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Glenn Wiltshire (Photo: Port Everglades)

Wiltshire Named Acting Director of Port Everglades

successfully implemented several innovative programs to support increasing cargo, cruise and energy volumes, and has worked closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other state and federal agencies to move the port forward with innovative programs.He currently serves as a member of the South Florida District Export Council for the U.S. Department of Commerce and is president of the Florida Ocean Alliance.A native of Little Falls, NJ, Wiltshire graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1976. He received a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School

Kenny Ballard and Lance Richardson (Photo: Wing Group)

New Leadership at Mustang Survival and Wing Group

across the retail sector and knows how to navigate the complexities of commercial and military operations.’Ballard will lead from the Mustang Waterlife Headquarters Vancouver, BC, which includes the local manufacturing facility. He’ll be overseeing the newly moved and expanded Jacksonville Florida plant, operations in Spencer, Virginia, and the overseas office in Salisbury, UK.Lance Richardson will have his desk next to Ballard’s at the Vancouver headquarters. As an Arc’teryx and Herschel alumni, Richardson’s supply chain and manufacturing expertise will fold seamlessly

Jonathan Daniels (Photo: Maryland Department of Transportation)

Jonathan Daniels to Lead Port of Baltimore

to advance significant projects that will grow business and increase job opportunities.”At Port Everglades, Daniels led a $3 billion plan to expand business lines in containers, energy and cruise activity. Port Everglades is the 13th busiest container port in the U.S., the busiest energy port in Florida and the third busiest cruise homeport in the world. Prior to working at Port Everglades, Daniels was executive director and CEO for the Mississippi State Port Authority and oversaw a $570 million expansion and reconstruction project. He also worked for the Port of Oswego in New York and the Eastern

David Horne (Photo: HII)

Horne Named VP of Trades at Newport News Shipbuilding

that we are working to strengthen across the entire organization,” Boykin shared.A 1989 honors graduate of the NNS’ Apprentice School, Horne holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Christopher Newport University and a master’s degree in engineering management from Florida Institute of Technology

Jennifer Hudak (Photo: TOTE Group)

TOTE Group Announces Jennifer Hudak as SVP of HR

terminals, where she served as human resources vice president for operations, supporting the company’s global network.Prior to Signature, Hudak oversaw HR strategies for PulteGroup, Inc., one of the nation’s largest residential home construction companies, as area vice president in Orlando, Florida. She previously worked at Pepsico, where she began her career and advanced through increasing roles of responsibility to become a human resources director for the company’s North American Beverages Division.Since Hudak assumed her role as senior vice president of human resources for the TOTE

Troy Layton is SeaPort Manatee’s newly appointed director of business development. (Photo: SeaPort Manatee)

SeaPort Manatee Promotes Two Senior Staffers

SeaPort Manatee announced it has a newly promoted team of senior staff members leading business development initiatives for the Southwest and Central Florida trade hub.Effective Monday, August 7, Troy Layton is SeaPort Manatee’s director of business development, while Malcolm Edwards assumes the role of deputy director of business development.Layton joined SeaPort Manatee in July 2022 as senior manager of operations, following 28 years with Federal Marine Terminals Inc., the last 24 of those years as the stevedoring firm’s terminal manager for Manatee County’s seaport.Edwards, who

Austal USA promoted Christy Taylor to the newly established position of Chief Operating Officer for Transformation.  Photo courtesy Austal USA

Taylor Named Austal USA COO for Transformation

while identifying and enabling synergies across these functions to ensure the company is aligned in pursuit of Austal USA’s strategic goals.Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in accounting from University of Central Florida. She is a licensed CPA in the states of Alabama and Florida as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), the Alabama Society of CPAs, and the University of South Alabama Accounting Advisory Board

Mike Brennan (Photo: NOAA)

Brennan Named Director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center

by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards, enabling communities to be safe from tropical weather threats. The National Hurricane Center is co-located with the National Weather Service Miami-South Florida forecast office on the campus of Florida International University

Marco Santoro (Photo: RMK Merrill-Stevens)

Marco Santoro Takes Over as CEO at RMK Merrill-Stevens

on both sides of the Miami River, RMK Merrill-Stevens is equipped to handle diverse projects ranging from major refits and repair to rebuilds and reconfigurations, including reengineering and repowering, for vessels up to 250 feet long and up to 50 wide. Founded in in 1866, RMK Merrill-Stevens is Florida's oldest shipyard, but in recent years it has undergone a transformation, with numerous upgrades to its South Yard, including a new parts department and workspaces, as well as construction of the North Yard, complete with a 2,700-ton Pearlson shiplift."This company has an incredible heritage

