Transportation

EDWARD M. “TED” CHRISTIE

PRESIDENT & CEO, SPIRIT AIRLINES, MIRAMAR

Christie, a self-described “numbers nerd,” is a graduate of the University of Arizona. He began his airline career at Frontier Airlines, rising to CFO as he helped the carrier restructure. He became CFO of Pinnacle Airlines, a holding company for Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express, before joining Spirit, a pioneer in ultra-low-cost travel, in 2012 as CFO. He became Spirit’s president in 2019.

Through its charitable foundation, Spirit supports Embry-Riddle scholarships for women and other underrepresented groups in aviation. In a presentation to Embry-Riddle students in late 2020, he described the difficulties facing the industry during the pandemic, and said that Spirit’s cost structure and operational efficiencies — it operates only Airbus planes — would enable it to recover more quickly than other carriers. He advised students to learn the business, find a mentor and volunteer for additional tasks. “If there’s a project, be really engaged and ready to work. I find in my company that people who do that tend to accelerate their movement through the company,” he told the group.

Paul Anderson

Port Tampa Bay

Frank DiBello

Space Florida

JOHN E. FENTON

PATRIOT RAIL AND PORTS

Mark Gale

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Jim Gattoni

Landstar System

Patrick Goddard

Brightline

Eric Green

JaxPort

Bobby Harris

BlueGrace Logistics

Juan Kuryla

PortMiami

JUAN CARLOS LISCANO

AMERICAN AIRLINES

Joe Lopano

Tampa International Airport

JOHN W. MURRAY

CANAVERAL PORT AUTHORITY

ANANTH PRASAD

FLORIDA TRANSPORTATION BUILDERS’ ASSOCIATION

STEVEN ROSSUM

SILVER AIRWAYS AND SEABORNE AIRLINES

Robert Sanchez

Ryder System

ARTHUR R. SAVAGE

A.R. SAVAGE & SON