CEO Spotlight: Joseph W. Lopano, TIA

Joe was appointed CEO on January 1, 2011, as Tampa International Airport’s new Chief Executive Officer. He has worked 40 years in the aviation industry. Prior to accepting the CEO role in Tampa, he worked at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport for 14 years as its Executive Vice President for Marketing and Terminal Management and held leadership positions at Continental Airlines.

Joe serves on the board of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization and he is a member of the Executive Committee for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. Joe is a member of the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society and a past Honorary Commander at MacDill Air Force Base. He was selected to participate in Leadership Florida and is a member of the Cornerstone Class XXX. Nationally, Joe serves on the Airports Council World Governing Board, the U.S. Travel Association’s (USTA) Board and Executive Committee (Secretary) and the USTA Gateway Airports Council.

Joe was named the 2018 Large Airport Director of the Year by Airport Experience News (AXN) and the 2017 Person of Vision by Preserve Vision Florida. He was Visit Tampa Bay’s 2015 Ambassador of the Year and received the 2015 Aviation Professional of the Year Award from the Florida Department of Transportation.

He received a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Pace University in New York. He and his wife, Janet, live in South Tampa and have three grown children and two grandchildren.



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