TAMPA, Fla.— As Port Tampa Bay brings on its newest board commissioner, Gregory Celestan, it is with deep gratitude and respect that port leaders bid a fond farewell to outgoing commissioner and former board chairman Larry Shipp, who has been an exemplary public servant on the board of Port Tampa Bay for the past eight years.
During Shipp’s tenure, the port met many benchmarks, including significant upgrades to security, increased diversity in business lines and countless millions of dollars in infrastructure developments and environmental projects, all while maintaining strong financial stability, navigating the port through some challenging economic times.
“Port Tampa Bay is losing one of its finest ambassadors, and we owe a debt of gratitude to Larry Shipp for his extremely strong leadership demonstrated through some of the port’s most challenging years, particularly during the nation’s difficult economic struggles,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said. “Mr. Shipp’s devotion to public service and his professionalism have been highly valuable to the port’s development in all our various lines of business and in the countless relationships he has helped create and nurture through the years. “
Port Tampa Bay Chairman Steve Swindal noted that Mr. Shipp had a tremendous, positive influence on the Port Board and the Port community.
“I want to thank Larry and to express my appreciation for what he has meant to me and to so many others. He will long be remembered for his leadership and contributions to bring us to where we are today,” Swindal said.
Tampa Port Authority regular board meetings are held at 9:30 a.m., the third Tuesday of each month, at the port authority’s headquarters, 1101 Channelside Drive, in Tampa. The monthly board meeting agenda is posted prior to the meetings, on the port authority web site.
About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. The port was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.portTB.com
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