Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet

This Engineers Week, the engineering societies of the Tampa Bay area will be hosting the annual Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet on, February 20, 2020, at the TPepin’s Hospitality Centre.

This premier event brings together local leaders and engineering professionals to recognize the outstanding achievements of Engineers, Science Teachers, Math Teachers, and Students in our community.

Additionally, awards will be presented to outstanding engineers in each discipline, as well as local engineering students excelling in their engineering related studies and Young Professionals. The banquet also features the Lignell Awards. These awards, named after a former Chairman for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), are given to local High School educators who are performing outstanding work in the instruction of the STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math). The organizers of the event recognize the important role these individuals play in encouraging students to pursue technological degrees in college.

The banquet is a combination of efforts by all the Enginering Societies of West Central Florida  This event brings together professionals in all fields from all around Tampa and Florida’s west coast.

Keynote Speaker: Col. Mant Hawkins (Ret)

Mant is an experienced President, CEO, COO, USMC Colonel, Commander, combat veteran, TOPGUN Instructor, and entrepreneur. Mant’s personal cause is to help people and organizations succeed when the stakes are highest. Whether it is leading companies, advising CEO’s, or acting as a personal coach or mentor he blends the Marine Corps’ powerfully effective leadership skills with entrepreneurship to create cultures that excel.

Mant currently leads Oak Harbor Investment Co., bringing a new asset class of real estate investments to the global market. Colonel Hawkins (Retired) has started and or led blockchain, commercial real estate, and directed energy companies, as well as, defense organizations worldwide. His track record includes awards for superior leadership, operational excellence, financial, and aviation maintenance performance. Keenly focused on maximizing organizational cultures to create high performance, his methods of organizational design and operations have proven successful over multiple industries.

Mant participates in the Dallas Business Executives for National Security (BENS), Dallas and Fort Worth World Affairs Council and is a requested strategy, leadership and entrepreneurship mentor. He has spoken on C-SPAN for the DFW World Affairs Council, as a keynote speaker for HBO’s Premier of the Movie “Taking Chance” and as an advisor in the HBO central region for their documentary on Post Traumatic Stress, “Wartorn: 1861- 2010.”

He is a past presenter/panelist at the SMU Tower Center National Security Forum and has twice presented at TEDx SMU. He is the outgoing President of the award-winning regional National Defense Industry Association (NDIA), Board Member of the TCU AddRan School of Liberal Arts.

As a Marine, Colonel Hawkins’ (Retired) combat decorated career included three theaters of action in the air and on the ground, multiple commands, and director of operations, logistics and supply chain assignments. His senior staff billets were as special adviser to the Four-Star Commander of US Central Command and Special Projects at US Special Operations Command.

Achieving a childhood dream, he was able to serve as a US Marine, a Navy Fighter Weapon School (TOPGUN) Instructor and combat carrier aviator. He has piloted over 5,000 hours accident free in the FA-18A/B/C/D, F-16N, A-4E/F, and KC-130 aircraft all over the world including aircraft carriers, expeditionary airfields, dirt strips, small islands in the Pacific and conflict-torn countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Colonel Hawkins graduated from The Citadel, and holds three Masters degrees: MBA, Texas Christian University, Strategic Studies, U.S.A.F Air University, Military History, U.S. Marine Corps University and an Executive Education Certificate from MIT in Platform Business Models.

Who: Engineers of Florida’s West Coast, Family and Friends

February 20, 2020

Where: TPepin’s Hospitality Centre
4121 N 50th St, Tampa, FL 33610

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Networking & Exhibition
            6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner Program & Awards

$65 per person (pre-event price / $75 day of event)

Chicken or Short Ribs

Cocktail/ Evening Attire