Breezin’ Chats Episode 14: The Runway to Tampa’s Future (Feat. Danny Cooper)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guest, Danny Cooper, to answer the question, “What is flying people to the Tampa Bay area?” Danny is a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and currently works as the Senior Manager of Marketing at Tampa International Airport.

Danny is a proud Florida native. Following his graduation at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, he attended college at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on a full-ride scholarship from the U.S. Air Force. Danny began his collegiate years as a computer science major with pilot training as the end goal, but ended up graduating in 1997 with a degree in English Literature and working as a Public Affairs officer at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Following his work in the Air Force, Danny worked as the Assistant Vice President of Communication and Public Relations at Lanier Upshaw and later as the Associate Director of the University of South Florida Alumni Association. He most enjoyed reconnecting alumni to a university that is completely different from when they visited and working outside the Tampa market.


Danny recalls a vivid memory of thinking that working at a university or airport someday would be cool, and the later half of that dream came true not long after the first. In 2014, he began work at the Tampa International Airport while also attending The University of Tampa to obtain his MBA. Danny works with the mindset that the airport should never be the reason people don’t come to the market, and has had undeniable success in ensuring the airport provides the best experience for its visitors.


The team comments how he has come full-circle doing work in the aerospace field, and Danny encourages any interested listeners to get into the field sooner in their career than he did. He believes that if you put into the universe what you want, it will happen.


Tune in to Breezin’ Chats to hear more about Danny’s career, his insight on marketing, expansions, and improvements at Tampa International, and where the future of Tampa Bay is headed.


Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. Breezin’ Chats is now streaming on all major platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and YouTube. Download and stream your favorite episode today, only on