Leadership (T)Amplified

By Ernest Hooper
The Hillsborough Education Foundation and Hillsborough County Public Schools partner every year to celebrate “Excellence in Education” and recognize some of the school district’s most deserving employees.


The event annually celebrates outstanding teachers, school diversity contributors and instructional support personnel. It draws thousands to the David A. Straz Center.


Yet what all those people don’t know is the event has doubled as a Leadership Tampa 2003 reunion.


For the past four years, I’ve had the honor of hosting the event. Bruce Faulmann, the Tampa Bay Times’ vice president of advertising/marketing, has watched from the audience for each of those award celebrations as a member of the education foundation. For the past three years, Suncoast Credit Union vice president Gary Vien has joined me on stage as the presenter for the instructional support award finalists. The credit union serves as the event’s primary sponsor.


Bruce, Gary and I spent a magical year together as members of the Leadership Tampa 2003 class. Everyone in LTA insists their class was the best, and we’re no different. We spent days immersed in various aspects of city dynamics, and evenings in debriefings, debating everything from politics to sports.


At the time, Bruce worked for the Times’ rival, the Tampa Tribune, and Gary toiled for Busch Gardens. Now Bruce is with the Times and Gary works for Suncoast. Of course, we’re still the same guys, albeit a little older and wiser. We’re always excited to see each other at the event, and excited to help the foundation.


As a HEF board member for many years, I see firsthand HEF’s impact on the school district, its teachers and students through their many programs from the Teaching Tools Store to scholarship and mentoring,” Bruce told me after the event. “But absolutely my favorite is our celebration of Hillsborough County’s best teachers and staff at our annual Excellence in Education awards.”


This year, the theme was “A Night in Paris,” so I donned a beret. Truth be told I looked more like Rerun from What’s Happening and little like a French gentleman. That’s okay. If humbling myself by resembling a 1980s sitcom star leads to honoring teachers, I’m all for it.


It’s always an inspiring evening with many moving moments the ceremony always produces. A student escort introduces each of the finalists, and the kids frequently offer cute but poignant tributes. The teachers gush and blush and the winners never fail to bring emotion to the podium.


“The evening warms your heart and takes you from laughter to tears,” Bruce said. “The kids can sell! You’re rooting for them all.


“Adding to awesomeness of the evening is watching my talented LT ’03 classmates. Hoop, aka Rerun, as the ever-charming emcee, and Gary, as the presenting sponsor, representing Suncoast Credit Union. Both could stand-in for Pat Sajak or Alex Trebek if either needed a night off.”


This year, when the Ida S. Baker Diversity Award winner, Newsome High’s Sandra Misciasci, heard her name called she sobbed and offered a long list of tearful thank yous. Gary and I could only look at each other and think, “This is what this event is all about. This is why we show up every year.”
“Never could I imagine back in 2003 while at Leadership Tampa, that I would be presenting at the 2019 Excellence in Education awards with others from our Leadership Tampa Class. Being able to congratulate 678 nominees and the 13 finalists is very heartwarming.”

“This is Tampa. This is why we continue to give back. What a fantastic journey and one that continues to give back as much as you put in to a city focused on the future.”

As Leadership Tampa Alumni looks to create a partnership with the district, I think it would be thrilling to have a larger contingent of LTA members at this event next year. We can come to not only show our support for the current education system, but to embrace the concept of paying it forward and thanking the teachers who helped change the trajectory of our own lives.


It would be great if I could look out from that stage next year and thank LTA for its support and recognize more than just Bruce and Gary.


That’s all I’m saying.

Ernest Hooper, LT’03
2018 Newsletter/Annual Review Chair
Editor and Columnist, Tampa Bay Times
Follow him @hoop4you

