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

Capt. John W. Murray Chief Executive Officer
Captain John W Murray
Captain John W. Murray is a highly respected maritime executive with over four decades of senior leadership experience in the maritime industry, including serving as president and chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC, the U.S.-flag shipping subsidiary of Hapag-Lloyd AG, a leading global liner shipping company.
 
Since his appointment in 2016 as Chief Executive Officer of the Canaveral Port Authority, Capt. Murray has shaped the strategic mission of the Port and implemented numerous operational improvements to lead the Port to historical high levels of performance. Under his leadership, Port Canaveral has opened its newest and largest cruise terminal – the biggest construction project in the Port’s history; expanded and improved five other Port cruise terminals and berths to accommodate newer and larger cruise ships; established Port Canaveral as North America’s first LNG cruise port; deployed advanced ground transportation protocols and improvements in port safety and security, and launched three significant berth renovation projects totaling over $148 million to accommodate the Port’s growing and diverse cargo portfolio.  During his tenure, the Canaveral Port Authority has increased its revenues earned from all Port operations from $77.7 million in 2015 to a record high of $190 million in 2023.
 
A U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, Capt. Murray earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical Science from the Maine Maritime Academy. He has been a member of the National Cargo Bureau since 1997 and is currently serving as Board Chairman. He was elected to the American Bureau of Shipping in 2016, and appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Transportation Research Board.  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
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Michael B. Poole Chief Financial Officer
 
Michael B PooleMichael 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) 394-3222

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Amanda Brailsford-Urbina Vice President, Human Resources, Recreation and Customer Experience

Amanda Brailsford-Urbina
Amanda Brailsford-Urbina is the Vice President of Human Resources, Recreation and Customer Experience.  Leading all aspects of HR, she is  responsible for all strategic and operational human resources, including strategic management, workforce planning and selection, learning/leadership/development, benefits and compensation, succession planning, employee and labor relations, human resources information systems and metrics, diversity and employee relations. Her Recreation role spans Exploration Tower, Jetty Park and Events, while Customer Experience work is Port-wide.
 
Before joining the Port Authority in 2016, Amanda’s career focused on human resources and employment law. Amanda has held positions of increased responsibility with both small and large employee populations, up to 12,000 employees. In addition to HR, in past roles she has been responsible for guest relations, employee health, communications, IT, dietary, sleep lab and volunteers. Her work has been in hospitals, luxury hotels, university, law firm and retail settings from Michigan to Florida to the Middle East and back to Florida again.
 
With a master’s degree in Business and Human Resources from Central Michigan, along with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Michigan, Amanda also was awarded a Senior Professional Human Resources certificate and a post-graduate legal assistant certificate.  Amanda has spoken in national conferences and published an article on collaboration in a union environment


Telephone: (321) 394-3240
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William Crowe, P.E. Vice President, Engineering, Construction and Facilities

William CroweWilliam Crowe, Vice President, Engineering, Construction and Facilities, is a 20-year veteran of marine and heavy civil project implementation with a breadth of experience in deep-water port cruise and cargo operations.  His current role focuses on strategic planning and management of the Port Authority's engineering, construction and facilities maintenance functions.
 
Bill’s past assignments have included construction management and inspection of large marine, civil and industrial projects, including cruise terminal new builds and expansions; cargo terminal development (container, bulk and liquid bulk); feasibility studies and strategic planning initiatives and capital budget development and inter-agency development initiatives. In addition, Bill has experience in the design and environmental permitting of upland dredge material management and dredging of inland waterways including inlet and port facilities, land-development projects, medium and large subdivisions.
 
He is a certified PADI advanced open water, nitrox and rescue diver and has both the TWIC and OSHA 10-hour credentials.

Telephone: (321) 394-3208

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Craig Langley, P.E., Esq. Vice President, General Counsel

Craig Langley
As Vice President, General Counsel, Craig Langley oversees legal matters on behalf of the Canaveral Port Authority and manages the Legal Department. Craig joined Port Canaveral in 2014 as General Counsel and was promoted to Vice President in July 2018.  Reporting directly to Port Director and CEO, Captain John Murray, Craig provides legal guidance on complex contractual matters, strategic initiatives, daily operations, real estate and litigation. 
 
