Port Manatee’s senior management understand the unique features and benefits of the Tampa Bay region’s maritime community and are deeply engaged in the ever-changing world of international trade.
Executive Director – Carlos Buqueras
With three decades of distinguished Florida port leadership, Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras is globally renowned for his visionary achievements in all facets of seaport business development and operations, including containerized, bulk and breakbulk cargos, as well as cruise and ferry industry prominence.
Deputy Executive Director – Dave Sanford
As Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Sanford assists the Executive Director in port operations, maintenance, security and overall harbor management. He also assists the Executive Director in trade development, special projects and new infrastructure planning.
Chief Commercial Officer – Matty Appice
Mr. Matthew Appice is responsible for the implementation of sales initiatives to retain and expand Port Manatee’s business as well as promote new business opportunities. His focus includes expansion of the port’s container -trade business as well as opportunities in other maritime business sectors which add value to Port Manatee.