Leadership (T)Amplified

Mark House hasn’t jumped out of a plane since leaving the U.S. Army in 1985, but not a day goes by he doesn’t refer to the experience or his days as a West Point cadet.
“West Point gave me my foundation,” said House, the managing director and director of strategic projects for the Beck Group, an architectural, engineering and construction firm.
“My parents first and foremost, but West Point really gave me a lot of the core values, professional values that I use every day.”
House often calls on the leadership qualities instilled in him by his mother, Sue House, and his father, the late Army colonel and fellow West Point graduate, Joe House. And those qualities have served him well as a businessman and a community leader.
He’s twice served as chair of the Hillsborough County Economic Development Corporation, is a board member at ZooTampa, guided the Leadership Tampa Class of 2013 as its chair, and currently holds a spot on the West Point Association of Graduates Board.
His work recently led to him winning the prestigious Leadership Tampa Alumni Parke Wright III Leadership Award. House spoke to Ernest Hooper about winning the award, leadership and what LTA means to him.
How surprised were you?
I was completely shocked. I borrowed a coat to come. There was a guy in the office who does work for us. Someone said you’ve got to go to this luncheon because we’re giving an award to one of our subcontractor partners. They said you need to be there for that. This is 30 minutes before the luncheon. There’s a young man in the lobby that does a lot of work for us. He’s a consultant. I didn’t have a sport coat. I looked at him. He’s my size. I said, “What are you doing today at lunchtime? I need to borrow your coat.” I got to the luncheon and sat down and it wasn’t until I turned and saw my wife standing by the wall and realized something was up.
They came in just a little bit too early.
Yeah. Then, I was reflecting on it and every time I went to one, somebody gave a great, big long nice speech. I thought, I’m screwed. Then, I started trying to put some things together. My legs were shaking. My calves were twitching.
That’s surprising to see a leader like you a bit unnerved.
Well, it was about me. It’s usually about everybody else. You’re very, very honored, but you’re going, “This is about me and I’m about everybody else. I love everybody else.” It was very humbling, especially when you have the people speaking in the video. To hear the things they said really choked me up. You see everybody very frequently and people don’t say emotional things to each other.
We don’t say I love you enough.
That’s one thing about I love you – man, woman, whatever – you talk to people I work with and I tell them I love them. They’re my family as much as my real family. So, I got pretty emotional.
You support a lot of causes. Which one are you most passionate about?
It has changed a little bit. Right now, I’m on the board of advisors for West Point. That’s my current passion. But in 2008, when the recession came, it was devastating for our industry. Unemployment in Tampa went from about 4 percent, and our industry it was less than that. But by 2010-2012, in the architecture, engineering, construction industry, it was in the 40 percent range. It was devastating. Our annual revenue dropped by 70 percent. We dropped our total employee base by 70 percent, from 140 local employees down to 25. During that time, nobody did anything wrong. People were working as hard as they could. There just wasn’t any work. If you don’t have any work, you can’t build anything. Some people changed industries. They moved out of town. I felt like the only thing I could do was lead the way by trying to create work.
So you decided to move into Tampa Heights?
We put a stake in the ground. We needed to be in a place where we designed and built a cool building and we needed to be in a place where we could make an impact, try to give back and be the first people out there. We weren’t the very first, but we were pretty close to it. So, I got very involved in the EDC, which was part of the Chamber’s old Committee of 100. I chaired that for a couple of years and did everything I possibly could to try to get companies to come to town. If a company would come to town, it didn’t necessarily mean we would build anything for them, but it created this kind of a pyramid you know, they came and trickle down happened.
What did you learn?
I learned more and more about the city. I thought I knew a lot about the city. I thought I knew a lot about people. But during that time, it was, “Hey man, we gotta all lock arms together and figure out ways in which we can help our community grow and get out of this recession.” I got some great friends out of that. You know, in hard times when people bond together, you end up having some really, really good friends.
I always say Tampa is the biggest small town in America. Do you agree with that?
Yes, I do. In my job now, I’m responsible for our strategic projects throughout the company: our healthcare business, our life science business, which is the pharmaceutical business and I travel around to all our different offices. We have offices in Denver, Fort Worth, Dallas, our headquarters, Austin, Charlotte, Atlanta and Mexico City. I’m biased, but this is the place that I want to be. We’re not a small city anymore. We’re competing on the stage and we’re starting to act like that. It used to be the best kept secret in America. It’s not a secret anymore. People go, “Oh, you’re from Tampa.” They know about Tampa.
What’s been the biggest benefit of Leadership Tampa and Leadership Tampa Alumni?
When I went through Leadership Tampa, it was the hook that said look at all this stuff that Tampa does. There’s so much more about Tampa than you could ever know. In Leadership Tampa, you had 55 classmates that you became really good friends with. There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t see somebody who was a classmate. It’s probably the single best organizational experience that you can have in in Tampa. And if you call a Leadership Tampa classmate or an alum, they’ll pick up the phone. That’s something that’s very important.

Ernest Hooper, LT’03
2018 Newsletter/Annual Review Chair
Editor and Columnist, Tampa Bay Times
Follow him @hoop4you


A salute to our local military leaders  

They pace in the lobby outside the meeting room, mobile phone pressed firmly to their ear.

