The LoCastro Report
Twenty-Fifth Edition
May 22, 2020
For Collier County Commissioner, District 1

  • Conservative Republican
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Graduate (1988)
  • Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Retired -- 24 Years of Service (1988 - 2012)
  • Combat Veteran & Senior NATO Commander (Afghanistan & Iraq)
  • Base Commander of Multiple City-Sized Military Installations
  • Managed Billions of Tax-Payer Dollars
  • Worked for two U.S. Presidents (Bush 41 & 43)
  • Former Chief Operating Officer, Physicians Regional Medical Center
  • Naples Leadership Collier Graduate
  • Naples Business Leader
  • Veteran Advocate, Rotary Club, American Legion Member
  • Student Mentor & High School/College Leadership Lecturer
  • Senator Scott Senior Veteran Advisor & Chair of His Service Academy Board
  • Marco Island Resident & East Naples Involved Citizen & Volunteer


Our Campaign Video premiered in the previous LoCastro Report. The video is a summary of the reasons I am running and my commitment to the job. If you haven't been able to watch, please take a couple minutes and let me know if you have any follow up questions.
Part 5
…many more to come!
Dr. Carlos Portu, MD
Former Chief of Medicine, Physicians Regional Medical Center, Naples
Current Owner Shoreline Physician Group, Naples

"…I had the pleasure of working directly with Rick LoCastro when he was the COO of Physicians Regional Medical Center in East Naples… In all my experiences with him, both as a hospital system employee and as Chief of Medicine, I found Rick to be a leader, a team player, and a common-sense decision maker. He worked tirelessly to pull our staff together, lead with contagious enthusiasm, and share his depth of knowledge in healthcare, strategic planning, legal issues, contracting, and most of all be caring for people. He led from the front. Rick could frequently be found walking the hallways of the hospital and outlying clinics interacting with staff & patients and gathering frontline feedback regarding our successes & challenges. This is the type of leader we need in our County Commissioner seat. He is well spoken and has the credible background to cross examine attorneys, developers, and those who may not have the best plan for our community. He knows how to budget and allocate resources to help get the most out of every penny. I saw first-hand his impact on our healthcare system with improving patient care, employee satisfaction, and overall performance. I would consider myself one of many local healthcare professionals who know Rick's reputation, integrity, healthcare expertise, and results. I can see why Physicians Regional aggressively recruited him to be a healthcare executive. I consider him a friend, a colleague, a valued citizen of our community, and he has my sincerest recommendation."
Jack Patterson
Rotary Club & American Legion Leader… and Marco Island Resident

"…Proud to endorse a candidate who has served us as Air Force Colonel, with experience in war zones, commanded military bases, and oversaw support of Air Force One. In local business he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Physicians Regional Medical Center here in East Naples. His background as a leader is what we need in Collier County--not a politician but one with ability to see the big picture and serve us as taxpayers. I have known him as member of the American Legion & Marco Rotary Club where he is well respected. Let us choose a Leader NOT a politician!"
B.A. Crisp, Author of Red Bird
Leadership Collier Class 2013
Naples Illustrated "Leading Lady" 2015
Former CCSO Civilian Volunteer
Former Vice Chair, PACE Center for Girls
Former Member of the Greater Naples Better Government Committee

"…Aside from his stellar military career, Rick has been an advocate, friend and role model for me. His loyalty, dedication and insight have served as inspiration… to be better, to do better and to raise the professional and personal bar of my existence. 

I’m a personal witness to Rick's leadership and compassion. When he was COO for Physicians Regional Medical Center, my mother-in-law, became very ill. Rick personally visited her room every day to ensure her comfort, ask how she was doing, and treated her and his staff with care and professionalism. He wasn't running for office then, nor was he possessed of an agenda, other than her well-being. Additionally, when I suffered a TIA, Rick showed up immediately in the emergency room and was a huge source of comfort and assistance. He showed genuine concern and provided impressive healthcare direction and expertise.

When he called us to say he was considering running for Commissioner for District 1, some of his first campaign words were, "I want to run a professional campaign on merit and to give back and make a difference." I was also honored when he asked me to introduce him at the Lely Players Club for his campaign kick-off. When I expressed concern that I wouldn't do his resume justice, he disagreed and said friendship was what was most important.

