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Tampa Convention Center Welcomes New Chief Maintenance Engineer


The Tampa Convention Center team is pleased to announce the addition of a new Chief Maintenance Engineer after a nationwide search. The center has hired Abed Pompa for this vital role within the Facilities/Operations and Maintenance Department.

Pompa joins the Tampa Convention Center team with an extensive facilities background, including working with large hospital facilities departments. Pompa previously worked at the Tampa General Hospital.

Among a long list of qualifications, Pompa has a Certified Mechanical Contractors License and an Associates in Arts degree in engineering. He has experience with Building Automation Controls (BAS) and HVAC and building systems. He has been involved in training facilities personnel as well as developing technical operations procedures.

Pompa will oversee the Maintenance, Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC/Chiller plant teams at the Tampa Convention Center.

Facility Upgrades

The Tampa Convention Center has utilized cutting-edge technology in the meetings and events industry. The center just completed a $44.5 million Capital Improvements Project in 2023.

As part of the recent improvements, the Tampa Convention Center invested in comprehensive updates to its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, including new, high-efficiency chillers, rebuilt pumps, and upgraded air handling units to cut energy consumption, leading to cost savings for clients. Other key improvements include the conversion of elevators to cable pulley systems and LED lighting with occupancy sensors.

Pompa’s expertise and leadership will be instrumental in managing these new systems, as well as future upgrades, at the Tampa Convention Center.