Maybe they quickly squirrel away to a corner to take a conference call or respond to an email. Some whip out their iPads and resolve a pressing issue in mere minutes.

It’s the Leadership Tampa hustle: a break between that fascinating panel discussion and the presentation from the CEO that doesn’t always serve as a break. In 10 minutes or less, these titans of business must address an issue that requires their immediate attention.

Every Leadership Tampa member must balance between the demands of the program and the requirements of their everyday jobs. Yet it can be even more taxing for the MacDill Air Force Base leaders hoping to immerse themselves in lessons on what makes Tampa tick.  

The average LT member may be worried about job security, but the average MacDill leader is worried about national security. It can be company incidents versus international incidents. Employees versus airmen. Trade secrets versus state secrets.

“Events across our nation and around the globe directly impact the duty day of any military member,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Emily Farkas, deputy commander of the 6th Maintenance Group and a LT 2018 graduate. “We typically have a consistent peacetime work schedule, but it can change instantly when the unit receives a task to deploy or to support real-world missions from home station, i.e. MacDill Air Force Base.

“In supporting a military nominee, careful consideration is given to deployment cycles in an effort to honor the commitment to the program.  Furthermore, military members typically do not have more than two or three years per assignment so the timing of participating in the program is another important consideration.”

Clearly, the stakes can be higher for Leadership Tampa’s military representatives, but they never fail to make the commitment. For decades, Leadership Tampa has found a spot for MacDill’s finest. The leadership at MacDill supports a nominee(s) from the base for Leadership Tampa so they can share their perspective as one of the more than 19,000 uniformed members at the base.

“Since the Armed Forces became an all-volunteer force in 1973, the military-civilian gap has widened, and less Americans have a connection to the military as only less than 1 percent have served,” Farkas said. “In my experience with programs like Leadership Tampa, they have been able to connect uniformed service members with community business leaders to exchange leadership experiences and to share personal stories of the military journey … much like MacDill’s Honorary Commander Program prioritizes engagement with our civic leaders.  

“Additionally, it gives military members the opportunity to know more about the community that supports them and their families.”

Few, if any, have regretted the decision. Irving Lee, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, said he enjoyed his time in Leadership Tampa Class of 2004, but the involvement was significant for him and for all MacDill members.

“The time commitment is one of the biggest issues,” said Lee, who was the 6th Mission Support Group Commander while stationed at MacDill. “The people who are the best candidates have insane schedules so in addition to picking from amongst a pool of well qualified candidates, schedules also have to be considered.”

Lee said, however, it’s about more than picking a leader who has the time. Base leaders also examine what’s best for their mission, and which candidate makes the most sense in helping with that mission.

“Another key consideration is figuring out where the best ‘return on investment’ will be for the base,” Lee said.  “Of course, we want to send the best ambassador to the community, but what will it cost in terms of time and opportunity costs to let someone make a 10-month commitment?”

Both Lee and Farkas have fond memories of their time. Lee specifically recalls a special surprise he hid from his classmates during their visit to MacDill on “Military Day.”

“I still remember (former Bucs safety) John Lynch being on our KC-135 flight,” Lee said. “I believe he had been traded and Chief Lew Monroe helped get him a flight suit and a seat on the LT flight. The ladies in the ‘04 class were amazed to see him walk up the stairs to get on the plane. I still have our group photo somewhere.”  

After completing the class, many choose to remain involved after they “graduate,” while others find themselves deployed to the next city after completing their two- or three-year tour in Tampa. Farkas has extended her commitment through LTA.

“I remain involved with Leadership Tampa Alumni because I now feel a personal connection to Tampa and desire the opportunity to give back to the community,” Farkas said.

With Veterans Day on the horizon, let’s remember to salute not only every man and woman who has served, but those LTA members who have managed to go through the class while fulfilling a commitment to the nation.

That’s all I’m saying.



Ernest Hooper, LT’03

2018 Newsletter/Annual Review Co-Chair

Editor and Columnist, Tampa Bay Times


Follow him @hoop4you

Leadership Tampa Class ’18 Prom Gives Back to Community


LT18On August 10, 2018, the LT ’18 Class hosted a prom with over 160 registrations and raised over $22,000 for the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa (CDC). The proceeds benefited the CDC’s Youth Success Center’s high school seniors as they explore post-secondary educational options.

“The original intent of this event was for us as a graduating class to think about how we could contribute something that would also continue to be an ongoing effort for our Leadership Tampa class to give back to the community,” said event co-chair Lindsay Grinstead. “The second piece of the program was that after the prom 30 classmates are getting paired with students who are at the CDC and are seniors in high school to engage in a mentorship program over the course of the school year to help them in the college search process.”

