Port CEO John Walsh Tapped To Serve In Florida Ports Council Leadership Position

By  //  September 4, 2015

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PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Port Canaveral CEO John Walsh was elected on Thursday to serve on the 2015-2016 Florida Ports Council Board of Directors as Secretary-Treasurer.

Since joining the Port in 2011, Walsh has directed the planning, engineering, design, construction, and development of hundreds of millions of dollars in capital projects.

Rounding out the Board will be Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson as Chairman and Steve Cernak of Port Everglades who will serve as Vice-Chairman.

A nonprofit corporation, the Florida Ports Council (FPC) serves as the professional association for Florida’s 15 public seaports and their management.

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Headquartered in Tallahassee, the FPC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the 15 port directors along with staff support. They provide advocacy and information on seaport-related issues before the legislative and executive branches of state and federal government.

John Walsh
John Walsh

“I am honored to be given this opportunity to serve and look forward to working with the rest of the Board as we continue to strengthen and advance the role of seaports as a major economic driver for the State of Florida,” said Walsh.

“The Florida Ports Council is such a vital organization providing leadership and support to all of Florida’s seaports.”


With more than 32 years of construction, design-build, and real estate development experience, Walsh began his tenure with the Port as Deputy Executive Director of Infrastructure before being unanimously approved as CEO in June 2013.

He holds a MBA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a Graduate Management Certificate from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from Drexel University.