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Port of Gulfport Executive Director resigns for Port Everglades CEO assignment

Jonathan Daniels will be the new Chief Executive & Port Director at Port Everglades.

PortandTerminal.com, May 20, 2020

Jonathan Daniels, currently with the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, was approved as CEO and port director of Port Everglades, following a national search.

GULFPORT, MS – Jonathan Daniels, the Executive Director and CEO of the Port of Gulfport, has resigned his position in Mississippi take the top spot as the Chief Executive & Port Director at Port Everglades.

Daniels joined the Port of Gulfport in June 2013. During his tenure, he oversaw the completion of the Port’s $570 million Restoration Project, executed long-term leases with tenants, and expanded the port’s footprint within the community. He was also instrumental in the Port of Gulfport becoming one of 17 strategic seaports in the nation.

In addition to his maritime experience in Gulfport, Daniels also served as the Executive Director of the Port of Oswego in New York from 2007-2013, managing director of the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and Port Director for the Eastport Port Authority in Maine.  

Daniels also has an extensive background in economic development as the Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Maine Development Corporation, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations and development efforts of the six-county economic development district, and as the Director of the City of Bangor, Maine Office of Economic and Business Development. He also served as Senior Trade Advisor and Director, Maine International Trade Center, responsible for the State of Maine’s international trade development efforts for eastern and northern Maine.

Daniels is a graduate of The Citadel where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and the Maine Maritime Academy where he was a Master of Science Candidate in Maritime Management.

His tentative start date with Broward County’s Port Everglades is June 29, 2020.

Glenn Wiltshire

Meanwhile, Glenn Wiltshire continues to serve as acting chief executive and port director, a role he has held since March 2019, following the death of Steven Cernak.

Wiltshire has been deputy port director at Everglades since 2006.

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