LT ‘18 took a very structured approach when looking at what they would do to give back to the community. Once they figured out they wanted to focus on education and the youth, they looked at organizations in Tampa that could benefit from the fundraiser. Representatives from each of the organizations being considered presented to the class to explain how they could benefit from the support. In an effort to support a fellow classmate’s organization, and work with an organization that supports education, LT ’18 members agreed on the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa (CDC).

“Each one of us will get the chance to mentor one of the students to help them through the process of applying for college, visiting colleges, preparing for college, and then continuing that mentorship as they’re in school, and hopefully as they continue on in their careers,” said event co-chair Randy Prescott.

The LT ’18 Class is already planning and preparing to hold the event again next year at Amalie Arena, with dates to come soon.

The event was possible due to the support of the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa (CDC) and the generosity of the following sponsors: The Mosaic Company, JP Morgan Chase, Lightning Foundation, GTE Financial, Tampa International Airport, Tampa Bay Rays, Wehr Constructors, Inc., TECO Energy, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Valley National Bank, The Beck Group, Visit Tampa Bay, Johnson Jackson LLC, KCI Technologies, CS&L CPAs, and Stacey and Brandon Pittman.

Leadership (T)Amplified

I’ve long held a fascination with bumper stickers.

From the cute to the clever to the controversial, I have an appreciation for how people far smarter than me can craft such provocative and poignant thoughts in such a finite space.

How they came to be a staple in my column, however, remains somewhat of a mystery. I did a little digging through our archives and found one of the earliest references to a bumper sticker in a 2004 column. In noting my 40th birthday, I remarked at the wisdom of this nugget: Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

But it wasn’t until my column began appearing on the front of the Times’ Monday Metro section that I zeroed in on the practice of trying to include one in nearly every column. That column — limited to 300 words because of the design of the page and a request of my editors to keep it to the front page (no jumping inside) — essentially required the same tenets of a bumper sticker.

I needed to deliver a lot of thoughts in a finite space.

So began a quest that to this day prompts me to scour the back of cars even when I’m traveling at high rates of speed. At times, I’ve walked behind cars in parking lots and snapped a shot, even if it leaves me looking like a weird stalker trying to record someone’s license tag number.

Choosing what makes it into print requires a degree of discernment. I’ve learned over the years that it’s wise to stray away from political statements, but stickers seen on cars in this decade that referenced the Richard Nixon and Ross Perot campaigns made the cut.

I also include stickers that don’t necessarily reflect my opinion. The idea is to allow the sticker to make a statement about how some in our community may feel. So, a sticker that said, “I’ll keep my guns and religion, you can keep the change” made it into my column in the months after Barack Obama was first elected president.

I also must be careful not to offend. A reader once sent in this bumper sticker: If Life Gives You Melons, Maybe You’re Dyslexic.

Some readers decried the sticker as a poor attempt at humor, but I had to explain — and should have included this note in the column — that the sticker came from a reader who has dyslexia.

I’ve also relied on other sources, so you will occasionally read “Seen on a T-shirt” and “Seen on a church marquee.”

But to bring some clarity to the situation: I don’t see every sticker I include in the column. I’ve trained my friends and family to relay quality stickers, and I probably get more suggestions from readers than I see on my own.

However, every bumper sticker is indeed a bumper sticker. I don’t make them up. Oh, I wish I could be so philosophical, so brilliant, but my creativity doesn’t extend to those incredible pearls of wisdom and delectable nuggets of humor we all should cherish.

Without further ado, here’s a random list of bumper stickers I’ve used in columns over the years — just for my Leadership Tampa Alumni friends.

Seen on a bumper sticker:

