20 Questions With … Joe Lopano

Joe Lopano, CEO of Tampa International Airport, has worked 37 years in the aviation industry. Prior to accepting the CEO position in Tampa, he worked at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport for 14 years as its executive vice president for marketing and terminal management. His experience also encompasses 19 years in the airline industry, including serving in leadership positions at Continental Airlines.

He serves on the boards of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Visit Tampa Bay, the Westshore Alliance, the Tampa Bay Partnership, the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance, the U.S. Travel Association’s Gateway Airports Council and the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

He is a member of the executive committees for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, the Airports Council International–North America U.S. Policy Board and the Tony Jannus Society. He is an Honorary Commander at MacDill Air Force Base and was selected to participate in Leadership Florida.

  1. College alma mater? Pace University
  2. Last book you read? “Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance
  3. Last place you vacationed? Rosemary Beach, Florida
  4. PC or Mac? Mac
  5. Guilty-pleasure food? Ribeye Steak
  6. We’ll find you on the weekend doing? Golf or photography
  7. Biggest fear? Heights
  8. Proudest moment? Every time I see our team members succeed
  9. Dream dinner companion? Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister
  10. Any pets? No
  11. Who did you last text? My son
  12. What is your cellphone wallpaper image? Me and my wife at Lake Louise, Canada
  13. What do you listen to in the car? Everything
  14. What is your go-to drink order? Chardonnay
  15. Favorite candy? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
  16. Do you suffer from Primenesia*? Yes
  17. Pool or beach? Both and often
  18. Charity you support? United Way
  19. Favorite childhood memory? Christmastime
  20. Words of advice? Do what you say you’re going to do.

 

*Primenesia: The act of ordering from Amazon and forgetting about it.

You May Also Like

20 Questions with Chon Nguyen

Chon Nguyen leads two technology companies, based in Tampa. Newgentek is a technology services company specializing in managed information technology services, audio video and workplace technology. Fusionprep is a software-as-a-service

20 Questions with Clara Reynolds

As chief executive officer and president of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Clara Reynolds leads a staff of nearly, 400 employees who respond to thousands of requests for help,

20 Questions with Mike Swesey

Mike Swesey, president and chief executive officer of the St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corp., helps business leaders find, explore and choose the Sunshine City as a place to relocate

20 Questions with Edward Valaitis

Edward Valaitis, managing partner with Edison Avenue, started his mergers and acquisition firm, 12 years ago, after having helped to build a top-five INC. Magazine company, serving as a strategy

Other Posts

USF to receive $3 million gift to support writing and communication students

The University of South Florida announced a $3 million gift to the USF Foundation that will support programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The gift from Honey Rand,

Cooley Law School signs lease for new Tampa Bay campus

Cooley Law School has finalized plans to move its Tampa Bay campus to the Tampa Oaks area of Temple Terrace. Cooley’s campus will occupy part of the first floor, and

How to live the ‘luxe’ RV life, this summer

During peak pandemic times, RV travel surged as a way to escape and maintain social distancing protocols. But for many, RV’ing was already a tried-and-true pastime. It’s a lifestyle and

Tampa Bay Lightning Community Foundation donation helps Habitat homeowner

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties celebrated the Cookinson Family and their journey to affordable homeownership on May 8, at 2174 16th Ave S., St. Petersburg. Single