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Bosses give Tampa International Airport chief Joe Lopano top grades

Joe Lopano's bosses on the governing board of Tampa International Airport like what they've seen in the new CEO's first nine months on the job.

The board will review Lopano's performance at its monthly meeting Thursday. But written evaluations released Monday show he has deep support.

Lopano received the highest possible scores in all 15 rating categories from board members Joseph Diaco and Al Austin, who left the board last month. Lopano's overall average: 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5. Members filled out the evaluations in August.

"Exceeds expectations," wrote board chairman Steven Burton. "He should be given a pay increase per his contract based on superior job performance."

Lopano has laid out an ambitious agenda for TIA since taking over the airport's top job on Jan. 1. He pushed through the airport's first incentives for airlines that launch new international and West Coast routes. Edelweiss Air announced twice-weekly flights to Zurich, Switzerland, starting in May, the first new European route in 15 years.

Lopano receives $312,500 annually, including a $257,500 base salary, $49,000 pension contribution and $6,000 car allowance. He received the 3 percent raise given to all airport employees Oct. 1. Lopano received a package worth $358,142 in his last position as vice president of marketing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the nation's fourth-largest airport.

Bosses give Tampa International Airport chief Joe Lopano top grades 10/03/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 3, 2011 10:08pm]
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