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  The D. John Benanti story seems to be best told by his love of his school (Tampa Technical Institute), his employees, his colleagues and most importantly, his students.

He truly was a man with a mission—a mission that reflected itself in everything he did and touched. He lived by the creed that you did what you said you would do. He instilled this in his employees.

As Tampa Tech recruited outside the Tampa area, students came from all over the state. For many, this was their first time away from home. The responsibility to these students was great. It extended from finding them a place to live to teaching them fiscal responsibility. All while seeing that the education they received positioned them for the world of work. Students were required to dress professionally and to conduct themselves in and out of the classroom in an appropriate manner.

John was sensitive to the needs of the market place, even establishing training for hearing impaired students when he met a young man who had lost his job in publishing and found it difficult to find the support he needed for retraining into fields that were hiring.

Marketing, admissions, and student services were his passions. John extended his training classes beyond his own campus, conducting seminars for FAPS and even traveling for workshops outside the state and producing Professional Video Training Programs in conjunction with Work Force Communications.

Among the organizing members of FAPS, John opened his school and shared his expertise with others—a practice commonly subscribed in the early days of FAPS and extending throughout the organization’s 60 year history. John served as President of FAPS from 1970-1975.

John Benanti passed away in 1999 but his legacy has lived on through the many contribution he made to higher education and the lives of students. 
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