  • I’d Be A Vegetarian, If Bacon Was A Vegetable.
  • If Your Dreams Don’t Scare You A Little, They’re Not Big Enough.
  • To Have The Last Word, Try An Apology.
  • Intelligent Ones Wonder — Idiots Are Dead Sure.
  • Yes, I Talk To Myself. But Only When I Need Expert Advice.
  • Friends Are God’s Apology For Relatives.
  • Johnny Cash Is A Friend Of Mine.
  • Follow Your Dreams – Except That One Where You’re at School in Your Underwear.
  • Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy.
  • I Do What the Bumper Stickers Tell Me.
  • Orwell’s 1984 Was A Warning, Not A Manual.
  • Paddle Faster, I Hear Banjo Music.
  • Just Give Me Coffee, And No One Will Get Hurt.
  • There’s No Shortcut To Anywhere Worth Going.
  • If we can put a man on the moon, why not all of them?
  • Don’t Make Me Use UPPERCASE.
  • You Never See A Harley Parked In Front Of A Shrink’s Office.
  • If going to church makes you a Christian, does going to the garage make you a car?
  • In Internet Years, I’m 19 and Hot.
  • I’m Out Of Bed and Dressed. What More Do You Want?
  • God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts.
  • All Work, No Pay Makes A Housewife.
  • If You’re Going Through Hell, Don’t Stop.
  • Good girls go to heaven, Bad girls go everywhere else.
  • I’m Not Paranoid. Why? What Have You Heard?
  • D.A.D.D. – Dads Against Daughters Dating.
  • A Smooth Sea Never Made a Good Sailor.
  • PMS allows women once a month to act like men do every day.
  • If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?
  • I want a sensitive man. One who’ll cry when I punch him.

Ernest Hooper, LT’03
2018 Newsletter/Annual Review Co-Chair
Editor and Columnist, Tampa Bay Times
Follow him @hoop4you

