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Joe Lopano

A member at Centre Club, Tampa, Fla., since 2017

BY LOUIS MARROQUIN / PHOTO BY GREGG MCGOUGH — Fall 2019

Who he is: As CEO of Tampa International Airport since 2011, he has overseen the airport’s ongoing $2 billion multiyear, multiphase renovation. “When I came in we had 16 or 17 million travelers coming through. Now, we’re at 22 million — so we’re seeing extraordinary growth.”

What’s new: The first phase, completed in February 2018, included a 2.4-million-square-foot rental car facility, a new people-mover train, an additional 50,000 square feet to the existing main terminal, and a re-concepted food, beverage, and retail area.

Taste of Tampa: “We wanted to bring the local community into the airport experience, so some of our local icons such as the Columbia, Goody Goody, and Mise en Place now have restaurants here at the airport so people can enjoy a meal as good as, if not better than, they’d get downtown.”

What’s next: Phases two and three, both expected to wrap up in 2024, will include additional curbside express lanes, a nine-story office building, and a new 16-gate airside terminal.

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