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.
 


Executive Leadership

Captain John W. Murray Port Director and 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.

Telephone: (321) 394-3232
Email: jparmentier@portcanaveral.com
 
Michael B. Poole Chief Financial Officer
 
Michael-Poole_-(1).jpg
Michael B. Poole joined the Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) in May 2018 as Chief Financial  Officer.  A well-respected seaport industry executive, Mike brings to the Port more than 30  years of experience in maritime transportation, seaport finance management, municipal  finance, public accounting, and financial and operating auditing.
 
Prior to joining the CPA, Mike spent more than a decade as Chief Financial Officer at the  Jacksonville (FL) Port Authority, also known as JAXPORT, and was Deputy Port Director at the  Port of Pensacola, Florida for nine years.  His extensive professional experience includes as an auditor with the public accounting firm Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund, and with the Florida Auditor General.
 
As Chief Financial Officer, Mike’s primary duty is to preserve and safeguard the financial assets and affairs of the Canaveral Port Authority. Reporting directly to Port Director and CEO Captain John Murray, Mike has overall responsibility for providing strategic financial guidance, and defining and managing Port Canaveral’s efforts to achieve fiscal and business goals and objectives.
 
Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of West Florida. He is a Florida Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Finance Officer.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Florida Ports Financing Commission, and is a member of the Florida Ports Council, Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development (FSTED) Program Council, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Florida Government Finance Officers’ Association. 

Telephone: (321) 394-3238
Email: ajoyner@portcanaveral.com
Amanda Brailsford-Urbina Vice President, Human Resources, Recreation and Customer Experience


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.


Telephone: (321) 394-3240
Email: abrailsford-Urbina@portcanaveral.com
Bill Crowe, P.E. Vice President, Engineering, Construction and Facilities


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.






Telephone: (321) 394-3218
Email: dgray@portcanaveral.com
 
Robert (Bobby G) Giangrisostomi Vice President, Cruise 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.
      




Telephone: (321) 394-3251
Email: bobbyg@portcanaveral.com
Craig Langley Vice President & 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.



Telephone: (321) 394-3207
Email: clangley@portcanaveral.com
 
Diane Luensmann Vice President, 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.

Telephone: (321) 394-3420
Email: dluensmann@portcanaveral.com
 
Clyde Mathis Vice President, Cruise and Cargo 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.







Telephone: (321) 394-3442
Email: cmathis@portcanaveral.com
 

Business Development
 
Cargo
 
Samantha Cornelius
Senior Director, Cargo Business Development
Telephone: (321) 394-3211
Email: scornelius@portcanaveral.com
 
Cruise
 
Robert (Bobby G) Giangrisostomi
Vice President, Cruise Business Development
Telephone: (321) 394-3251
Email: bobbyg@portcanaveral.com
 
Dave German
Director, Cruise Business Development
Telephone: (321) 394-3429
Email: dgerman@portcanaveral.com
 
David Poston
Director, Cruise, Tourism and Hospitality Business Development
Telephone: (321) 394-3213
Email: dposton@portcanaveral.com
 
Real Estate
 
Scott Shepard
Director, Real Estate
Telephone: (321) 394-3261
Email: sshepard@portcanaveral.com
 
Communications
 
Diane Luensmann
Vice President, Government and Strategic Communications
Telephone: (321) 394-3420
Email: dluensmann@portcanaveral.com
 
Steve Linden
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Telephone: (321) 394-3244
Email: slinden@portcanaveral.com
 
Engineering, Construction and Facilities
 
Bill Crowe, P.E.
Vice President, Engineering, Construction and Facilities
Telephone: (321) 394-3218
Email: dgray@portcanaveral.com
 
AJ Jendroch
Director, Facilities
Telephone: (321) 394-3468
Email: ajendroch@portcanaveral.com
 
Bob Musser
Director, Port Environmental
Telephone: (321) 394-3256
Email: bmusser@portcanaveral.com
 
Tom Foxhoven
Project Director
Telephone: (321) 394-3255
Email: tfoxhoven@portcanaveral.com
 
Bill Hammond
Chief Building Official
Telephone: (321) 394-3299
Email: whammond@portcanaveral.com
 
