Florida Trade & Logistics Institute


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The Florida Chamber is committed to connecting Florida’s business community to global opportunities and leveraging resources and investments to maintain and expand Florida’s position as an international trade leader. The Chamber has established the Florida Trade & logistics Institute to help coordinate implementation of the recommendations from the Florida Trade & Logistics Study 2.0; to convene statewide and regional events to inform elected officials and other public, private , and civic leaders about the importance of trade, logistics, manufacturing, and value-added services to Florida’s economy; to release a regular “Florida Trade & Logistics Report Card” to monitor Florida’s progress toward its  global vision; to conduct ongoing research studies; and to serve as a resource advisor, and collaborate with the public and private stakeholders as they consider policies, plans, and programs related to trade and logistics.

In order to become the number one state in the nation for innovation and economic development, we must continue to attract and retain high-skilled talent, target growing industries and continue to work toward the recommendations set forth in the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade and Logistics 2.0 (TL2) report.

Florida Chamber Trade & Logistics Institute Steering Committee

Rob Palmer, AICP CTLRS&H


  • JAXPORT: Eric Green, CEO
  • Port Everglades: Steven Cernak, Chief Executive & Port Director
  • Port Panama City: Wayne Stubbs, Executive Director
  • Port Tampa Bay: Paul Anderson, President & CEO
  • Port Canaveral: Captain John Murray, CEO


  • CSX: Bob O’Malley, Resident VP
  • Florida East Coast Railway: Bob Ledoux, Sr. Vice President
  • Norfolk Southern: Conner Poe, Government Relations
  • Genesee & Wyoming Railroad: Joe Arbona, Assistant Vice President

Private Sector

  • Walmart e-Commerce: Toby Gray, General Manager
  • Beall’s, Inc.: Frank Casaine, VP Outlet Distribution
  • Weyerhaeuser: Rose Fagler, Economic Development Manager

Affiliated Organizations/Partners

  • Florida Trucking Association: Ken Armstrong, President & CEO
  • Floridians for Better Transportation: Sally Patrenos, President
  • Florida Ports Council: Doug Wheeler, President & CEO

State/Regional/Local Partners

  • FDOT Central Office – Rail/Freight: Rickey Fitzgerald, Manager Freight & Multimodal Operations
  • FDOT Central Office – Freight/Modes: Gerard O’Rourke, Administrator Freight, Logistics and Passenger Operations
  • FDOT Central Office – Leadership: Tom Byron, Assistant Secretary Intermodal Systems Development
  • University of North Florida: Robert Frankel, PhD, Director Transportation & Logistics Flagship Program
  • Florida Polytechnic University: Dean Bushey, PhD Director Autonomous Systems
  • Florida Atlantic University: Evangelos Kaiser, Ph.D., Director and Principal Investigator Freight Mobility Research Institute

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