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Acosta Jolyon 2018
Adams Everett Anne 2005
Adkins Chris 2018
Adkins Josh 2018
Agliano Stephanie 2009
Akers Dean 1988
Ames Jeffrey 2011
Andersen J. Carter 2006
Anderson Neal 2016
Arnhym Rolfe 2013
Arnold Karen 2002
Arnold William 2004
Astrab John 2017
Atlas Troy 2007
August Lindsay 2015
Azzarelli Bret 1996
Bailey Eric 2004
Baldy Anderson 1998
Barbas Schezy 2014
Bare Beatriz 1999
Baskette Patrick 2005
Bassel Frick Irene 2015
Bedke Michael 1993
Bennett John 2013
Bercaw Lee 2017
Berman Ceci 2013
Bertram John 2010
Bever J. Andrew 1994
Beveridge Cathy 2000
Bevis Lawrence 1996
Bielon J.L. 2016
Biesinger Nancy 1997
Blasco Michael 2012
Bode David 2013
Bomstein Josh 2017
Brabson John 1977
Braue Larry 2016
Briant Tammy 2014
Bricklemyer Clayton 2013
Brill Lee 1998
Brittain Charlotte 2010
Britton Julie 1997
Brock Heather 2018
Brown Dolly 2004
Brown Jeanetta 2006
Brown Gregory 2008
Brownstein Evan 2010
Broyles Edna 2009
Bryant Gregory 1999
Buesing Robert 1994
Bullock Joshua 2012
Busbee Stephen 2010
Busot Frank 2014
Butler Sean 2004
Butler Christopher 2008
Butler Brian 2016
Byczek John 2001
Callahan Charles 2014
Campbell Amelia 1996
Campbell Scott 2012
Cannella Joseph 2001
Cappadoro Jill 2004
Carastro Paul 2004
Carr Ali 2012
Carrasco Amy 2013
Casey Kimberly 2002
Catoe Rob 2015
Chappell Colleen 1999
Chase-Tozer Kristy 2017
Chernoff Jeff 2016
Christaldi Ronald 2003
Cichon Andrea 2017
Clark Robert 1997
Clark Melinda 2015
Clay Martyn 2014
Clinebell Donamae 2004
Collins-Garcia Holly 2003
Colvenbach Mark 2012
Combs Sarah 2012
Coney Chloe 2002
Coney Ernest 2018
Coniglio Sean 2006
Connery John 2009
Cooley Thomas 2000
Cotton Tina 2013
Cowan Karen 2017
Cox Linda 2014
Crouch Laura 2015
Crum Kimberly 2007
Cummings Brian 2014
Davis Janice 1995
Davis Paul 2004
Davis Julius 2015
DeBosier Kimberlee 1993
DeLaVergne Robin 1984
DeLaVergne John 2015
Delise Debra 2014
DePiro Adam 2018
DeVaney David 2010
Devine Linda 2010
Dibbs Scott 2007
Dierks Katherine 2015
Dixon Deirdre 2005
Domino Tracie 2012
Doney David 2005
Donlon Katherine 2004
Duda Laura 2005
Dugan Brian 2015
Dumar Matthew 2007
Eakins Jeffrey 2011
Efaw Stacey 2014
Egner Diane Leadership Florida’02
Ellison Sam 1998
Erb James 1999
Erdman Al 2016
Esquivel Julio 2012
Farkas Chris 2017
Farkas Emily 2018
Feaster Thomas 1983
Federer Craig 2018
Feeman David 2006
Feinman Rachel 2018
Feldman Randy 1989
Feldman Bret 2014
Fenda Pat 1988
Fender Brian 2007
Ferguson Irene G.M. 2001
Fernandez Lauren 2014
Ferrone Michael 2017
Fluharty Stephen 1982
Fogarty Lyle 2013
Ford Jerry 2000
Ford Timothy 2016
Foster Darcy 2001
Foster Nikki 2018
Fourquet Jose 2017
Francis Kerri-Lyn 2014
Frazier Katherine 2003
Freeman Meredith 2017
Freking Ryan 2010
Frey Kim 2008
Frost Laura Leadership Orlando ’87/LTB’04
Fuente Jaret 2014
Fugate Jessica 2018
Fultz Todd 2013
Gandee Zinober Cynthia 2001
Garlick Scott 2010
Garlow Ryan 2017
Ghannadian Frank 2009
Gibbons Timothy 1998
Gibertini Cami 2004
Glover Christine 2018
Goede Bill 2005
Goetz Kari 2018
Gomez Matthew 2017
Gomez Bibiana 2017
Gordon Bruce 1980
Gordon Leslene 2018
Gorzka John 1991
Gough Robert 2002
Graham Andrea 1994
Grammig Robert 1995
Gray Stanley Valley Leadership/Phoenix ’97
Green B. Lee 2010
Gregory Todd 2017
Grieb Robert 1996
Grieco Steven 2013
Griffin Michael 2004
Griffin Melanie 2016
Grimaldi A.J. 1979
Grimes Gina 1996
Grinstead Jason 2017
Grinstead Lindsay 2018
Grove Steven 2007
Grundel DeDe 2002
Gustafson Zoe 1997
Guy Irene 2003
Hahn David 2014
Hall Andrew 2010
Hall Robyn 2015
Halpern Joshua 1999
Ham Sarah 2018
Haney R. Reid 1996
Haney Mark 2010
Hanrahan Brian 2014
Hapner Elizabeth 1997
Harding Timothy 2008
Harris William 1984
Harris Julie 2002
Hart Misha 2007
Hartigan Jake 2015
Harvey Felicia 2016
Hawker Nicole 2017
Hayes Steve 2000
Hays Paul 2011
Henderson Thomas 1976
Hendricks Brian 2012
Hendrix David 2017
Hennig Elizabeth 2013
Hero Lorrie Honorary
Hice Joe 1985
Higbee R. Alan 1988
Hildreth Lynne 2014
Hill S. Gordon 2010
Hill Kevin 2012
Himes Fraser 1985
Hindman Dara 2015
Hirst Audrey 2004
Ho Patrick 2009
Hoffman Dale 2018
Holley Suzy 2000
Holmes Miray 2017
Hooker Michael 1990
Hooper Ernest 2003
House Mark 1998
Howell George 1989
Huber Robyn 2011
Huckaby Rich 2011
Hunt Timothy 1995
Huszar Paul 2015
Iannarelli Juliane 2011
Izzi Barb 2001
Jacob Dianne 1992
Jacobson Rebecca Seté 2011
Jefferson Kay 2016
Jenkins Andrew 2016
Jennewein Jonathan 2000
Jensen J. Michael 1995
Jotham Collin 2016
Judd David 2018
Judy James 2013
Kalish William 1986
Kancharla Ram 1996
Kaptzan Alex 2015
Karlo Christopher 2010
Karsky Bryan 2008
Keith Kyle 2012
Kent Dean 2015
Kinsey-Sallis LaKisha 2018
Knight Todd 2006
Koehler Martha Kaye 1993
Koontz Stephen 2007
Kramer Gerri 2016
Kraskow Michael 2010
Krebs Stephanie 2015
Kubal Timothy 2015
Kumar Nagi 2006
Kynes John 2004
LaFave Owen 2015
Lamoureux John 2007
Lang Susan 1993
Lansrud Lance 2015
Latta Bill 1984
Lattimore Ocea 2016
Lauderdale Crystal 2015
Law Rhea 1991
Lawson Bryan 2014
Lay Fred 2014
Lee Irvin 2004
Lenker Mark 1983
Leontsinis Nicole 2017
Lester Robin Leadership Charlotte’84
Loar Chad 2013
Lokey JoLynn 2014
Long Crawford Leadership Greenville ’02
Loos David 2018
Lopez Liana 2006
Lovelace Greg 2005
Lowe Tracie 2010
Lundberg Debbie 2013
MacInnes Michael 2002
Mahoney Mary Decker 1995
Manelli Dennis 2017
Manthey Troy 2003
Manthey Jill 2010
Marquart Ernest 2008
Marrs Melody 2005
Marshall Drew 2012
Martin Merritt 2013
Martinez Adrian 2013
Martinez-Monfort Luis 2015
Marulanda Richard 2016
Mashke Michael 2003
Maurer Susan 2014
Mayts Andrew 2010
McCleland Maggie 2017
McClelland Dennis 2006
McClintock Greco Linda 1997
McIntosh Andrew 2011
McKee Page 1999
McLaren Scott 2005
McNamara Patrick 1998
McRae Mark 2002
Mendelson Susan 2016
Mendez Janet 2006
Menendez Lauren 2015
Meyer George 2000
Meyer Carli 2014
Millette Leah 2018
Mills Howard 2007
Mintrone C. J. 2013
Moline William 2004
Monkarsh Mark 2004
Monteith April 2010
Moore Jonathan 2014
Moser Patricia 2008
Moss Jason 2013
Mullan Mary Fran 2009
Mullen John 2012
Muller John 2015
Muroff Jessica 2015
Murphy Brian 2005
Murphy Jennifer 2012
Muth Denise 2012
Nassar P.J. 2016
Neil T. Corey 2010
Newman Nancy 2000
Nissen Lori 2011
Noble Ronald 2002
Norstrem Edward 2017
O’Donnell Todd 2016
Oliva Bert 2010
Oliver Deborah 2015
Olson Linda 2018
Orchard James 2000
Oscher Steven 1982
Osiason Mimi Leadership Florida
Palmer Sara 2018
Papp Christopher 2014
Pariseau Robert 1995
Parker Judson 2010
Parks Penny 2017
Parrish David 1991
Partlow Eric 2013
Pasteur Dustin 2018
Patel Aakash 2012
Pehling John 1998
Pelleymounter Travis 2017
Pence Scott 2015
Philips Dawn 2014
Phillips Christine 2000
Pina Olga 2003
Pittman Stacey 2018
Poff Patrick 2008
Polins Eric 2005
Pollack Woodrow 2013
Popovich Donna 1992
Porter Jim 1999
Porter Linda 2014
Porto-Duarte Maria 2017
Preast Kevin 2018
Prescott Randy 2018
Preston Donald 1989
Prevaux Steven 2006
Provenzano Santino 2014
Quintero Jason 2013
Rabelo Wallrapp Ana 2004
Rasmussen Robert 1984
Rauenhorst Neil 1991
Ray Kenneth 2009
Razler Lisa 2014
Reid Randall 2014
Reinhardt William 2011
Remund Lynda 2005
Renshaw Al 2016
Rettig Julia 2002
Reyes Chris 2014
Reynolds Clara 1999
Reynolds Ryan 2018
Richards Darren 2012
Richey Larry 1994
Rieger Jarett 2012
Ritenour Cherry 2016
Robbins R. James 1991
Robbins David 2014
Roberts Camille 1988
Roberts C.J. 2007
Roberts Natalie 2018
Robertson Bridget 2004
Rogero Dennis 2014
Rogers Christopher 2017
Rohrlack Bob Leadership Gainesville ’89
Rollison Dana 2016
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Leadership (T)Amplified: Leaders in Motion

