Who We Are

In 1939, a Special Act of the Florida legislature created the Canaveral Port Authority as an independent governmental agency to manage Canaveral Harbor, which was dedicated on November 4, 1953.

The Legislature established the Canaveral Port District in the central and north areas of Brevard County and divided it into five regions. Five elected officials representing the five regions form the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners, which sets fiscal, regulatory and operational policies for the Port. Commissioners are elected at-large and serve four-year terms. Voting takes place every two years, with no more than three commission seats up for election at a time. Commissioners receive a small salary.

The Board of Commissioners holds regularly scheduled meetings on the third Wednesday of each month unless otherwise posted. Meetings are held in the Port Authority Commission Room at Port Canaveral and are open to the public. Meeting agendas are posted on this web site prior to the event. The meetings are broadcast live on the web and are available on demand.

While the Commissioners set policy, the Port's Chief Executive Officer and staff are responsible for administrative and operational duties.

As a governmental body, the Canaveral Port Authority can incur indebtedness through the sale of bonds; establish Federal Maritime Commission-regulated tariff rates; and negotiate for government grants. The Canaveral Port Authority also can levy ad valorem taxes from property owners in the Canaveral Port District. In 1986, the Board of Commissioners recognized that the Port had become self-sufficient and unanimously voted to stop collecting the annual revenue from ad valorem taxes. The Port has remained self-sufficient since that time, relying primarily on revenues from the successful businesses it has worked to develop: cruises, cargo, land leases and park operations.

Captain John W. Murray Chief Executive Officer

Captain John W. Murray joined the Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) in February 2016.  A highly respected maritime executive, Capt. Murray brings a wealth of maritime experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer and Port Director for one of the world's most dynamic ports.
Prior to joining CPA, Capt. Murray was president and chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd USA, the U.S.-flag shipping subsidiary of Hapag-Lloyd AG, a leading global liner shipping company. A 40-year maritime industry veteran, Capt. Murray has held numerous positions of responsibility, rising through the management ranks following various mergers and acquisitions at Lykes Lines, CP Ships and finally, Hapag-Lloyd.
A U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, Capt. Murray earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical  Science from the Maine Maritime Academy. Upon graduation, he joined Lykes Lines as a Third Mate, quickly rose to Master, and his last at-sea assignment was commanding the S.S. Brinton Lykes. Capt. Murray's shore side assignments included Mid-Atlantic Division Regional Operations Manager in Norfolk, Va., overseeing vessel fleet operations for Lykes' Marine Division, and Vice President, Operations with responsibility for all Lykes Lines container logistics, marine and insurance activities.  He was named President and CEO of Lykes Lines in 2000.
Capt. Murray is at the helm of Port Canaveral, one of Florida's fastest growing seaports.  With a staff of more than 200 Port employees, he manages a world-class gateway for cruises, cargo, recreation and logistics, as well as a gateway to new frontiers, including space.
Capt. Murray has been a member of the National Cargo Bureau since 1997, was elected to the American Bureau of Shipping in 2016, and is appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Transportation Research Board.  He served on the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Executive Working Group (EWG) and participated in the biannual Department of Defense forum established to regularly interact with commercial ocean carriers supporting U.S. military sealift requirements.  Capt. Murray has testified before the U.S. Congress as a subject matter expert in maritime industry management and vessel operations in a global economy. His additional professional affiliations include a long-standing member of the National Defense Transportation Association, the Navy League of the United States, the Council of American Master Mariners, and the International Propeller Club chapters in Washington, D.C., Tampa and Port Canaveral, Florida.
Executive Leadership
Patricia (Pat) Poston Interim Chief Financial Officer

As Interim Chief Financial Officer, Pat Poston is responsible for monitoring all financial activities, conducting audits, creating high level financial reports for board and other stakeholders, and implementing accounting methodologies, policies and practices to make the organization operate most efficiently. Additionally, she provides the checks and balances for the operation of the Port Authority and manages and safeguards the Port's financial assets and affairs. She joined the Canaveral Port Authority in 1996.

