Mr. Lopano arrived in Tampa on January 1, 2011, as Tampa International Airport’s new Chief Executive Officer. Prior to accepting the CEO position in Tampa, Mr. Lopano worked at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport for 14 years as its Executive Vice President for Marketing and Terminal Management. Additionally, he has 22 years of airline and airport expertise.
Mr. Lopano has extensive experience in the airline business, having held management positions at Continental Airlines, Lufthansa, BWIA and Pan Am. He has held leadership roles in financial planning, international route development, advertising and frequent flyer programs. While at Continental, Mr. Lopano was the project director for “Business First,” the launch of Continental’s new business class product.
He received a bachelor’s in finance and accounting from Pace University in New York and has accomplished graduate work in marketing at the University of Connecticut.
He serves on the boards of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Partnership and the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization. He is a member of the executive committees for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and the Tony Jannus Society. He is an Honorary Commander at MacDill Air Force Base, and was selected to participate in the current class of Leadership Florida. He previously served as Chairman of the International Air Service Committee of the Airports Council International - North America.
Mr. Lopano is married and has three children.