Wendy Hamilton elected JaxPort chair

The Jacksonville Port Authority board chose the financial services executive to lead the seven-member panel.

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The Jacksonville Port Authority board of directors elected its fiscal year officers at its Sept. 27 meeting, naming Wendy Hamilton as chair.

Hamilton is a certified financial planner and president of Eventide Investments of Florida Inc. She succeeds Jamie Shelton, president of bestbet Jacksonville.

JaxPort issued a news release Sept. 28.

Hamilton has more than 25 years of financial service and asset management experience, it said. She also participates in community initiatives, including the Women’s Giving Alliance, and is a former board member of The Bolles School and the YWCA/Community Connections.

In addition to Hamilton, the board elected other officers to serve the next fiscal year Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

• J. Palmer Clarkson as vice chair. He is founder, president and CEO of Bridgestone HosePower LLC.

• Daniel Bean as treasurer. He is an attorney and partner at Abel Bean Law.

• Brad Talbert as secretary. He is president and CEO of Memorial Hospital.

The members of the seven-member board comprise the four officers and Shelton; Ed Fleming, retired CEO/president of Atlantic Marine Holding Co. LLC; and John Newman, senior pastor, The Sanctuary at Mount Calvary.

“From harbor deepening and the buildout of the Blount Island terminal to rising to the business challenges created by the pandemic, CEO (Eric) Green and the port’s leadership team have done an incredible job positioning JAXPORT for the future,” Hamilton said in the release.

She said the JaxPort team “has the full support of our Board as we work together to maximize the jobs and business opportunities a modern deepwater seaport creates for our community.”

Clarkson will serve as chair of the Audit Committee. Talbert, Bean and Fleming also serve on the committee.

The board is voluntary. Jacksonville’s mayor appoints four members and the Florida governor appoints three.

JaxPort said it is the state’s largest container port by volume and one of the nation’s busiest vehicle-handling ports. 

Cargo activity through Jacksonville’s seaport generates 138,000 jobs and more than $31 billion in annual economic output for the region and state, the release said.



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