Craig Langley General Counsel

Craig Langley, P.E., Esq. is the General Counsel, providing legal guidance and expertise for the Chief Executive Officer and staff. Prior to joining the Canaveral Port Authority, he was an attorney with Broad and Cassel in Orlando
A 2002 graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, Mr. Langley is skillful in handling contracts and legislative matters. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s of science in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami.

Amanda Brailsford-Urbina Vice President, Human Resources

Amanda Brailsford-Urbina is the Vice President of Human Resources, responsible for all strategic and operational human resources, including strategic management, workforce planning and selection, leadership development, succession planning, employee and labor relations, diversity and equal employment opportunity.

Her background includes HR work in several industries including healthcare, luxury hospitality, academia, and retail. She has a master’s degree in Business and Human Resources from Central Michigan and a bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Michigan.

Cargo & Operations
Clyde Mathis Senior Director, Operations

Clyde Mathis joined Port Canaveral in 2014 as Sr. Director of Cargo and Logistics. Mr. Mathis has an extensive knowledge of the maritime industry having spent the majority of his 35 year career on the Lower Mississippi River working with the Port of New Orleans and most recently as the Director at the Port of Pensacola.

Samantha Cornelius Director, Cargo Business Development

Samantha Cornelius is the Port’s Director of Cargo Business Development with responsibility for managing commercial trade and cargo development at Port Canaveral.  Prior to joining the Port, Samantha served as Senior Customer Service Manager, Government Cargo for Hapag Lloyd, a global shipping line, where she managed the company’s premier customers including the U.S. Department of Defense. Samantha has extensive customer service background and nearly two decades of experience in commercial shipping and trade logistics.  She was a former member of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and studied international business at Hillsborough Community College.

Robert Giangrisostomi Senior Director, Business Development

Robert Giangrisostomi, better known as “Bobby G,” is the Senior Director of Cruise Business Development.  With 30 years experience in the seaport industry in various high-level senior positions, it is his responsibility for the promotion and marketing of Port Canaveral’s Cruise Business.  Bobby is a graduate of Niagara University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Transportation, Travel, and Tourism.

David German Director, Cruise Business Development

David German is Director, Cruise Business Development with responsibility for building the Port's alliances with cruise lines for both home ported and port-of-call vessels. Dave plays an important role in the Port’s business relationships with current and future cruise partners, and works closely with cruise line executives and key decision makers to develop new business lines and itineraries for Port Canaveral.
Dave graduated the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Transportation and Logistics, and earned an MBA in Finance from Ohio University. He joined Port Canaveral in March, 2005 as Port Operations Manager and was promoted to Senior Harbormaster in February, 2013.  During that time, German led the Port's management of maritime operations and overall usage of the Canaveral Port Authority’s docks and waterways.


David Poston Director, Cruise, Tourism & Hospitality Business Development

Originally from North Carolina, David has been a resident of Brevard County for 35 years and joined the Canaveral Port Authority team in January, 2000. His primary responsibilities include marketing Port Canaveral as the port of choice for cruise embarkation and developing programs promoting central Florida tourism and partnership initiatives.


Customer Experience/Recreation
Brian Blanchard Director, Customer Experience

Brian Blanchard is the Director of Customer Experience for Port Canaveral. Prior to working at Port Canaveral, Brian has spent more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, including several theme parks in the Central Florida area. Mr. Blanchard  joined the Canaveral Port Authority in 2013 as the Director of Operations for the Recreation division to operate the Exploration Tower, as well as oversee Jetty Park and Port Special Events. 

Bill Crowe, P.E. Senior Director, Facilities, Construction & Engineering

Mr. Crowe is a 20-year veteran of engineering and construction management with experience in deep-water port facilities.  Mr. Crowe is  responsible for all engineering design and construction projects along with facilities maintenance department oversight.  He is an active member of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Facilities Engineering Committee.
Bob Musser, Jr. Director, Port Environmental

Bob Musser has more than 15 years of maritime environmental experience and nearly 26 years combined in the environmental, marine science, safety, and engineering fields. He holds a bachelors degrees in Marine Science and Biology. Mr. Musser oversees  all environmental and ecological functions and procedures associated with operations and planning.

