Chief Executive Officer
Eric Green was named JAXPORT CEO in September 2017.
Most recently, Green led the successful effort to gain authorization and funding to start the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening project to take the federal shipping channel to 47 feet.
Green joined JAXPORT in 2005 as Director of Government Relations and was promoted to Senior Director the following year, responsible for the port’s government affairs, community outreach, grant application and environmental advocacy programs.
Prior to joining JAXPORT, Green served in numerous leadership roles for the City of Jacksonville, including Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. In this position, Green managed several city departments and was instrumental in the successful development, passage and implementation of the $2 billion Better Jacksonville Plan.
A Jacksonville native, Green is a member of the Board of Directors of the JAX Chamber and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and is an alumnus of both Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida. He is active with youth programs at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Saint Andrews Presbyterian College.
Executive Vice President/Chief Commercial Officer
Roy Schleicher has more than 48 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. That progress has continued under his direction, with JAXPORT recording consistent growth in cargo, customers and revenue. Along with leading the port’s business development initiatives, Schleicher is also involved in every facet of the port’s operation, terminal expansion and strategic planning.
During Schleicher’s tenure, total annual port revenue has doubled. In addition, JAXPORT has solidified its place as one of the nation’s busiest vehicle handling ports, become a major player in the Asian container trade as well as Florida’s No. 1 container complex.
Prior to joining JAXPORT, Schleicher was the Director of Marketing for the Maryland Port Administration. During his successful career he has held various management positions of increasing responsibility for major ocean carriers, terminal operators and logistics companies.
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.
Chief, Administration and Corporate Performance
Linda Williams is Chief, Administration and Corporate Performance 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.
Senior Director, Planning and Commercial Development
David Kaufman joined the Jacksonville Port Authority in 1993 and currently serves as Senior Director, Planning and 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.
James Bennett, P.E.
Senior Director, Engineering and Construction
James Bennett, P.E., joined JAXPORT as Senior Director, Engineering and Construction in Nov. 2017. In this position, Bennett directs the port’s marine and landside infrastructure development and manages all engineering and construction operations related to capital improvements. In addition, he works closely with federal, state and local agencies involved in the management and completion of JAXPORT’s major growth projects, including harbor deepening.
Bennett is a licensed professional engineer with extensive experience in senior transportation positions, including more than 20 years with the Florida Department of Transportation, where he served most recently as Planning Manager for District Two, encompassing 18 counties throughout North Florida. Prior to joining JAXPORT, Bennett was the Senior Engineer for RS&H in Jacksonville, working directly with port personnel on the engineering, planning, design and permitting of major development initiatives.
Bennett is currently an elected official in Baker County where he serves on the five member Board of County Commissioners. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.
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.