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Florida Ports Council Bolsters Professional Staff

Seizing upon opportunities to ensure Florida’s ports are the global leaders of tomorrow, the Florida Ports Council has bolstered its professional leadership staff.

Michael Rubin

FPC Board Chairman and Port of Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira recently announced that Michael Rubin has been named President and CEO. Rubin, who most recently served as Interim President and CEO, has dedicated much of his career to the FPC, serving as Vice President for more than 20 years.

As President and CEO, Rubin will draw on his two decades of experience creating and developing economic development and international trade policy, which includes the creation of Enterprise Florida, international export promotion programs and seaport development financing legislation.

Emily Fisher

A new team member is also joining the FPC. Emily Fisher has been hired as Vice President of Programs. Fisher brings a wealth of business, economic development and member relations experience from her previous employers, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. She will lead programmatic efforts related to the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Program, as well as managing seaport relations.

“We’re pleased to have Emily join the seaports team, and are excited about her ability to transfer her business and economic development experience to help benefit Florida’s seaports,” Michael Rubin, President and CEO, said.

Christy Gandy

Familiar face Christy Gandy, who is a 15-plus year veteran of the FPC, has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. She will continue assisting with daily operations of the Tallahassee-based office, and leading all event planning for regularly scheduled meetings with executives from Florida’s seaports.

“Christy is a dedicated team member, routinely helping ensure we provide the best meetings and events for our members and stakeholders, and she is well-deserving of this promotion,” Rubin explained.