The Leadership Tampa Alumni members who attended LT Transportation Day 2.0 on Aug. 24 at Tampa International Airport may not have realized it, but they congregated near Tampa Bay’s population epicenter.

TIA marketing director Kari Goetz, who coordinated the fun-filled and informative day, said the epicenter for Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco sits just outside the airport’s Delta terminal.

Goetz took it upon herself to offer a different experience for participants, in part because TIA operates under an unwritten mantra.

“That’s one of the rules we have at Tampa International,” Goetz explained. “You can’t say, ‘This is the way we’ve always done it.’”

We spoke to Goetz about what she set out to accomplish, the joy she gets from working for TIA CEO Joe Lopano and how she sustains her entrance in the theater.

Tell us what you were hoping LTA members would take away from Transportation 2.0.
With the exception of LT ’18, no other LT program had ridden SkyConnect. Every other class either got a hard hat tour, or people remember the baggage sorting facility. If you’re from the Tampa Bay area, you’re probably not renting a car. If you’re not renting a car, you may not be taking SkyConnect, you may not see the rental car facility. We built it for our visitors, so there’s this huge gem that locals don’t experience. That was why I got excited when the Chamber came and asked, “Do you want to host a LT 2.0 on transportation?” I said, “Yes,” because I want people to realize what this facility is because they’re probably not using it. That was our goal, let people see what $1 billion did for the economy, for the community. Also, if you build it they will come. Look at the transportation infrastructure that we invested in and look at how it’s already starting to have an impact.

