Allen Thompson

Executive Director

How long have you worked for/with the Port? 16 Years (13 yrs., TBPA; 3 yrs., USCG Captain of the Port)

What are your main responsibilities? Serves as the first point of contact for professional pilotage issues and handles the day to day activities of the Association. Provides leadership and vision for planning, organizing and implementation of administration and management functions relating to matters of interest to the Tampa Bay ports, pilotage, safety and security and provides oversight for the association projects. As Executive Director, develops and presents specific initiatives and policies to achieve the effective, efficient and timely delivery of pilotage services within the Tampa Bay region.

What do you love most about your job? The interaction and interfaced with the maritime community; working together to ensure that the ports and waterways of Tampa Bay remain safe, are efficient and are some of the best in the world.

What advice would you give to the younger generation? Get Involved! Don’t Be Intimidated! Know Your Craft!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A Research Scientist.

When you are not at work, what do you enjoy doing? Having a cigar and playing golf.