Santiago Corrada started his first official day Monday as president and chief executive of Tampa Bay & Company, Hillsborough County’s visitors bureau, the same day the industry began its annual celebration of National Tourism Week.
The energetic Corrada began getting involved with his new job in early April, when the nine-year veteran of various Tampa city government posts was hired after competition with more than 100 candidates.
“Since then I’ve been meeting people and getting in touch with what we must do,” said Corrada, who was chief of staff and troubleshooter for two Tampa mayors and headed the Tampa Convention Center for a year.
Corrada discussed his new role Monday with Tribune reporter Ted Jackovics. Responses were edited for brevity.