Can you elaborate on that?
We have a commercial curb that we built as part of the rental car facility with the hope that eventually we might get some bus service. We didn’t know how. We didn’t know when. We’ve had to put in temporary signage for local buses because it came so much faster than we anticipated. We built the curb and opened in February. By June, we had on the hour service from HART starting all the way in Wesley Chapel and coming down the I-275 corridor. We also now have nonstop service from the Ulmerton station in Pinellas across to the airport. Those are 12-15 buses a day we didn’t have before. That was also a story we wanted to communicate.

So, the rental car center decreases the traffic leading up to the terminal?
There was a day in 2016 that shall live in infamy at Tampa International Airport. We call it “Carmageddon.” We had a situation on the parkway that absolutely gridlocked the parkway. When we saw it and ran the numbers, we realized that the Carmageddon we experienced is what we’re going to experience more often in five to ten years if we didn’t do anything about our current roadway traffic with rental cars and the shuttle buses we were using back and forth from the economy parking.

While people could pick up their rental cars across from baggage claim, that’s not where they lived, right?
The rental cars didn’t sleep across from baggage claim. Rental cars slept way out on north property. There was a little under a mile and a half transit that those cars used to do on the parkway. They got their baths on the north property.  They got their oil changes on the north property. All inventory was accounted for on the north property. Those cars were having to get transported that distance constantly from the north property, and as people were returning those cars, they were being driven over to north property in chunks. The rental car center has taken 4 million cars off the roadway annually. It’s huge.

At the Transportation Day, we got a chance to hear from Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano. What’s it like working for Joe?
It’s like changing a tire, but the car is going 75 miles an hour. I actually empathize with the stories of the Imagineers who worked at Disney, because Walt would have these incredible ideas and the Imagineers would say, “How are we going to do that?” It’s the same here, but I’ve learned this amazing technique, and it’s, “Yes, if …” You say yes to all of his ideas, if he can handle what it’s going to take to get there (laughs). You know what, there are a lot of times he’s willing to absorb the if. As he said, we will always find the money if it’s the right thing to do. If it’s the right thing to do for the community, if it’s the right thing to do for future generations, we will find a way to get that done. He’s not afraid of the if. He’ll go to the yes, and he’ll work through the if. That’s a pretty exciting place to be because we get to figure out how the “if” works.

So, Joe Lopano is a doer. He says instead of, “No we can’t,” we need to say, “Watch this.”
He’s a change agent. He believes in revolutionary change, not evolutionary change. There are two mindsets: evolutionary change or revolutionary change. It’ll happen over time or it’ll happen because we’ll make it happen. He makes it happen.

The day also featured a panel discussion with Tyler Hudson from All For Transportation, Brightline Vice President Bob O’Malley and Tampa City Councilman Mike Suarez. How enlightening was the panel discussion for you, because you’re pretty plugged into transportation?
I learned a little bit. I thought I had a pretty good understanding of All For Transportation, but some of that future proofing we learned about — the idea of 56 percent of the funds being out in the county — I kind of knew that but I feel like I got my talking points reinforced and now I know how to go out and speak about it. “Why are you voting for it?” I think the short answer before was we need better transportation and I work for the airport. Now I feel like I have some stronger talking points about how it’s going to affect and improve the lives of everybody in Hillsborough County.

There appears to be more specificity in the All For Transportation proposal than some may realize.
I agree. Now I have a better way of defending and clarifying what it’s actually going to be doing. It was also great to hear from Bob from Brightline. That’s a super exciting opportunity. I’m watching that closely because it would be such a game changer for all of us.

I remember you once portrayed a dog in the stage production of Sylvia. Do you still get the itch to engage in theatrical productions?
I do about one show a year. At Jobsite, I was nonstop. I was in every show or directing a show, but I got married and I had a kid and I started working here and I travel all the time, but October is a quiet month for me and that’s usually when I try to get a project in. On Oct. 1, I go into rehearsals for Stageworks. I am directing a show that opens in November called The Revolutionists. It’s the French Revolution through the eyes of four women. It’s a playwright, Marie Antoinette, the woman who killed Marat and a woman who represents the Haitian spy network. It’s going to be a good show.