as deputy executive director in Orlando, so how do you see the Tampa and Orlando airports evolving in the short- and long-term? In particular, what is possible for Tampa International in terms of growth in the shadows of Orlando's theme parks, economic development initiatives and central state location? 3. Your service in Orlando was
for less than a year before taking a position of greater responsibility - the top job - at a much smaller operation. Why did you leave Orlando and how does Tampa fit into your long-range career plans? Kent George, director of aviation, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport 1. You have been at Fort Lauderdale since 2007, a relatively short time compared with your decade long tenures as director in Pittsburgh and director in Rock Island County, Ill. Why are you interested in the Tampa position, which could be viewed as a lateral move? 2. What has Fort Lauderdale done that Tampa has not in recruiting international flights and what can be done to improve the situation here, allowing that certain demographic and geographic circumstances are different? 3. What lessons did you learn
in international flight recruitment in Pittsburgh, where the business community along with state and local government entities kicked in what amounted to more than $1 million annually to support international flights? How can these lessons be applied to Tampa? Joseph Lopano, executive vice president Dallas Fort Worth International Airport 1. How do you compare the financial, staff and community and regional resources you have at Dallas Fort Worth for marketing with what is available for marketing in Tampa? How can you make marketing succeed in a much smaller market, with a paucity of corporate headquarters, unlike Dallas? 2. Can you guarantee additional non-stop international flights serving Tampa if you get the director's job? Why and how? 3. In Dallas, the airport's public affairs manager responds to media requests for assistants to the director, while in Tampa, managers and employees have been allowed to speak directly with the press. What will be your policy and why? Lester Robinson, former chief executive Wayne County Airport Authority, Detroit 1. Why did the board not extend your contract earlier this year in Detroit (no one is talking publicly on that issue)? 2. What do you anticipate being different about Tampa's business community, where there are few local headquarters, and Detroit, and what challenges and opportunities are there in Tampa to improve the local business situation? 3. How did you manage to improve the infrastructure at Detroit's airport to where it has
won numerous recent customer service awards and what do you see that must be improved at Tampa International's facility, which is nearing 40 years old? MEET THE CANDIDATES A reception for the public to meet the four candidates for executive airport director will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tampa Airport Marriott. Candidates will meet Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board members for interviews on Wednesday and Thursday in closed sessions. The board at its Oct. 7 regularly scheduled monthly public meeting is expected to discuss the candidates and vote on a new director for Tampa International Airport and the county's three general aviation airports. Reporter Ted Jackovics can be reached at 813-259-7817.