Executive Team

EVP Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens
General Counsel and Executive Vice President

As General Counsel, Michael Stephens is responsible for providing legal opinions and advice to the CEO and Board Members on a wide variety of legal matters related to all aspects of the Aviation Authority ranging from governance to the management and operation of Tampa International, Peter O. Knight, Plant City, and Tampa Executive Airports. He is also the Executive Vice President for Information Technology Services, Human Resources, Government and Community Relations, Risk Management, and Business Diversity.

Stephens has more than 20 years of experience managing complex legal, compliance, human resources, labor, and employment issues. He joined TPA after most recently serving as the Chief Legal Counsel for the Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority (HART). Stephens also served on active duty as a Captain and Trial Counsel in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, where he was also appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. Additionally, he served on active duty as an Air Traffic Controller in the U.S. Air Force. 

He is a member of The Florida Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and is a graduate of Leadership Florida. Nationally, Michael serves on the Pace Center for Girls Board of Trustees and Airport Council International’s Legal Steering Committee. Stephens is also a recognized expert in cybersecurity and data privacy and has testified before Congress on cyber security and critical infrastructure protection. 

Stephens graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law at American University as well as a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University. In 2023, he graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Contact Michael Stephens (813) 676-4623 / MStephens@TampaAirport.com

 


EVP John Tiliacos

John Tiliacos
Executive Vice President of Operations and Customer Service

John Tiliacos is the Executive Vice President of Airport Operations and Guest Experience for Tampa International Airport.  He is responsible for Airfield and Terminal Operations, Public Safety and Security, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, and three General Aviation Airports.

A 38 year airline and airport industry veteran with extensive experience in airline and airport operations, Tiliacos previously served as Managing Director for American Airlines in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for leading one of American’s largest operations. 

Tiliacos began his airline career in 1985 as the General Manager for Trans World Airlines in the Bahamas. After joining American Airlines in 1990, he quickly moved up the ranks, holding management positions in the Bahamas, and across multiple U.S. markets including Texas, New Orleans, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, and the Northeast.

He has served as American’s Managing Director for Flight Service Operations in the Northeast with responsibility for more than 5,000 flight crew based at Boston Logan, New York’s JFK and LaGuardia Airports, and Reagan Washington National Airport.  

As Managing Director of Onboard Products, Tiliacos led American’s worldwide Food and Beverage Operations, Inflight Products and Aircraft Cabin Design.

He also led American’s worldwide cargo operations as Vice President of Cargo Operations and successfully led the global implementation of 100 percent cargo security screening on American’s fleet of aircraft as mandated by the U.S. Government appointed 9/11 Commission.

Tiliacos was instrumental in helping American Airlines achieve many innovative goals including being the first to launch broadband Wi-Fi connectivity on a U.S. airline. He led American’s “787 Dream Team” which produced American’s first-ever lie-flat Business Class Seat program for the delivery of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and 777 aircraft.

As part of the Executive Team at TPA, Tiliacos led the Airport’s first Concessions Redevelopment Program that produced 70 new food and beverage and retail concessions, implemented one of the first Remote Bag Check operations in the U.S. at TPA’s new Rental Car Center and launched the COVID-19 Passenger Testing Pilot, a first in the United States. Tiliacos also led the Congressionally mandated U.S. Customs and Border Protection Biometrics project, and has led the effort on numerous airport safety and security enhancements. 

In addition to successfully leading large, diverse and complex operations, Tiliacos has successfully achieved record operational, safety and security, and world-class customer experience results.

Tiliacos is a graduate of The Florida Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management.  He is also a private pilot and holds a commercial pilot certificate for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. John is married to his wife Jackie and they have 3 children.

Contact John Tiliacos (813) 870-8711 / JTiliacos@TampaAirport.com

 


EVP Christopher Minner

Christopher Minner
Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Chris Minner is responsible for the $360 million of commercial revenues produced by TPA and its network of three General Aviation airports. He leads a group of award-winning teams that include real estate, concessions, commercial parking, communications, marketing, research, and air service development.  Since landing in Tampa Bay, Minner has delivered hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact to the region by successfully recruiting new nonstop flights to the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Panama, Germany, and the Netherlands. 

Minner is a native of Bakersfield, California. He began his professional career 25 years ago at his hometown airport. Since then, he's held senior leadership positions at airports in San Francisco Bay and Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas before arriving in Tampa Bay. Minner and his wife, Andie, live in Tampa Bay with their two sons, Michael and Ernie.