Mark Lorusso
Senior Director, Information Technology
Telephone: (321) 783-3265
Email: mlorusso@portcanaveral.com
 
Finance
 
Mike Poole
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (321) 394-3222
Email: mpoole@portcanaveral.com

Pat Poston 
Senior Director, Finance
Telephone: (321) 394-3273
Email: pposton@portcanaveral.com
 
Diana Mims-Reid
Controller
Telephone: (321) 394-3228
Email: dmims-reid@portcanaveral.com
 
Connie Taylor
Assistant Director, Grants
Telephone: (321) 394-3246
Email: ctaylor@portcanaveral.com
 
Government Relations / External Affairs
 
Diane Luensmann
Vice President, Government and Strategic Communications
Telephone: (321) 394-3420
Email: dluensmann@portcanaveral.com
 
Steve Linden
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Telephone: (321) 394-3244
Email: slinden@portcanaveral.com
 
Human Resources

Amanda Brailsford-Urbina 
Vice President, Human Resources, Recreation and Customer Experience
Telephone: (321) 394-3240
Email: abrailsford-Urbina@portcanaveral.com
 
IT
 
Mark Lorusso
Senior Director, Information Technology
Telephone: (321) 783-3265
Email: mlorusso@portcanaveral.com
 
Legal
 
Craig Langley
Vice President & General Counsel
Telephone: (321) 394-3207
Email: clangley@portcanaveral.com
 
George P. Kistner III, FCRM, CPE
Records and Information Manager
Telephone: (321) 394-3223
Email: gkistner@portcanaveral.com
 
Shannon Feeley
Risk Manager
Telephone: (321) 394-3224
Email: sfeeley@portcanaveral.com
 
Operations
 
Clyde Mathis
Vice President, Cruise and Cargo Operations
Telephone: (321) 394-3442
Email: cmathis@portcanaveral.com
 
George Arocha
Director/General Manager, Cargo & Container Operations
Telephone: (321) 394-3442
Email: garocha@portcanaveral.com
 
Jim Firman
Assistant Director, Cruise Operations
Telephone: (321) 394-394-3292
Email: jfirman@portcanaveral.com
 
Cody Driggers
Senior Harbormaster
Telephone: (321) 394-3280
Email: cdriggers@portcanaveral.com
 
John Lynch
Manager, Ground Transportation
Telephone: (321) 783-7831 Ext 436
Email: jlynch@portcanaveral.com
 
Shannon Feeley
Risk Manager
Telephone: (321) 394-3224
Email: sfeeley@portcanaveral.com
 
Parks and Recreation
 
Amanda Brailsford-Urbina
Vice President, Human Resources, Recreation and Customer Experience
Telephone: (321) 394-3240
Email: abrailsford-Urbina@portcanaveral.com
 
Brian Blanchard
Director, Customer Experience
Telephone: (321) 394-3457
Email: bblanchard@portcanaveral.com
 
Sarah O’ Shea
Assistant Director, Recreation
Telephone: (321) 394-3451
Email: soshea@portcanaveral.com
 
Public Safety

Barry Compagnoni
Senior Director, Public Safety and Security
Telephone: (321) 394-3479
Email: bcompagnoni@portcanaveral.com
 
Peter Bergeron
Director, Public Safety and Security
Telephone: (321) 394-3294
Email: pbergeron@portcanaveral.com
 
Cory Dibble
Emergency Preparedness Manager
Telephone: (321) 394-3448
Email: cdibble@portcanaveral.com
 
Purchasing
 
Karen Pappas
Director, Procurement & Materials Management
Telephone: (321) 394-3219
Email: kpappas@portcanaveral.com
 
Real Estate
 
Craig Langley
Vice President & General Counsel
Telephone: (321) 394-3207
Email: clangley@portcanaveral.com
 
Scott Shepard
Director, Real Estate
Telephone: (321) 394-3261
Email: sshepard@portcanaveral.com
 
Diane Denig
Assistant Director, Real Estate
Telephone: (321) 394-3247
Email: ddenig@portcanaveral.com
 
Bill Hammond
Chief Building Official
Telephone: (321) 394-3299
Email: whammond@portcanaveral.com