Tampa International Executive Director Joe Lopano
TAMPA, Florida -- He's been the head of Tampa International Airport for over two years, but now TIA chief Joe Lopano's name is surfacing as a possible replacement for his mentor, Jeff Fegan, who announced he's resigning from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
Lopano, who was hired after a national search and is credited with bringing in more international flights to Tampa, is making $300,000 a year. The DFW job pays $400,000.
Dallas Fort Worth is the fourth busiest airport in the world.
10 News talked to Lopano Monday and he told us it's premature to talk about any new job, as he has not been offered anything. However, Lopano said he would listen to any offer, including playing third base for the New York Yankees, but he admitted that offer is not likely.
Fegan announced his retirement as head of DFW in September. Lopano was highly regarded in Dallas before he left the airport to come to Tampa to take the top job.
The chairman of the Hillsborough Aviation Authority, Steve Burton, said, "Lopano has exceeded expectations and is doing a great job for the airport, and is a true asset for the community."
Lopano has made several changes at TIA since succeeding Louis Miller, who ran afoul of the board following several stories by the 10 News Investigators. He has received top reviews not only from board chair Steve Burton, but also from the rest of the board as well.