Name: Ben Robins
LT Class Year: LT 2021
Company Name: Tampa International Airport, Vice President of Maintenance
Interviewed by: Laura Frost
- Tell us, why LTA?
Upon being assigned to MacDill AFB and moving to Tampa, my family discovered a home. I had not seriously contemplated retiring from the U.S. Air Force prior to this move, and realized I held gaps and questions about the world outside the military. I viewed LT as a “flight path” to understanding…to gaining knowledge of the community, industries, and networks beyond the world I knew.
- For you, what separates LTA from other business leadership programs?
This is a very generous program, with broad inclusion across the region. For me, it was a perfect fit for understanding the greater Tampa Bay community with the preeminent Chamber of Commerce. We owe Parke Wright IV a debt of gratitude for his generous sponsorship of the military representatives in our program.
- Describe a time when the LTA experience impacted your life or career?
I owe much of my learning and growth over the past year to my experience with LT. The high-caliber, motivated people I have come to know in this region have positivity shaped my perspective and understanding of a true community. They reinforced my decision to place roots here, mentored me through my transition from the military, and continue to uplift and support one another. I am so proud to be part of LT, and particularly a “Goldie” of LT21.
- What is a LTA benefit you wish everyone knew about?
All the wonderful networking events…from breakfasts to speaker series. Learning and growth never stops with LTA.
- Describe how the leadership journey will continue to shape you?
I am extremely excited to join the TIA team, with the opportunity to continue serving and contributing to our community. A collaborative, inclusive, and dynamic positive culture with teamwork at its core is important to me, and Tampa International embodies these great qualities. I am thrilled to begin my transition with an organization that leads with innovation, creates global access with world class customer service, and advances the prosperity of our region.