Posted by: Laura Frost on Monday, March 14, 2022

Name: Ben Robins 
LT Class Year: LT 2021 
Company Name: Tampa International Airport, Vice President of Maintenance 
Interviewed by: Laura Frost  

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.  

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.