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Broward County welcomes Joseph Morris as Port Everglades new director

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Broward County has officially appointed Joseph Morris as the new Port Director of Broward County’s Port Everglades Department, a major seaport that serves as a crucial economic hub for the region. This decision, confirmed by the Broward County Commission, marks a significant step in ensuring the continued growth and success of the port.

Experienced Leadership for Economic Growth

Joseph Morris steps into his new role with a robust background in port management and economic development. Having served as the Port Director for the Massachusetts Port Authority for the past four years, Morris brings a wealth of experience to his new position. His journey in maritime management began as the Deputy Port Director of Operations, where he honed his skills in overseeing complex operations involving cargo and cruise services.

“As one of the leading economic engines in Broward County, it is essential that we continue to have a strong leader at the helm of Port Everglades. Joe was selected after an exhaustive national search that included input from a variety of port stakeholders. Joe is a visionary who brings vast international experience and understands the vital economic role that a seaport plays in a community,” stated Monica Cepero, Broward County Administrator. Cepero emphasized Morris’s proven track record as an exceptional leader, noting his over 25 years of diverse experience in the sectors of seaport, transportation, government, and business management.

At Port Everglades, Morris will be responsible for managing a maritime business that generates over $26.5 billion in economic activity across the state each year. The port supports nearly 11,000 local direct jobs and contributes more than $925 million in state and local taxes annually. His role will be crucial in sustaining and expanding these economic contributions.

“The County and Port Everglades have an unparalleled reputation for cultivating an inclusive economic environment where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, and I’m looking forward to joining the staff and its community partners in advancing the Port’s position locally, regionally, and globally,” Morris shared. His enthusiasm for his new role reflects his commitment to not only maintaining but also enhancing the port’s status as a leader in the global maritime industry.

A Legacy of Leadership and Innovation

During his tenure at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Morris was instrumental in managing multiple facets of the port’s operations. This included cargo and cruise operations, as well as overseeing several real estate properties, five public parks, and public access areas. He played a key role in business development, successfully attracting the first new shipping line to Boston in over seven years, and spearheading capital investment plans.

Morris’s leadership extended to the Massport Police Department, where he oversaw a team of 51 staff responsible for security at various port facilities, including cruise and container terminals. His international collaborations with countries such as Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Great Britain have prepared him well for the global challenges and opportunities at Port Everglades.

Educationally, Morris is well-prepared, holding a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, along with a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. He has also completed leadership training programs through APM Terminals, which include MAGNUM and MAGNET accelerated courses.

Joseph Morris is set to begin his role at Port Everglades on July 15, 2024, bringing a vision and leadership style that promises to drive the port towards a future of increased prosperity and global influence.

Jordan Collins

Jordan is an experienced editor with years in the journalism and reporting industry. He loves talking with the community about the problems local residents face and state politics. You can find him in the gym almost every day or see him jogging.

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