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2018 Person of Vision: Judith Lisi

Judith Lisi

Judith Lisi

Please join us for our 2018 Person of Vision Award Dinner February 19, 2018 at the Tampa Airport Marriott as we honor Judith Lisi, President, Chief Executive Officer, Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

5:15 p.m. — Private Reception
6 p.m. — General Reception
7 p.m. — Dinner and Award Ceremony

Judith Lisi joined the Straz Center in 1992. Through her leadership, the Straz Center has significantly expanded its programming, established financial stability, retired an accumulated debt, and has met the goals of three five-year, long-range plans. Lisi’s arts management philosophy includes a belief in, and a commitment to, the community and to ensuring outreach, accessibility, and audience development for the entire community through multicultural and educational programming.

Lisi has directed more than 40 productions and has written six plays. She holds a Master’s Degree in theater and communication arts from St. Louis University and has done doctoral work in theater at the University of Minnesota. She studied opera at the Juilliard School of Music and with the Metropolitan Opera. Previously, as Executive Director of the prestigious Shubert Performing Arts Center in New Haven, Connecticut, the Shubert enjoyed artistic and financial success.

In May 2002, the League of American Theatres and Producers honored Lisi with the Samuel J. L’ Hommedieu Presenter of the Year Award for “bringing the magic of live theater to thousands of area residents through a variety of audience development and education programs.”

In January 2008, Lisi received the prestigious Patrick Hayes Award for Lifetime Achievement from ISPA, the International Society for the Performing Arts.

Preserve Vision Florida hosts the annual dinner to honor a person of vision who has had a profound impact on the region or state of Florida through true community leadership and vision.

Previous honorees have included Joseph W. Lopano, Chief Executive Officer of Tampa International Airport (2017); Tampa Maybor Bob Buckhorn (2016); Jeff and Penny Vinik (2015); Betty Castor and US Representative Kathy Castor (2014); and many other luminaries.


The 2017 Person of Vision Award Dinner includes a private sponsor reception starting at 5:15 p.m. at CK’s Revolving Restaurant at the Tampa Airport Marriott. An opening reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the premier dinner and program, 7-9 p.m.

The program includes recognition of past winners, toasts by dignitaries, an acceptance speech by the honoree, and brief comments about Preserve Vision Florida’s mission.


Preserve Vision Florida invites sponsorships for the dinner and offers individual tickets ($250) and individual patron tickets ($400) for this event. Proceeds from the evening will help fund Preserve Vision Florida’s programs.

For a complete description of sponsorship levels and a mail-in registration form for sponsorships and tickets:

Purchase individual patron tickets ($400 each) online:

Purchase individual tickets ($250 each) online:


From cabbie to airport CEO, Joe Lopano honored for billion-dollar vision behind Tampa International’s transformation

Tampa International Airport’s CEO Joe Lopano was feted on Monday night as the Person of Vision by Preserve Vision Florida, which offers eye care to both children and adults.

Read the article in the Tampa Bay Business Journal and watch the video of Mr. Lopano’s speech.