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Recipe for Success with Guest Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways

Recipe for Success with Guest Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways

Update: 2020-08-28
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Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally.




Let's get cooking! Robert Ceravolo is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tropic Ocean Airways, a regional airlift solution based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Operating amphibious seaplane aircraft in five countries, Tropic Ocean Airways has become the largest amphibious airline in the world with additional planned fleet and service growth around the globe.  




Former Navy fighter pilot and winner of the prestigious Ernst & Young Regional Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019, Ceravolo founded the airline in 2009. He is responsible for growing the company from one aircraft and one employee to its current size of 15 aircraft and an expanding team of more than 100 employees. Offering passenger and cargo flights with both scheduled and charter routes, Tropic Ocean Airways services domestic and international regions including Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The airline received scheduled Commuter authority from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and has a stellar safety record and reputation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).   




Utilizing his extensive military aviation expertise, Ceravolo places a strong emphasis on training and development of pilots and personnel.  The Tropic Ocean Airways training program is modeled after the procedures and training philosophy of US Navy flight training.  Ceravolo believes that proper training and development is the key to growth during the global pilot shortage. 




In addition to solving regional travel problems utilizing amphibious aircraft, Ceravolo has made it his mission to be a positive influence in the communities that Tropic Ocean Airways services - leading Disaster Response Operations since 2015.  Most recently the company led a multi-organization effort, which resulted in 900 evacuations and 200,000 pounds of relief supplies delivered in the first 10 days following Hurricane Dorian's landfall in the Bahamas, in addition to ongoing rebuilding assistance.  Ceravolo also sits on the board of Saving The Blue, a non-profit dedicated to marine conservation. 




Prior to his position at Tropic Ocean Airways, Ceravolo served as an Officer and Aviator in the United States Navy (Active Duty: 2001 - 2011, Reserve: 2011 - Present), where he flew the F-14D, F-18E, and F-5N, deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, attended TOPGUN (2009), and served as his squadron’s Assistant Operations Officer, Training Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Legal Officer, Administration Officer and Maintenance Officer.  Additionally, he served as a Coalition Coordination Officer for United States Central Command, where he served as a Liaison to the Coalition and was responsible for coordinating logistical support for foreign allied countries supporting the International Security Assistance Force.




Learn more about Tropic Ocean Airways: https://flytropic.com/




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Recipe for Success with Guest Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways

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