I don't have fancy words to offer. Nor do I carry large influence or "power" in Collier County—I speak with sincerity, from my heart. Rick is one of the finest human beings I've met in Collier County. I moved here almost twenty years ago. This is our home. It is Rick's home too. And through his leadership, along with our input and teamwork, I am confident Rick will guard our home with both intelligence and honor."
Tarik N Ayasun
Marco Island Resident & President Taray International Corp

"...I am enthusiastically and without reservations endorsing a true patriot Rick LoCastro, Conservative Republican for the office of Collier County District 1 Commissioner. Prior to this occasion, I do not recall ever endorsing any candidate for any political office. Now, however I am proudly and passionately endorsing Rick LoCastro for this office because I know he is the best candidate to represent District 1.

Rick spent his life as an Air Force officer reaching the rank of full Colonel. Those of us who know, will tell you that it is not an easy achievement. He was Commander of Support for Air Force One, and worked for two United States Presidents. Rick deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan post 9/11 serving our country proudly. He serves as a local Collier County advocate and volunteer for all veterans. He served as Base Commander and Group Commander for three major United States Air Bases around the country. After his military retirement, Rick held key local positions in Collier County and was the Chief Operating Officer of Physicians Regional Medical Center right here in East Naples for many years bringing incredible healthcare experience, skills and senior leadership to the hospital.

What makes Rick a uniquely qualified candidate for this office is his understanding and knowledge of how both government and the private sector works… and is in close personal touch with our local citizens. District 1 needs an energetic, active, hardworking, experienced, and disciplined Commissioner. He will equally and expertly fully represent District 1; from Marco Island to East Naples; from the Isles of Capri to Goodland and the surrounding communities.

I have personally and professionally known Rick's work, performance, and community involvement for many years. You can be sure he is the right person, at the right time to represent us ALL as our District 1 County Commissioner. He has my full endorsement!"
Previous Released Endorsements
Last Four LoCastro Reports

Thank you!

VANN ELLISON -- President & CEO St. Matthew's House (*doesn't constitute endorsement from organization)
PHIL WOOD -- CEO John R. Wood Properties
DAN LAVENDER -- President & CEO Moorings Park
JARED GRIFONI -- Vice Chairman Marco City Council
VICKI TRACY -- COO Gulf Coast International Properties & East Naples Resident
CARVELLI & SERRAVALLE FAMILIES -- Owners of Snook Inn, Marco Prime, Oyster Society, & Davinci's
DALE & MARIE MULLIN -- President, Wounded Warriors of Collier County
JANE WATT -- Founder & Board Chair, Marco Island Academy
GLENN & JANE BROWN -- Republican Leaders & Naples Residents
MARSHA WARNIKE -- Senior Realtor Premiere Plus & Republican Leader
GREGG SJOQUIST -- President & CEO, The Wasie Foundation Naples
SANDRA LEE BUXTON -- Owner Life in Naples Magazine
JANE & SANDY SCHUMAN -- Former President, Singapore Exchange Americas & Marco Residents/Leaders
DR RICHARD BLONNA -- Professor, William Paterson University, Author, Entrepreneur & Marco Resident
MIKE & SHARON DAVIDIAN -- Former CEO, American Industrial Tech & Arlington East Naples Residents
LEE RUBENSTEIN -- Commander, American Legion Post 404 Collier County
KELLY LICHTER -- President & Founder, Mason Classical Academy Naples
TOM & LINDA SESSA -- CEO, Sessa Sheet Metal Contractors & Marco Residents
PAM DESMET -- Goodland Resident & Goodland Secretary Civic Association

BRIGADIER GENERAL CHIP DIEHL -- U.S. Air Force (retired) Wing Commander, MacDill AFB & US Central Command 2001-2005, Tampa

MIMI SCOFIELD -- President, Scofield Productions Naples 

LARRY HONIG -- Member, Marco Island City Council

JACK FULMER -- Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (retired) Naples Resident & VFW Leader

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Rick LoCastro
Candidate for Collier County Commissioner, District 1
- Conservative Republican
- U.S. Air Force Academy Graduate (1988)
- Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Retired -- 24 Years of Service (1988 - 2012)
- Combat Veteran & Senior NATO Commander (Afghanistan & Iraq)
- Base Commander of Multiple City-Sized Military Installations
- Managed Billions of Tax-Payer Dollars
- Worked for two U.S. Presidents (Bush 41 & 43)
- Naples -- Leadership Collier Graduate
- Naples -- Business Leader
- East Naples -- Former Chief Operating Officer, Physicians Regional Medical Center
- Collier County -- Veteran Advocate, Rotary Club & American Legion Member
- Collier County -- Student Mentor & High School/College Leadership Lecturer
- Senator Scott Senior Veteran Advisor & Chair of His Service Academy Board
- Marco Island Resident & Naples Involved Citizen

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