Joey D’Isernia (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Joey D’Isernia Named CEO of Eastern Shipbuilding Group

step into this role knowing how much my father sacrificed for us and for this company. We will carry on his legacy and maintain Eastern’s core values of delivering our clients exceptional service and the highest quality vessels,” said Joey D’Isernia.Joey was appointed president of the Florida-based shipbuilding group in 2015 and has spent his entire career working in the shipyard with his father and brothers.As president, he oversaw Eastern’s recovery following Hurricane Michael in 2018, as well as achievements in its execution of the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) project for the

Joseph Farrell, III and Lana Farrell (Photo: Resolve Marine)

Resolve Marine Announces New Leadership Roles

with oversight of the company’s Alaska and compliance divisions, shared resources (equipment, assets, and response depots), marketing and communications, and Resolve Academy.  He holds a B.S. in marine engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, an M.S. in ocean engineering from Florida Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Cornell University.Lana Farrell, also a second-generation family member with the company and currently manager of talent development, will add responsibilities and lead the company’s alternative investments division with oversight of Resolve Academy

George Kruse (Photo: Manatee County Port Authority)

Kruse Elected Manatee County Port Authority Chairman

authority sets policy and oversees major expenditures for SeaPort Manatee.Members of the port authority board serve staggered four-year terms, with annual election of officers.Located where Tampa Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, SeaPort Manatee serves as a ships-to-shelves gateway for Southwest and Central Florida markets, with rail and roadway links, including to the distribution-center-filled Tampa/Orlando Interstate 4 corridor. The closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal, SeaPort Manatee offers 10 deep-draft berths, fulfilling demands of container, liquid and dry bulk, breakbulk, heavylift

Meaghan Atkinson (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Names Atkinson VP of Sustainability

have substantially advanced our mission to be the most sustainable and innovative maritime, logistics and technology company in the Americas.”Prior to joining Crowley, Atkinson spent more than 15 years managing sustainability programs for organizations including CSX Corporation and the State of Florida Department of Military Affairs. Her industry leadership includes expertise in sustainability strategy and best management practice, environmental regulation and management, ESG reporting and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification. Atkinson holds a master&rsquo

Cindy D’Aoust (Photo: American Queen Voyages)

D’Aoust Named President of American Queen Voyages

, D’Aoust served as the Global President & CEO of trade group Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). D’Aoust also served in a variety of board affiliations and memberships across the global travel landscape.She currently resides in Cape May, NJ and will be relocating to South Florida

James Bennett (Photo: JAXPORT)

JAXPORT Promotes Infrastructure Development Leader Bennett to COO

;s major growth projects, including the 47-foot harbor deepening project, a $100 million berth modernization project, and renovations to improve operational efficiencies at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal.He has extensive experience in senior transportaion positions, including more than 20 years with the Florida Department of Transportation, where he served as planning manager for District Two, encompassing 18 counties throughout North Florida. Prior to joining JAXPORT, Bennett was the senior engineer for RS&H in Jacksonville, working directly with port personnel on the engineering, planning, design

Stuart, Florida-based Ocean5 appointed Roger Kovalski as Vice President of Engineering. Photo courtesy Ocean5

Kovalski Named VP, Engineering at Ocean5

Stuart, Florida-based Ocean5 appointed Roger Kovalski as Vice President of Engineering. He was previously Senior Project Engineer & Yacht Designer, and began his career with OCEAN5 in early 2012.Kovalski has been in the engineering and design profession for over 25 years, coming to the U.S/ from his native home in Brazil in 2001. He is fully conversant with the engineering needs of any project including the design of aluminum, steel or fiberglass boats and is proficient in all technical applications, techniques, and software pertinent to the design and production processes.Roger has played a

L to R: Doug Ross, Chuck Gould & Bruce Woodfin. Image courtesy Cox Marine

Cox Marine Charts U.S. Growth with Key Appointments

America as it builds its regional team to drive business growth. Doug Ross was confirmed as Regional Sales Director, North America, to lead Cox Marine’s sales strategy, overseeing all business channels in the country and working closely with the U.S. distributors to stimulate growth.Based in South Florida, Ross will build and support the strengthened regional sales team, which includes the second new appointment, Regional Sales Manager Chuck Gould. Current Cox Marine sales manager Bruce Woodfin has been confirmed as the new Aftersales Manager, North America, with the final team incorporating both

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