Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speakers 

Wednesday, October 18

Governor Richard L. Scott

Rick Scott is the 45th Governor of the great State of Florida. As promised during his campaign, Scott is focused on creating jobs and turning Florida’s economy around. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, his father was in the 82nd Airborne during World War II. After the war, Gov. Scott’s father was a city bus driver and then a truck driver. His mother worked as a JC Penney clerk. At times the family struggled financially, and when Gov. Scott started public school, they lived in public housing. In high school, Gov. Scott met Ann, and the high school sweethearts have been married for 44 years and have two daughters, Allison and Jordan, and four grandsons, Auguste, Quinton, Sebastian, and Eli. Read More...




Thursday, October 19

Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, U.S.  Coast Guard

Admiral Paul Zukunft assumed the duties of the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on May 30, 2014. He leads the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security, composed of 88,000 personnel including active duty, reserve, civilian and volunteer Auxiliarists.

Prior to this, Admiral Zukunft served as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, where he was operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions in an area encompassing more than 74 million square miles and provided mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. Other Flag assignments include Commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard District and Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West, where he served as executive agent to United States Pacific Command for combating Transnational Criminal Organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region. Read More...



Thursday, October 19

RADM Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret), Maritime Administrator designee

Rear Admiral Mark H. “Buz” Buzby, recently confirmed as United States Maritime Administrator designee, retired in August 2013 after 34 years of Naval service, most recently serving as Commander, Military Sealift Command (MSC) from 2009 until the time of his retirement. In this capacity, he commanded a fleet of 110 logistics and special mission vessels and over 10,000 personnel afloat and ashore in a $3.5 billion enterprise. Previously, he Commanded destroyer USS CARNEY (DDG 64), Destroyer Squadron THIRTY-ONE, Surface Warfare Officers School Command, and Joint Task Force GUANTANAMO. As a junior officer, Buzby served in USS CONNOLE (FF 1056), USS ARIES (PHM 5), USS YORKTOWN (CG 48), USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) and USS SHILOH (CG 67) primarily in operations and combat systems billets, making seven overseas deployments. In 1985, he was the Atlantic Fleet Junior Officer Shiphandler of the Year. Read More...



Thursday, October 19

William Doyle, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission

On January 1, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of William P. Doyle of York, Pennsylvania as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission.  He was nominated to another term by President Obama on January 29, 2015, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 23, 2015. Read More...







Friday, October 20

Cpt. John W. Murray Chief Executive Officer, Canaveral Port Authority

Captain John W. Murray joined Canaveral Port Authority in February 2016 as the chief executive officer of Central Florida’s maritime gateway to the international marketplace. Under his leadership, Captain Murray oversees a staff of 200 Port employees who assist him in the operation of the world’s second busiest cruise port with diversified cargo services for importing and exporting globally.

Captain Murray came aboard after serving most recently as the former president and chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd, a Tampa-based shipping company which operates five U.S. flag specialty container vessels. He also rose through the management ranks with positions at CP Ships and Lykes Bros. Steamship Company.

A licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Nautical Science from the Maine Maritime Academy. Read More...