshall J. Taggart Jr. as assistant director of the City of Tallahassee's Aviation Department. Taggart most recently served as senior concession manager for the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. His appointment with the City of Tallahassee is effective Feb. 1.

While at Hartsfield-Jackson, Taggart initiated client contacts for new services and products to enhance customer experience at the world's busiest airport. He also negotiated concession contracts worth $40 million in gross revenue to the City of Atlanta. Taggart also developed, negotiated and managed contracts for a variety of airport businesses and services ranging from retail operations to improved Wi-Fi and cellular phone services for passengers. Due in part to his efforts, Hartsfield-Jackson received the 2009 'Best Concessions Management Team Award' from Airport Revenue News magazine.

Prior to his role in Atlanta, Taggart served as a planning and real estate manager for the City of Chicago's Department of Aviation. In that position, Taggart was responsible for project management and airline tenant relations for Chicago's Midway International Airport. He also served as director of Airport Concessions at Midway, where he developed and managed over 55,000 square feet of new retail concessions, including news and gifts, food and beverage and business services.

"I'm pleased that Marshall Taggart will be joining our award-winning team at Tallahassee Regional Airport," said Townsend, who is also serving as interim director of the City's Aviation Department. "His track record of success at two of the world's most prominent international airports will certainly help guide Tallahassee Regional's growth as a key component in local and regional economic development efforts."

Taggart graduated with honors with both a master's degree in Public Administration (1997) and a bachelor's degree in Accounting (1992) at Clark Atlanta University. He also is a 2008 graduate of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Executive Leadership Institute and a 2007 recipient of NFBPA's Young Public Administrator of the Year Award.

The City's Aviation Department operates and maintains the Tallahassee Regional Airport. The Airport serves 32 counties in a three-state region with over 75 flights daily, including nonstop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Memphis, along with a number of key Florida cities.

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