Walsh Confirmed Unanimously As Permanent Port CEO
By Space Coast Daily // June 19, 2013
replaces Stan Payne, who was removed as PORT CANAVERAL CEO IN MARCH
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Interim Port Canaveral CEO John Walsh was confirmed unanimously by the Port Canaveral Commission today as the port’s new permanent chief executive officer.
Walsh had served in the interim role since March as the Board sought to replace former CEO Stan Payne.
“We can make our port a new destination for our region, a new kind of space,” said Walsh during last week’s 2013 ‘State of The Port’ presentation.
“We can be the deep water port for all of Florida and for our region and much more economically than the $800 million being debated for the cities of Jacksonville, Tampa and the south east. We have a short channel and we have a mission to go deeper again.
“We are No. 2 in cruise and moving to No. 1 soon. (We have) world class cargo tenants with massive growth opportunity, a friendly, down to earth atmosphere. capable and energized staff and a commission willing to embrace the future.”
LEADERSHIP, VISION AND UNSELFISH COMMITMENT
Walsh was hired in February 2011 as Deputy Executive Director of Infrastructure. During the past two years, he has directed planning, engineering, design, construction and development of more than $300 million in planned capital projects.
“John has demonstrated leadership, vision and an unselfish commitment to the Port, its staff, and the community,” Board Chairman Tom Weinberg said before the vote. “I am impressed with his understanding of Port and community issues, as well as his understanding of the complexities of the maritime industry.”
Walsh has more than 32 years of construction, design-build and real estate development experience. A former owner of general construction and development firms, he holds a MBA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Graduate Management Certificate from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a bachelor of science in Construction Management from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
He and his wife Susan have been married for 32 years and have two adult children.
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