JAXPORT has an unpaid seven-member Board of Directors which provides policy guidance for the Authority.
Four members are appointed by the Mayor of Jacksonville and three members are appointed by the Governor of Florida. Members serve four-year terms and may be appointed to one additional term. To contact Jacksonville Port Authority Board Members, please email or call (904) 357-3036.
JAXPORT’s full Board of Directors meets every month and all meetings are open to the public. Full board meetings are broadcast live.
John Baker is the Chairman of the Board for JAXPORT and the Executive Chairman of FRP Holdings, Inc., a successor to real estate company Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc., where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2008-2010 and Executive Chairman from 2010-2015. Prior to joining Patriot, Baker was President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Rock Industries, Inc. He maintains volunteer leadership roles in several community educational organizations including Tiger Academy, KIPP School Jacksonville, Edward Waters College and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. Baker also served as Co-Chair of the Jacksonville Port Task Force and was appointed to the JAXPORT Board of Directors in October 2015.
Jamie Shelton serves as President of bestbet Jacksonville. He joined the organization in 2009 as the Chief Financial Officer. Shelton currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Jacksonville University, is Trustee Chairman and Board Member of the JAX Chamber and is a Trustee and Past Chairman of the Gator Bowl Association. He is also a member of the Jacksonville Civic Council. Mr. Shelton was appointed to JAXPORT’s Board of Directors in August 2016.
treasurer President, Eventide Investments of Florida, Inc.
Wendy Hamilton is a Certified Financial Planner and currently serves as President of Eventide Investments of Florida, Inc. Hamilton has more than 25 years of financial service and asset management experience and specializes in managing multi-manager and multi-generational portfolios. She actively participates in numerous community service initiatives, including the Women’s Giving Alliance, and is a former board member of both The Bolles School and the YWCA/Community Connections. Hamilton was appointed to the JAXPORT Board of Directors in April 2018 for a four-year term.
J. Palmer Clarkson
Secretary President and CEO, Bridgestone HosePower, LLC
J. Palmer Clarkson is the founder, President and CEO of Bridgestone HosePower, LLC, the largest U.S.-based service provider of hydraulic and industrial hoses used in construction machinery, mining, oil field equipment and factories. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Clarkson has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, business builder and senior leader with skills in negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, financial and operational management and business plan analysis. Clarkson also serves on the boards of several other large companies. He was appointed to the JAXPORT Board of Directors in March 2018 for a four-year term.
board Member Retired CEO/President, Atlantic Marine Holding Co., LLC
Ed Fleming retired in 2010 as CEO/President of Atlantic Marine, after a 32 year career in the maritime industry. He was a founding board member of the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange and served on the Jacksonville Waterways Commission for eight years, in addition to consulting in the industry. Fleming has long supported the maritime community through his affiliations and has served as president of the Propeller Club, Port of Jacksonville and on the boards of the National Shipbuilding Research Program and First Coast Manufacturers Association. Fleming was named the Propeller Club Maritime Person of the Year in 1998. He was appointed to the JAXPORT Board of Directors in January 2014.
Dr. John Newman
Board Member Senior Pastor, The Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary
Dr. John Newman is Senior Pastor of The Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary in Jacksonville, Fla. Dr. Newman has addressed congregations around the globe and has provided leadership and inspiration to businesses on a local, national and international scale. He serves as the U.S. lead pastor for 60 churches located in Kenya and Uganda, and he has served on the boards of the National Baptist Convention of America, Cornerstone (JAXUSA Partnership), Jacksonville Urban League, Mayor’s councils, and the Sheriff’s Advisory Board. Dr. Newman was reappointed to JAXPORT’s Board of Directors in October 2015.
Board Member Attorney and partner, Abel Bean Law, p.a.
Daniel Bean is an attorney and partner at Abel Bean Law, P.A, ranked one of the nation’s top law firms by U.S. News and World Report. He previously served as executive partner of the Jacksonville office of Holland & Knight. A retired U.S. Navy captain and Legion of Merit recipient, Bean served as a surface warfare officer and judge advocate for 25 years. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and received his juris doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. Bean currently serves as board treasurer for the Five Star Veterans Center and is former board chairman of WJCT, the public broadcasting station in Jacksonville. Bean was appointed to JAXPORT’s Board of Directors in 2019 for a four-year term.