Keynote Speakers 

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...




Friday, October 20

Jorge L. Quijano Chief Executive Officer, Panama Canal Authority 

Jorge L. Quijano is the CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, the autonomous agency that manages the Panama Canal, the leading interoceanic waterway that serves world maritime commerce.

Jorge L. Quijano began his professional development in the Texaco Oil Refinery in Panama, where he worked as a Process Engineer and Product Forecaster.  He started his career with the Panama Canal in 1975 and climbed through the professional and managerial promotion ladder to the position of Maritime Operations Director in 1999, the largest department of the Canal organization, directly involved in the operation and maintenance of the principal infrastructure and equipment of the waterway. 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...