Craig received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami in 1992 and his Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida in 1994.  Prior to pursuing his law degree, he worked as an environmental consultant for Dames & Moore (later URS Corporation) and received his Florida professional engineer (P.E.) license in 1998.   After earning his Juris Doctor degree (with Honors) from the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 2002 and being admitted to the Florida Bar, Craig joined the law firm of Broad and Cassel in Orlando, where he concentrated his practice on commercial real estate, land use and environmental law. 

Telephone: (321) 394-3207
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Diane Luensmann Vice President, Government and Strategic Communications

Diane Luensmann
Diane Luensmann is the Vice President, 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
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Clyde Mathis Vice President, Cruise and Cargo Operations

Clyde Mathis
Clyde Mathis joined Port Canaveral in 2014 as Senior Director, Cargo and Logistics. Reporting directly to CEO and Port Director Capt. John Murray, he is responsible for port operations in the cruise and cargo sectors. Clyde has more than 37 years’ experience in the maritime industry, serving in stevedoring, logistics and port management sectors.

He has held positions in the industry in operations, sales and management, and was president of a logistics company owned by an international maritime firm. Most of his career has been spent on the lower Mississippi River, and then most recently as port Director of the Port of Pensacola.

Clyde has been an active member of the Propeller Club in the ports of Port Canaveral, New Orleans and Pensacola. He is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. At Sewanee, he served on the Sewanee Fire department, ending his tenure there as an assistant chief.

Telephone: (321) 394-3442
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David German Vice President, Cruise Business Development
 
David GermanDavid German is Vice President, Cruise Business Development for the Canaveral Port Authority. He plays a key role in building the Port’s business relationships with current and future cruise partners, working closely with cruise line executives and key decision makers to develop their business lines and itineraries for Port Canaveral.

David’s maritime education, industry experience, and customer service background are fundamental to Port Canaveral’s successful collaborations with its cruise partners and key to sustaining this vitally important segment of the Port’s business portfolio.

The business alliances Port Canaveral has with cruise lines for both homeported and port-of-call vessels has made the Port the second busiest cruise port in the world with well over seven million cruise passenger movements projected for this year. The Port’s growth and popularity has been recognized by the cruise travel industry trade with awards and accolades, including “Best U.S. Cruise Homeport” and “Best Cruise Port in the World” by global travelers.

Prior to his promotion to Vice President, Cruise Business Development, David had served as the Director, Cruise Business Development. He joined Port Canaveral in March 2005 as Port Operations Manager and was subsequently promoted to Senior Harbormaster where he managed the Port's maritime operations.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine transportation and logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (class of 2003) and earned an MBA in finance from Ohio University. He is a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed mariner with several at-sea years of experience aboard various commercial vessels.

Telephone: (321) 394-3442
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Samantha Cornelius Vice President, Cargo Business Development

Samantha Cornelius
Samantha Cornelius joined the Canaveral Port Authority team in March 2017 as Assistant Director of Cargo Business Development. She is responsible for attracting new cargo investments to Port Canaveral,  develop, maintain, and negotiate customer contracts and ensure retention of existing business. She also is responsible for managing the Port’s Foreign Trade Zone #136.

Prior to handling trade development for Canaveral, Samantha served as Senior Customer Service Manager Government Cargo for global shipping line Hapag Lloyd, where she worked for eighteen years. She has extensive experience handling Department of Defense imports and exports. Samantha has a degree from Hillsborough Community College and holds  multiple certifications from DigitalMarketer. She is a member of the National Defense Transportation Association.

Telephone: (321) 394-3211
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Peter Bergeron Vice President, Public Safety and Security

Peter BergeronPeter Bergeron, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (ret) is responsible for security and emergency management programs within Port Canaveral. Peter retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after twenty seven years as Commanding Officer and Intelligence Officer. Peter was a member of the Chief Naval Officer’s strategic study group where he was instrumental in the design of the Navy’s alternative energy program. He served on the military staff to two United States Presidents while assigned to the White House.  He patrolled the Mediterranean and Black Seas during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

After retiring from the Coast Guard he was CEO of a cyber security firm and managing partner of an alternative energy company. Peter is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a BS in Government and a MS in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College.  He holds an MBA of the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Telephone: (321) 394-3269
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Business Development
 
Cargo
 
Samantha Cornelius

Vice President, Cargo Business Development
Telephone: (321) 394-3211
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Cruise
  
Dave German
Vice President, Cruise Business Development
Telephone: (321) 394-3429
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Real Estate
 
Mark Milisits
Director, Real Estate
Telephone: (321) 394-3260

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Communications
 
Diane Luensmann
Vice President, Government and Strategic Communications
Telephone: (321) 394-3420

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Steve Linden
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Telephone: (321) 394-3244

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Engineering, Construction and Facilities
 
Bill Crowe, P.E.
Vice President, Engineering, Construction and Facilities
Telephone: (321) 394-3208

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AJ Jendroch
Director, Facilities
Telephone: (321) 394-3468

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Bob Musser
Director, Port Environmental
Telephone: (321) 394-3256

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Veronica Narvaez-Lugo
Senior Project Manager
Telephone: (321) 394-3254
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Patrick Hammond
Project Manager
Telephone: (321) 394-3419
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Carl L. Jones
Chief Building Official
Telephone: (321) 394-3404

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Mark Lorusso
Senior Director, Information Technology
Telephone: (321) 394-3265

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Finance
 
Mike Poole
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (321) 394-3222

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Pat Poston 
Senior Director, Finance
Telephone: (321) 394-3273

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Diana Mims-Reid
Controller
Telephone: (321) 394-3228

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Debbie Joyce
Assistant Director, Grants and Capital Projects
Telephone: (321) 394-3494

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Shannon Feeley
Risk Manager
Telephone: (321) 394-3224

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Government Relations / External Affairs
 
Diane Luensmann
Vice President, Government and Strategic Communications
Telephone: (321) 394-3420

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Human Resources

Amanda Brailsford-Urbina 
Vice President, Human Resources, Recreation and Customer Experience
Telephone: (321) 394-3240

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Donna Greenslade
Director, Human Resources
Telephone: (321) 394-3249
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IT
 
Mark Lorusso
Vice President, Information Technology
Telephone: (321) 394-3265

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Legal
 
Craig Langley
Vice President & General Counsel
Telephone: (321) 394-3207

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Michael Zeiler
Assistant General Counsel
Telephone: (321) 394-3206

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George P. Kistner III, FCRM, CPE
Records and Information Manager
Telephone: (321) 394-3223

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Shannon Feeley
Risk Manager
Telephone: (321) 394-3224

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Operations
 
Clyde Mathis
Vice President, Cruise and Cargo Operations
Telephone: (321) 394-3442

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George Arocha
Director/General Manager, Cargo & Container Operations
Telephone: (321) 394-3442

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Bruce Cameron
Director, Cruise Operations
Telephone: (321) 394-3292

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Cody Driggers
Senior Harbormaster
Telephone: (321) 394-3280

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John Lynch
Senior Manager, Ground Transportation
Telephone: (321) 394-3205

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Recreation and Customer Experience
 
Amanda Brailsford-Urbina
Vice President, Human Resources, Recreation and Customer Experience
Telephone: (321) 394-3240

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Michael Hoffmann
Director, Recreation and Customer Experience
Telephone: (321) 394-3497

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Public Safety

Peter Bergeron
Vice President, Public Safety and Security
Telephone: (321) 394-3269

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Cory Dibble
Director, Public Safety and Security
Telephone: (321) 394-3448

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Purchasing
 
Karen Pappas
Director, Procurement & Materials Management
Telephone: (321) 394-3219

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Real Estate
 
Mark Milisits
Director, Real Estate
Telephone: (321) 394-3260

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