Make us your home page
Instagram

Tampa International Airport director re-evaluating his top executives

The new boss at Tampa International Airport has asked his senior leadership for resumes and a list of what they have accomplished in the past three years.

Joe Lopano, who took over a month ago, said he is looking into the airport's organizational structure, senior staff and salaries. It's too early to draw any conclusions, he added.

"The first thing any leader does is take a look at the resources available," he said Thursday.

On Jan. 10, Lopano also asked his 12-member leadership team for five to seven key plans for the next three years.

"I am reviewing our senior staff capabilities and potential for future leadership roles in the enterprise," he wrote in an e-mail to the employees.

Lopano inherited a management structure that's more top-heavy than the one he worked in at Dallas-Fort Worth International, the fourth largest U.S. airport and three times the size of Tampa International.

Six senior executives and chief operating officer John Wheat report directly to Lopano. Six more senior directors report to Wheat. One of those positions opened with the Nov. 30 resignation of Lou Russo, senior director of planning and development.

At Dallas-Fort Worth International, longtime CEO Jeffrey P. Fagan has six direct reports and no deputy under him.

Two dozen TIA executives earn more than $100,000 annually. With revenue declining in lockstep with passenger traffic, the airport froze employee salaries for more than three years. The airport laid off 26 employees from a staff of 586 last year. Most worked in construction and engineering jobs that weren't needed when plans for a new north terminal were pushed to 2023.

Will Lopano try to flatten the airport's organization or target six-figure salaries? "It's probably too early to tell," he said. "I'll look at everything, from structure to salary levels."

Steve Huettel can be reached at huettel@sptimes.com or (727)-893-8128.

Tampa International Airport director re-evaluating his top executives 02/03/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 4, 2011 1:42am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Exploratory Lab Boot Camp provides real-life technology training to students

    Science

    CLEARWATER — At this graduation ceremony featuring some of the brightest local minds in tech, it was the youngsters who stood out.

    Laszo Leedy, 17, a senior at Shorecrest Prep, presents part of his team's project for SPC's Exploratory Lab Boot Camp. Students presented their ideas at the end of the SPC Exploratory Lab Boot Camp. The program provides real-time business training to students. This year's graduation celebrated 15 students that finished the program. 
[JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  2. Appointments at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and World of Beer highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers

    Business

    Non-profits

    Tampa Bay Watch, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary, has announced two new employees. Pamela Arbisi is the new development director. Her responsibilities include …

    Scott Bendert has joined the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay as the non-profit organization's Chief Financial Officer. [Company handout]
  3. Tampa's Homeowners Choice seeks to offer flood insurance in other states

    Banking

    Tampa-based insurance company HCI Group Inc.'s subsidiaries are trying to expand their flood insurance offerings beyond Florida. HCI has filed with regulators to offer flood coverage in Arkansas, California, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

    Tampa-based HCI Group is trying to expand its flood insurance offerings to other states. Pictured is Paresh Patel, CEO of HCI Group. | [Courtesy of HCI Group]
  4. Home of Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman hits market at $3.45 million

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — The Davis Islands home of Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman is back on the market for $3.45 million after a brief hiatus.

    The Davis Islands home of Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman is on the market for $3.45 million. [Courtesy of Hi Res Media]
  5. Trigaux: Halfway through 2017, a closer look at six drivers of the Tampa Bay economy

    Business

    We're nearly halfway through 2017 already, a perfect time to step back from the daily grind of business and ask: How's Tampa Bay's economy doing?

    Is there one theme or idea that captures the Tampa Bay brand? Not really but here's one possibility. The fun-loving annual Gasparilla "Invasion" of Tampa is captured in this photo of 
The Jose Gasparilla loaded with pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla on its way this past January to the Tampa Convention Center. In the future a vibrant downtown Tampa or St. Petersburg may be the better theme. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]