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 Thursday, February 22, 2018, 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.

Frank DiBello, President & Chief Executive Officer of Space Florida

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Frank DiBello serves as the Chief Executive officer and President of Space Florida Corporation. Mr. DiBello develops and executes programs designed to retain, grow and expand aerospace business in Florida. He also focuses on the development of Florida aerospace workforce retention and vendor appreciation programs. Mr. DiBello serves as President of Florida at Assure Space, LLC. At Space Florida, Mr. DiBello is the founding partner for Aerospace Capital Partners. He also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of a strategic advisory and investment banking firm serving the aerospace and high-technology industry. He also served as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s Aerospace Finance Corporation, established by the Florida legislature to assist financing the needs of new and established companies applying aerospace technologies to space, aviation and defense markets.

Mr. DiBello has more than 40 years of direct aerospace and defense industry-related experience. Formerly, Mr. DiBello served as the founding officer and vice chairman of SpaceVest Management Group, Inc., the sponsoring organization of the SpaceVest family of funds and as managing director of several SpaceVest Venture Capital Funds. As a partner, he structured initiatives for strategic development of portfolio companies and managed portfolio investments. Mr. DiBello served as Managing Director of SpaceVest III L.P. and RedShift Ventures. Mr. DiBello was the founder and managing partner of KPMG Peat Marwick’s Commercial Space and Advanced Technologies Practice and managed the Firm’s Aerospace Industry Practice for over fifteen years. He also founded Space Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of Cella Energy Limited. He served as Director of Enterprise Florida, Inc. He conceived and implemented this specialized practice focused on the strategic development and financing of businesses applying advanced technologies to space and telecommunications.

Over the course of his career, Mr. DiBello was appointed by NASA to serve on a number of critical space commissions and committees. As such, he assumed responsibility for overseeing a five-year national outreach program to support NASA’s mission of stimulating industrial interest in the Space Station and in space-related research, development and applications. Mr. DiBello has also participated in numerous strategic, financial, and market assessments for multinational space industry clients. Mr. DiBello taught at the Defense Systems Management College and International Space University.

In 1985, Mr. DiBello received the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Defense Department’s highest civilian honor, for his work as president of the United Services Organization (USO). He received his BS in Mathematics from Villanova University and did graduate study work at American University and George Washington University.

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

February 22, 2018

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

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Vendor Expo and Cocktails
            6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner, Speaker, Awards

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

Chicken, Fish or Vegetarian

Cocktail/ Evening Attire