TAMPA, Fla.— Port Tampa Bay announces today’s swearing in of Gregory Celestan as the newest port commissioner for Florida’s largest port. Celestan, appointed for a four-year term by Gov. Rick Scott, was sworn in by Hillsborough County Judge Chris Nash.
Originally from Niagara Falls, N.Y., Celestan is founder and CEO of Celestar Corporation, a consulting firm that provides support to the U.S. government and private industries worldwide, headquartered in Tampa. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army after 25 years of service. He was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the State of Florida in 2010. Celestan’s board term will end Nov. 25, 2017.
Other board members are as follows: Stephen Swindal, chairman; Carl Lindell Jr., vice chairman; Patrick Allman, secretary/treasurer; Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman; and John Grandoff III, commissioner.
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.