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Michael Rubin Named President & CEO of the Florida Ports Council

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 26, 2021)The Florida Ports Council (FPC) today named Michael Rubin as President and CEO.

Rubin has dedicated much of his career to the FPC, serving as Vice President for more than 20 years, and earlier this year, he was named Interim President and CEO.

“Throughout the years, Mike Rubin has demonstrated the leadership needed in today’s commercial environment to enhance prosperity of Florida’s seaports,” said Manuel Almira, Florida Ports Council Board Chairman and Port of Palm Beach Executive Director, PPM.

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.

“Florida’s 15 public seaports have a long and rich history as a leading economic driver. Despite the economic challenges our seaports experienced during COVID-19, Florida continues to be a top maritime trade state and continues to be the cruising capital of the world. I look forward to leading the Florida Ports Council as we seize upon opportunities that ensure Florida’s ports are the global leaders of tomorrow,” said Michael Rubin, President and CEO, Florida Ports Council.

Prior to joining the Florida Ports Council in 1998, Rubin served in the Florida House of Representatives as staff director and staff attorney for the House Commerce and Economic Development Committees.

He received his bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Rollins College, and his Juris Doctorate with honors from the Florida State University School of Law.


The Florida Ports Council (FPC), is a Florida nonprofit corporation that serves as the professional association for Florida’s fifteen public seaports and their management. FPC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the fifteen port directors with staff support located in Tallahassee. We provide leadership through a collective voice in the areas of state and federal advocacy, data and research, and marketing and communication.

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