Diana Mims-Reid Controller

Diana joined Port Canaveral in 2000 and is instrumental in audits, while simulteaneously managing the operating budget and preparing the award-winning CAFR report, Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. She has a BSBA in Accounting from University of Central Florida and is a Certified Port Executive Officer and was named Employee of the Year in 2005.

Karen Pappas Director, Procurement & Material Management

As the Director of Procurement & Material Management,  Karen Pappas is responsible for the management, administration and supervision of the agency’s purchasing programs, including central warehouse services. She joined Port Canaveral in 2001 with 10 years of local government experience. Ms. Pappas is graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and holds a Certified Port Executive (CPE) designation.

Government Strategic Communications

Diane Luensmann Senior Director, Government and Strategic Communications  

Diane Luensmann is the Senior Director, Government and Strategic Communications responsible for the Canaveral Port Authority's strategic government relations and port-wide communications. An experienced communications and marketing professional, she joined the Port in March 2017 and has nearly two decades of policy and political experience that spans federal and state government, and private industry. She was the first female to be named president of a full-service New England advertising agency and has developed and managed award-winning marketing campaigns, one of which became the subject of a Harvard Business Review special report titled, “Ad Spending: Maintaining Market Share”.
Diane is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and holds a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and earned a Bachelor's Degree from Worcester State University.


Steve Linden Director, Communications and Public Affairs

Steve Linden is Director of Communications and Public Affairs with responsibility for media relations, external communications and social media outreach for the Canaveral Port Authority. A 38-year media industry veteran with an extensive television news background, Steve received an Emmy award for best  newscast from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for coverage of the “Miracle on the Hudson,” the remarkable commercial airliner landing on the Hudson River in New York City.  Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Queens College at the City University of New York.

Information Technology
Mark Lorusso Senior Director, Information Technology

Mark Lorusso joined the Port Canaveral in 2010 as Senior Director of Information Technology he is responsible for leading the Port’s technology strategy, managing overall IT operations, and customer service. Prior to joining the Canaveral Port Authority, Mark was the Vice President, Operations with a Boston-based technology firm where he was instrumental in leading the firm out of the start-up phase into a mature self-sustaining corporation. Mark is a graduate of the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Science.

Public Safety
Barry Compagnoni Senior Director, Public Safety & Security 

Barry Compagnoni, CEM, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (ret) is responsible for oversight of all security and emergency management programs within Port Canaveral. Barry retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after more than 27 years leading port operations, law enforcement, intelligence, and finance missions across the globe. Postings included Coast Guard liaison and attaché at the United States Embassy Beijing and Commander/Captain of the Port, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu.  Barry is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, has an Masters of Arts in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Post Graduate School and an MBA from George Mason University.

Peter Bergeron Director, Public Safety and Security

Peter Bergeron  is Canaveral Port Authority’s Director, Public Safety and Security, responsible for port-wide security and emergency management programs.  Peter retired from the U.S. Coast Guard at the rank of Captain after serving 27 years. His 11 years of sea duty included four tours as a Commanding Officer including a war zone patrol in the Mediterranean and Black Sea during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Shore side, as an Intelligence Officer, Peter served on the White House military staff for two United States Presidents, and was Special Assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard. While serving the Chief of Naval Operations, he was instrumental in the design of the Navy’s alternative energy program as a member of the CNO’s Strategic Study Group.  Peter graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a B.S. degree in Government and earned a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Real Estate
Scott Shepard, CCIM Director, Real Estate

Scott is the Director of Real Estate. He is responsible for existing Port Real Estate and Real Estate expansion on and off Port. Mr. Shepard has more than 35 years experience in Commercial Real Estate sales, leasing, and development. He holds a CCIM Designation, a CPE Designation, and has an MBA in Global Management.