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Paul Anderson voted in as new Tampa port director

DECEMBER 18, 2012 - The Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to hire A. Paul Anderson as the authority’s new port director and chief executive. Mr. Anderson succeeds Richard Wainio, who had served in the position since March 2005. Most recently the port director at the Port of Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. Anderson’s selection as new Tampa port director followed a nationwide selection process.

Mr. Anderson has a distinguished, 30-year professional career serving in senior level public and private sector positions. He served five years on the Federal Maritime Commission by Presidential appointment. Mr. Anderson is a graduate of the University of Florida and has significant experience working with large maritime-related transportation companies, and has extensive governmental agency experience at the national, state and local levels. He served as president of International Oil Shipping Company, in Boca Raton, Fla.; vice president of government relations and public affairs for JM Family Enterprises, in Deerfield Beach, Fla.; and director of government, public and community affairs for Seabulk Marine, in Ft. Lauderdale. He has also been an active leader in the Florida Ports Council, and he is chairman of the Florida Ports Financing Commission. Moreover, he is actively involved in numerous business and community service boards and committees. Recently, Paul Anderson was honored as International Leader of the Year by Jacksonville-based JaxUSA Partnership. 

“We are enthused about Paul Anderson’s accepting the job of Tampa’s new port director and CEO. We are excited about the talents and connections he brings to the Port of Tampa and are eager to see him flourish in his new role here as a community leader in the Tampa Bay area,” William “Hoe” Brown, Tampa Port Authority chairman, said.

Tampa Port Authority administers Florida’s largest and one of the nation’s most diversified ports, handling a wide mix of bulk, break bulk, RoRo and containerized cargoes, and is also one of the nation’s premier cruise home ports, as well as a major center for shipbuilding and repair. The Port of Tampa is the largest economic engine in west and central Florida, generating nearly 100,000 jobs and some $8 billion in economic impact.

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