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From cabbie to airport CEO, Joe Lopano honored for billion-dollar vision behind Tampa International’s transformation

Joseph W. Lopano

Joseph W. Lopano

Tampa International Airport’s CEO Joe Lopano was feted on Monday night as the Person of Vision by Preserve Vision Florida, which offers eye care to both children and adults.

Read the article in the Tampa Bay Business Journal and watch the video of Mr. Lopano’s speech.

Preserve Vision Florida to Honor Joseph W. Lopano

Preserve Vision Florida will honor Joseph W. Lopano, Chief Executive Officer of Tampa International Airport, as the 2017 Person of Vision at the Person of Vision Award Dinner on Monday, February 13 at the Tampa Airport Marriott.

View the invitation

Preserve Vision Florida hosts the annual dinner to honor a person of vision who has had a profound impact on the region or state of Florida through true community leadership and vision.

Previous honorees have included Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (2016), Jeff and Penny Vinik (2015), Betty Castor and US Representative Kathy Castor (2014), and many other luminaries.

Joseph W. Lopano

Joseph W. Lopano

Joseph W. Lopano was appointed CEO on January 1, 2011, as Tampa International Airport’s new Chief Executive Officer. He 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.

Joe 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. Joe was named 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.

View the list of previous Person of Vision honorees.

PLAN FOR A VISIONARY EVENING

The 2017 Person of Vision Award Dinner includes a private sponsor reception starting at 5:30 p.m. at CK’s Revolving Restaurant at the Tampa Airport Marriott. An opening reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the premier dinner and program, 7-9 p.m.

The program includes recognition of past winners, toasts by dignitaries, an acceptance speech by the honoree, and brief comments about Preserve Vision Florida’s mission.

  • Person of Vision award
    2016 Honoree Bob Buckhorn is saluted by Event Co-Chair, Kevin Bakewell.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENT TICKETS

Preserve Vision Florida invites sponsorships for the dinner and offers individual tickets ($200) and individual patron tickets ($400) for this event. Proceeds from the evening will help fund Preserve Vision Florida’s programs.

For a complete description of sponsorship levels and a mail-in registration form for sponsorships and tickets:

Purchase individual patron tickets ($400 each) online:

Purchase individual tickets ($200 each) online: