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
 
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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

Amanda Brailsford-Urbina is the Vice President of Human Resources, responsible for all strategic and operational human resources, including the areas of:  strategic management, workforce planning and selection, learning and development, leadership development, succession planning, employee and labor relations, human resources information systems and metrics, diversity and equal employment opportunity. 
 
Before joining the Port Authority in 2016, Amanda’s career focused on both human resources and employment law. Initially as a legal assistant, she worked on major lawsuits with up to 50 plaintiffs. Amanda has held positions of increased responsibility and with large employee populations. Amanda led HR functions for hospitals of 3,000 to 4,000 employees and was a corporate employee relations manager for an organization of 12,000 employees and was responsible for guest relations, employee health, communications, IT and volunteers. Her work in Human Resources has taken her 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.  Recently Amanda has spoken in national conferences on being an HR Director in the Middle East and has published an article on collaboration in a union environment.

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


Bill 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) 394-3218
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 more than 30 years of 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. Previously, he served at the Port of Miami in senior management roles, lastly as Chief of Marketing and Intermodal Services where he was an integral part of the dynamic management team that led to the overall success of the Port of Miami as the No. 1 cruise port in the world, as well as one of Florida’s largest container ports and the center of the Latin America trade with Europe and Asia.
 
Bobby G has been active in many industry organizations and committees, serving in roles from active member and director to Chief Officer. Among them are the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, Cruise Line International Association, American Association of Port Authorities, Visit Florida, Visit Orlando, Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity, and Knights of Columbus.
 
Bobby G is a graduate of Niagara University with a bachelor’s degree in Transportation, Travel, and Tourism. 


Telephone: (321) 394-3251
Email: bobbyg@portcanaveral.com
Craig Langley, P.E., Esq. Vice President, General Counsel


 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
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 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
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