Carver joins Burrell Aviation as CEO

Burrell Aviation (a subsidiary of The Burrell Group) has announced John Carver as CEO, effective August 15, 2022. Carver, who brings over two decades of experience in logistics and aviation to the company, will oversee the development and expansion activities of Burrell Aviation as it continues to advance aviation-centric infrastructure at strategically located airports across the U.S.

Most recently, Carver served as Deputy Executive Director – Special Projects at Los Angeles World Airports from 2016 – 2020.  His efforts focused on projects utilizing private sector financing as part of a $14 billion LAX capital improvement program to modernize the airport’s transportation systems.

Carver also led the Land Optimization and Airport Resiliency Task Forces to ensure that land assets at LAX were utilized to their highest and best use and to protect the airport from disruption of operations due to emergency power loss.

Additionally, Carver served as Executive Director of VICC USA, a 22-member consortium formed to bring leading-edge cargo handling technologies and practices to international gateway airports within North America.

 “John’s airport experience in both the public administration and private sector brings a broad and thorough perspective to the table, which is certain to be valued by our airport partners and investors,” said Dan Burrell, Executive Chairman of Burrell Aviation. Burrell added, “John’s ideas and forward thinking will be an asset to our rapidly growing company’s leadership.”

Carver will lead the company’s efforts to expand its market position within the North American airport system. Burrell Aviation’s portfolio of airside cargo and logistics position is expected to reach as many as 20 properties by the end of 2022, with each airport representing an opportunity, through privately sourced funding, to create needed infrastructure and accelerate revenue generation for the partner airport and its customers.

Carver will be based in Burrell Aviation’s corporate offices in Aspen, CO.

About Burrell Aviation: 

Burrell Aviation is a division of The Burrell Group. The Burrell Group was formed in 2007 by Founder and Executive Chairman Daniel C. Burrell and serves as the holding company for a consortium of individual business interests in a variety of sectors, including aviation, medical education and health care technology, financial services, security and life safety systems, commercial and residential real estate, food services, hospitality, and natural resources.

For more information about Burrell Aviation or The Burrell Group, contact Christopher Oldroyd at, or visit the Burrell Aviation website at

Entrance Sign, Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport, Brooksville

Burrell Aviation Leases 86 Acres at Brooksville – Tampa Bay

Development will center on air cargo, maintenance and repair operations and logistics.

Burrell Aviation Brooksville, LLC, part of Burrell Aviation, plans to develop an 86-acre parcel of infield airport land parallel to the Brooksville–Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV) primary runway for air cargo and logistics. This transformational project encompasses at least 700,000sf of space, capital investment estimated at more than $75 million and job creation greater than 900 at full capacity. Facility development, marketing and securing of anchor tenants may take up to four years.

Addressing the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners on April 12, 2022, John Rodstrom, Burrell Aviation’s chief of financial services, stated, “What really kind of led us here was COVID; what it did was unlock e-commerce in this country like we’ve never seen in our lifetime.” He added, “We don’t think that genie’s going back in the bottle.”

Burrell Aviation was formed to meet the surging demand for air cargo, freight and logistics solutions in the continental United States, Mexico, and Canada through a public-private partnership model. The company’s core business lines are air cargo, storage (cold and dry), private hangars, aircraft maintenance and repair (MRO) and distribution/transit trucking centers. In addition to these, Burrell Aviation continues to explore other complementary business lines.

To counter supply chain strain and congestion at major airport hubs, Burrell Aviation determined that smaller, more easily accessible municipal airports represent an unprecedented opportunity. The company has targeted Florida as one of the states for the initial build-out of its air cargo ecosystem. Among general aviation airports evaluated in Florida, BKV was identified as prime for development and investment. Its strategic location, infrastructure investment, relationships with funding agencies and successful technology park were factors in choosing BKV as an initial site. On the reasons they chose BKV, David Goldschmidt, Burrell Aviation chief executive officer,  told the Board of County Commissioners, “It’s through growth in Hernando County and the Florida market as well as the great efforts and support by Valerie Pianta and her team and (the ease of) working with your county.”

Proximity makes BKV a sound choice to relieve cargo congestion from Tampa International and Orlando International airports. Other elements such as an air traffic control tower, ample runway length and significant airfield capabilities also ensure that the airport is well-positioned for this type of growth. According to Hernando County Administrator, Jeff Rogers, “To get to today, the county has been investing, for many years and millions of dollars in funds from the DOT, FAA and the county not only for runways but also the roadways next to it and the extended infrastructure.” Rogers added “We believe strongly in Burrell Aviation. We view this project as a partnership for the future.”


Valerie Pianta, economic development director said, “We are delighted to have worked with The Burrell Group for the past year on this significant aviation project; the spirit of collaboration for it to come to fruition this quickly has been evident. I look forward to future work with the Burrell Aviation team.”