Employee Profiles

Antonio Lopez

Operations Supervisor; Leader, Operators Training and Certification Program Joined TECO: 1983

If anyone asks Antonio Lopez if achieving the American dream is possible, he quickly answers, “yes!” He’s living proof. Originally from El Salvador, Lopez first set foot at TECO as a member of the building’s cleaning crew, running a vacuum, dusting the offices and taking out the trash. Today Antonio is TECO’s operations supervisor and runs the on-the-job training for the company’s Operators Training and Certification Program.

Given Antonio’s rise through the organization, he’s a natural fit to lead the program since he genuinely understands its importance. For Antonio it all began when TECO recognized his potential and tapped him for its distribution maintenance crew. After that he moved to maintenance and then to operations, where he became an operations shift leader. In 2008, he was promoted to operations supervisor.

“We all want to move up in life,” says Antonio. “So I don’t think I’m that different from anyone else. But I took advantage of the training they gave me and listened closely to my supervisor. One thing he said is that as a leader it’s okay to be firm, but there are respectful ways to lead. I’ll never forget that.”

Since 2010, Antonio has worked closely with TECO Executive Vice President Larry Null, who developed the OTCP, providing an operator’s insight on how to make the program most effective. He and Null continue to expand and optimize it.

“It’s rewarding to see the operators work their way through the program,” says Antonio. “I see myself in them and hope they have same opportunity to succeed here that I’ve had.”

 
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