Contact Chris Minner (813) 870-8794 / CMinner@TampaAirport.com

 


EVP Damian Brooke

Damian L. Brooke
Executive Vice President of Finance and Procurement

Damian Brooke joined the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority in March 2011 where he currently oversees the Finance and Procurement functions for Tampa International Airport as well as the Aviation Authority’s three General Aviation airports. In his current role, he is responsible for managing a $340 million revenue and $175 million expense budget, as well as the Authority’s annual capital program which is generally between $100 million and $200 million a year. Brooke and his team are also responsible for funding the Authority’s $2.5 billion Master Plan program and managing the Authority’s investment portfolio which currently totals just under $1 billion dollars.Brooke is an active proponent of the North American airport industry, chairing the Finance Steering committee for Airports Council International (ACI) North America in 2021. He currently serves on the Finance Committee for the ACI Board of Directors. For the past six years, Brooke has also served as a member of the ACI World Economics Steering Committee, working to promote the interests of the global airport community.   

Prior to coming to Tampa, he served as Assistant Vice President, Market Planning and Analysis for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where he and his team supported the airport’s efforts to attract new air service and provided extensive forecasting, commercial analysis, and budgeting direction throughout the organization.

He has more than 30 years of aviation industry experience having worked across a wide spectrum of commercial areas for both domestic and international air carriers and multiple U.S. airports. He has also provided both airline and airport consulting services to many industry clients. 

Brooke worked for American Airlines for more than 10 years, with experience in network planning, revenue management, international alliances, and regulatory affairs. He spent several years overseas working for Qatar Airways, managing the airline’s network planning, revenue management, pricing, alliance and fleet planning functions. He also worked for eight years at the consulting firm Sabre Airline Solutions, building the company’s International Airport and Government practice from its start and managing more than 100 international clients and staff on four continents. Additionally, Brooke was part of Sabre’s airline turnaround team, helping restructure air carriers in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Brooke grew up in Manchester, England and holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University. He and his wife, Teri, have three children.

Contact Damian Brooke (813) 870-8748 / DBrooke@TampaAirport.com

 


EVP Smitha Radhakrishnan

Smitha Radhakrishnan
Executive Vice President of Planning & Development and Maintenance

Smitha Radhakrishnan joined the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority on Feb. 26, 2024, to lead TPA's Planning & Development and Maintenance teams. 

Radhakrishnan has overseen complex infrastructure capital programs, commercial real estate investments, and associated capital fundraising functions for both private and public sector entities. She is a proven thought leader in shaping and advancing sustainability and decarbonization programs.

Prior to joining TPA, Radhakrishnan worked for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for 11 years, serving in various leadership capacities at DFW’s Planning, Design, Code & Construction and Commercial Development departments. In her role as the Vice President of Planning, she was responsible for securing the airport’s growth and operational capabilities through master planning and strategic advisory support of their various aviation and non-aviation business units. 

Radhakrishnan holds a Master of Science degree in construction administration from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirappalli, India. She also holds industry certifications from the American Association of Airport Executives, Harvard Business School and Cornell University. She is married and has two children.

Contact Smitha Radhakrishnan (813) 205-5915 / sradhakrishnan@tampaairport.com


 

Matt Bauer
Vice President - Procurement
(813) 870-8767

Tony O'Brian
Vice President - Real Estate
(813) 870-8789

Veronica Cintron
Vice President - Communications
(813) 220-4200

Benjamin Robins
Vice President - Operations
(813) 676-4327

Tony Conza
Vice President - Finance
(813) 554-1464

Marcus Session
Vice President - Information Technology
(813) 801-6037

Brett Fay
Vice President - General Aviation
(813) 870-8735

Jeff Siddle
Vice President - Planning & Development
(813) 870-7810

Dan Johnson
Vice President - Capital Programs
(813) 870-8715

Laura Tatem
Vice President - Internal Audit
(813) 870-8774

Elita McMillon
Vice President - Human Resources, Risk and Administration
(813) 334-5784

Charlie Vazquez
Vice President - Public Safety & Security / Chief of Police
(813) 801-6000

Laurie Noyes
Vice President - Concessions, Commercial Parking and Ground Transportation
(813) 554-1447