A new slate of officer took over the JAXPORT Board of Directors on October 1. Elected Chair of the Board was business leader J. Palmer Clarkson. He is the founder of Bridgestone HosePower, LLC, the largest U.S.-based service provider of hydraulic and industrial hoses used in construction machinery, mining, oil field equipment and manufacturing facilities.
Clarkson will be joined by the following officers who will serve in these roles through Sept. 30, 2023:
- Vice Chair: Daniel Bean, Attorney and Partner at Abel Bean Law, P.A.
- Treasurer: Brad Talbert, CEO of HCA Florida Memorial Hospital
- Secretary and Immediate Past Chair: Wendy Hamilton, President, Eventide Investments of Florida
Other members of the JAXPORT Board of Directors include Jamie Shelton, President of bestbet Jacksonville; and Ed Fleming, Retired CEO/President of Atlantic Marine Holding Co, LLC.
JAXPORT also recently added two additional experienced ocean carrier executives to its commercial team.
David Briceno joins JAXPORT as Director of Cargo Sales for the U.S. Southeast. He is responsible for growing JAXPORT’s container business with new and existing importers, exporters, beneficial cargo owners, and manufacturers located in the region.
Briceno has nearly two decades of experience serving in roles of increasing responsibility with global ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd. Most recently, he served as Senior Account Executive, responsible for managing containerized cargo accounts and building trade relationships with shippers in the Southeast Florida and U.S. Gulf Coast regions. In that role, he managed container cargo accounts for some of the largest Southeast-U.S.-based shippers, including department stores and big box retailers.
Ocean carrier operations executive Raymond “Mike” Ryan joins JAXPORT as Director of Cargo Sales for the U.S. Northeast. He is responsible for growing the port’s container volumes by developing and maintaining relationships with ocean carriers, cargo owners, non-vessel operators and freight forwarders located in the New York and New Jersey area. Ryan also supports sales for breakbulk and roll-on-roll-off cargoes for customers located in the region.
Ryan most recently served as Vice President of USA Operations at ZIM Shipping, responsible for managing terminal costs and operations for the ocean carrier’s North American terminals. In that role, he identified and implemented operational efficiencies resulting in up to $2.6 million in annual savings. He has also held operations management roles with ocean carriers Hanjin Shipping and Sea Land. Ryan has 35 years of experience in all areas of maritime and port operations, including terminal processes, cargo ship operations, logistics, vessel planning and stevedoring.
A U.S. military veteran, Ryan is a retired lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy Reserve. He is also a former member of the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) Board of Directors and past Chairman of the International Vessel Operators Hazardous Materials Association.