Tampa International Airport is pleased to announce that CEO Joe Lopano was named the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation Professional of Year at this morning’s Florida Airports Council awards ceremony.
This prestigious award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to Florida aviation in the past and recent years. The various aspects considered may include technological research or advancement, airport management, airport construction or maintenance, airport design, air safety, aviation legislation and Florida aviation business.
In considering Lopano for the award, FDOT looked at the addition of TPA’s nonstop flights to Switzerland, Panama, Cuba and upcoming service to Germany, as well as the launch of the airport’s historic expansion, including construction of a new rental car facility, automated people mover and main terminal improvements. The Department also cited the airport’s concessions redevelopment program and successfully restructured debt as smart business moves that will make a great impact on the airport, its passengers, the community and ultimately, the state’s aviation system.
While attending the FAC ceremony in Boca Raton, Lopano insisted several of his staff members join him on stage to collect the award.
“While I’m thrilled to be named for such an honor, as it was truly a win for all of us,” Lopano said. “We have accomplished a great deal in the past couple of years and it has certainly been noticed by our peers in the transportation industry, both statewide and beyond.”