A seasoned maritime professional with 30 years of experience accumulated from different areas of the industry namely: cruise passenger, cruise ferry/fast ferry, ocean, air and surface transportation.
In 2005 he was selected to head up the Port of Brownsville, TX, as Port Director & CEO, a 5 million metric ton Mexico border facility with over 45,000 acres of land.
He served as President/CEO of Maya Lines, a short sea cargo and passenger project, from Florida to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico after holding senior port management positions for 8 years receiving the Professional Port Management Certification, PPM®, from the American Association of Port Authorities in 2003.
In 1999 he became Assistant Port Director for the Port of Miami, Cruise Capital of the World and Florida’s largest container port. Before that, he served as Trade Development Manager for the Tampa Port Authority, the largest tonnage port in the State of Florida.
His seasoned ocean liner industry experience stems from stateside and offshore Latin American, Caribbean and European executive-managerial assignments with recognized ocean lines such as Sealand, Crowley American Transport, Del Monte Fresh Fruit and NANACO of Costa Rica facilitated by his bicultural and bilingual upbringing.
He received a Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, a Latin American Area Studies Certification and embarked on a Masters’ program at the University of Costa Rica.
Serving as member or board member in maritime, trade and community organizations he was or is associated with Miami Dade County Mayor’s Marketing Council, Trade Mission Center of the Americas, Beacon Council, Propeller club, American Association of Port Authorities, Florida Brokers and Forwarders Association, Florida Foreign Trade Association, World Trade Center, Enterprise Florida, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the bi-national chambers of commerce, Tampa Committee of 100 and President of the Tampa Bay Cargo Association.
Languages: Spanish, English