About the Speaker

Former Federal Maritime Administration Commissioner Paul Anderson joined the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) as Chief Executive Officer in January 2011 after holding a series of high-profile leadership positions in the public and private sectors over the last three decades. The JAXPORT Board of Directors unanimously approved his hiring for the independent agency’s top position in late 2010.

Nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush in 2003, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004, Mr. Anderson served a five-year term ending in 2008. In addition, the president designated Anderson as the Commission’s Chairman. During his tenure, Anderson voted on issues affecting the trillion-dollar international maritime industry and represented the Commission before Congress, maritime industry associations and major corporate leadership. A highlight of Anderson’s service included his appointment to the Committee on Marine Transportation, a cabinet-level strategy group responsible for the nation’s seaports and reporting directly to the president.

Most recently, Mr. Anderson was responsible for providing industry recommendations on legislative issues to the Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as a Senior Fellow. He was president of International Oil and Shipping Company of Boca Raton, Florida, between 2008 and 2010 following his service on the Federal Maritime Commission. Anderson spent 10 years with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and was previously a senior director of Seabulk Marine, Inc., an international marine transportation company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has also served as an advisor on intermodal issues to former Florida governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.

Mr. Anderson has also held numerous community leadership positions including Chair, Board of Trustees, Broward County (FL) Community College; Chair, Broward Alliance; Chair, Broward Health Foundation; Vice President, Board of Trustees, Leukemia Lymphoma Society; Board of Directors, Florida Tax Watch; and the Board of Directors, Public Affairs Council.

Raised in San Clemente, California, Anderson is currently relocating with his family to Jacksonville from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where, except during the period of his public service in Washington, D.C., he has resided for the past 25 years. Anderson is a 1982 graduate of the University of Florida and completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.