Chief Executive Officer
Brian Taylor joined JAXPORT as Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. Taylor is a long-time transportation and logistics industry professional, serving nearly 30 years with commercial ocean carriers. A seasoned leader, Taylor has worked around the globe leading complex organizations and building high-performance teams.
He began his maritime career with Sea-Land Service and went on to assume a variety of executive positions with both Sea-Land and Horizon Lines. Taylor holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration in Financial Management from Concordia University in Montreal.
Taylor is currently the Vice Chairman of the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development (FSTED) Council, which oversees the implementation of seaport capital improvement projects for the State of Florida. He also serves on the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a member of Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute Advisory Board.
Executive Vice President/Chief Commercial Officer
Roy Schleicher has more than 45 years of experience in the maritime industry. He was appointed Executive Vice President for the Jacksonville Port Authority in 2011 after leading the port’s international cargo marketing efforts through more than a decade of volume and revenue growth. He was highly instrumental in securing the contract for the TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point and oversees the port’s development of future terminals.
During Schleicher’s tenure, total annual port revenue has nearly doubled and JAXPORT has solidified its place as the No. 1 vehicle export port in the nation and Florida’s No. 1 container complex.
Prior to joining JAXPORT, Schleicher was the Director of Marketing for the Maryland Port Administration. During his more than four decades in the maritime industry, he has held various management positions of increasing responsibility for major steamship carriers, terminal operators and logistics companies.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris Kauffmann joined the Jacksonville Port Authority as the Director of Seaport Security in 2002. He served for more than 27 years in the United States Marine Corps in various command and staff positions and retired as a Colonel. Kauffmann’s final military assignment was as Force Protection Officer with the U. S. Naval Forces, Central Command and 5th Fleet stationed in Bahrain. In this capacity he directed the security and anti-terrorism programs and operations for all personnel, ships, aircraft and facilities under the control of the Commander, U. S. Naval Forces, Central Command within the geographic area that stretches from the Suez Canal to the Arabian Gulf.
In 2003, Kauffmann was named JAXPORT Senior Director, Terminal Operations and Seaport Security. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in September 2009 and his responsibilities expanded to include engineering and construction. Kauffmann holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in 1975. He received a Masters in Business Administration from National University in 1982 and a Masters in National Military Strategy from the National Defense University in 1997.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Poole serves as Chief Financial Officer for JAXPORT. He is responsible for Accounting and Finance, Treasury Management, Procurement and Contract Management and the Small and Emerging Business (SEB) Program. Poole has more than 20 years of government finance, accounting and auditing experience, most of that within the seaport industry.
Prior to joining JAXPORT in 2006, he served as Deputy Port Director at the Port of Pensacola for nine years. He was responsible for the administrative, financial and operations aspects of the port. He previously worked for the Finance Department of the City of Pensacola, as an auditor with the Florida Auditor General and with Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund, a public accounting firm.
Poole is a Florida Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Finance Officer. He graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting.
Senior Director, Government & External Affairs
Eric Green is the Senior Director, Government & External Affairs for the Jacksonville Port Authority responsible for all government affairs, community outreach, grant application and environmental advocacy efforts at JAXPORT. Green joined JAXPORT in 2005 as the Director of Government Relations and was promoted to Senior Director the following year.
Green began his career in 1988 at the State Attorney’s Office as Director of the Consumer Affairs Diversionary Program. He joined the City of Jacksonville as the Chief of Consumer Affairs in the 90’s and was promoted to Director of Legislative Affairs in 1995 and Director of Regulatory and Environmental Services in 1999.
In 2000, he was appointed as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, managing several city departments and was instrumental in the development, passage and implementation of the $2 billion Better Jacksonville Plan.
Green attended Saint Andrews Presbyterian College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1988. He also is an alunmi of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida.
Senior Director, Planning & Commercial Development
David Kaufman joined the Jacksonville Port Authority in 1993 and currently serves as Senior Director, Planning & Commercial Development overseeing strategic planning, properties and environmental resource management and compliance.
Kaufman began his career with Reynolds, Smith and Hills/Plantec Corporation, then cofounded Urbanomic$, a consulting firm providing economic, market and development advisory services to public and private sector clients. Major clients included Atlantic-Gulf Communities, Arvida, Baita International and Reinhold.
Kaufman was Director of Planning and Properties for the combined airport/seaport authority until the separation in 2001, when he became JAXPORT’s Director of Strategic Planning and External Affairs, which included Government Affairs and Communications.
In 2005, he became the Senior Director of Port Development before taking on his current role overseeing planning, properties and environmental compliance.
Kaufman holds a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.
Senior Director, Facilities Development
Paul Soares joined JAXPORT in May 2016 as Senior Director of Facilities Development. He directs the port’s marine and landside engineering and construction and oversees all capital improvements. In addition, Soares coordinates with federal, state and local agencies involved in the management and completion of JAXPORT’s major growth projects.
Soares is a licensed professional engineer specializing in construction and facilities management as well as contracting and conservation. He most recently served as the Assistant Superintendent of Operations for Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Fla., responsible for transportation, maintenance, facilities construction, purchasing, risk management and logistics.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Paul served as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer and Seabee completing engineering assignments around the world. He retired after 24 years as a Navy Captain and holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in National Policy and Strategic Study from the U.S. Naval War College.
Senior Director, Communications
Nancy Rubin joined JAXPORT as Director, Communications, in 2007 and was promoted to her current position in October 2012. Rubin has more than 25 years of experience in the communications field, both as a television journalist and media consultant to business and non-profit organizations.
Rubin serves as the port's primary spokesperson acting as liaison with journalists, broadcasts and publications from around the world. She assists JAXPORT leadership in communicating with its many constituencies including citizens and their representatives, media, port tenants and employees.
Beginning her career as a general assignment reporter in Bangor, Maine, Rubin went on to spend more than two decades with Jacksonville’s WJXT-TV as an anchor and reporter. In addition to her on-air work, she developed public relations plans and materials for medical centers, schools and non-profit agencies serving the people of Jacksonville.
Rubin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in International Relations from Boston University.
Senior Director, Finance
Aaron Kendrick joined JAXPORT in 2003 and currently serves as Senior Director of Finance. During his tenure, he has held key positions in several areas of the organization, including Human Resources, Risk Management, Procurement and Finance.
While at JAXPORT, Kendrick has been an integral part of JAXPORT’s bond and bank financings, in support of three quarters of a billion dollars’ worth of expansion efforts. Key projects include securing $238 million for the acquisition, construction and installation of the TraPac Container Terminal.
A Certified Public Accountant, Kendrick has more than 18 years of combined public and private sector experience including five years with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Kendrick is a member of the Florida Government Finance Officer Association, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of North Florida.
Senior Director, Corporate Administration
Linda Williams is the Senior Director, Corporate Administration for JAXPORT, responsible for corporate performance, employee relations, audit and compliance, and ethics. In 2016, Williams assumed the additional responsibility of directing JAXPORT’s Human Resources programs, including employee compensation, benefits and labor relations.
Williams has been with the port for 25 years and also serves as JAXPORT’s Ethics Officer in support of the City of Jacksonville’s ethics ordinance.
Williams holds certifications in Transportation and Logistics (CTL), Corporate Compliance and Ethics (CCEP) and Green Belt Six Sigma. She is also a certified Florida Public Sector Labor Relations Professional and is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics as well as the Society for Human Resource Management. Williams was inducted into Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society for Business in 2014.
Williams holds both a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.