A national recruitment firm has announced four finalists in contention to take over operations of Tampa International Airport.

The firm Spencer Stuart has selected four candidates for executive director of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which operates TIA, according to an authority press release. None of the finalists are internal candidates from HCAA or TIA, which is currently headed by interim executive director John Wheat. Wheat took over after the abrupt resignation of 13-year veteran director Louis Miller earlier this year.

The four finalists are:

  • Kevin A. Dillon, president and CEO, Rhode Island Airport Corporation
  • Kent G. George, director of aviation, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  • Joseph W. Lopano, executive vice president, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
  • Lester W. Robinson, former CEO, Detroit Metropilitan Airport

The TIA board of directors will complete interviews of the candidates in September, and will choose the next director Oct. 7.

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