Michael Rubin Takes Over as President and CEO of the Florida Ports Council

After more than 20 years of working for the Florida Ports Council (FPC) as a vice president, Michael Rubin is taking over as president and CEO of the group.

Rubin had been serving as interim president and CEO after Doug Wheeler announced that he was stepping down. Before that, Rubin worked in the Florida House of Representatives as staff director and as an attorney for the House Commerce and the Economic Development Committees.

Manuel Almira, the chairman of the Florida Ports Council Board and the executive director of the Port of Palm Beach, weighed in on Rubin’s new position on Monday.

“Throughout the years, Mike Rubin has demonstrated the leadership needed in today’s commercial environment to enhance the prosperity of Florida’s seaports,” said Almira.

“Florida’s 15 public seaports have a long and rich history as a leading economic driver. Despite the economic challenges our seaports experienced during COVID-19, Florida continues to be a top maritime trade state and continues to be the cruising capital of the world. I look forward to leading the Florida Ports Council as we seize upon opportunities that ensure Florida’s ports are the global leaders of tomorrow,” said Rubin.


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