Chief Executive Officer
The Jacksonville Port Authority Board of Directors unanimously named Eric Green as JAXPORT CEO in September 2017. Green is a seasoned government, community and marine operations executive with a proven record of delivering strategic business results.
Most recently, Green led the successful effort to gain authorization and funding for the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project to take the federal shipping channel to
47 feet. He designed an innovative funding model for the deepening resulting in the commitment of nearly $400 million in state and federal investment to date. In addition, Green spearheaded an unprecedented public-private partnership program to upgrade terminal infrastructure and build the port of the future.
Green joined JAXPORT in 2005 and was responsible for the port’s government affairs, community outreach, media relations, 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.
Green has received widespread government and industry recognition. Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis recently named Green to serve on his Transition Advisory Committee on Economic Policy. Florida Trend magazine named Green as one of the state’s most influential business leaders in 2018 and JAXUSA Partnership recognized him as the Individual International Industry Leader in 2018.
A Jacksonville native, Green is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Tiger Academy of Jacksonville, 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.
Chief Commercial Officer
Kristen DeMarco joined JAXPORT in July 2018 as Chief Commercial Officer. She is responsible for leading JAXPORT’s international cargo sales and marketing initiatives as well as tracking trends and issues related to maximizing the port’s business potential.
DeMarco has nearly two decades of business development experience in the logistics industry, with a track record of successfully negotiating multi-million dollar deals and building relationships with decision-makers from some of the world’s largest companies.
Prior to joining JAXPORT, she served as Vice President of Ocean Business Development, North America for CEVA Logistics, leading the division’s ocean product sales efforts during a time of double-digit revenue growth. She has also served in business development roles of increasing responsibility for shipping lines owned by A.P. Moller – Maersk.
DeMarco holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University.
Frederick Wong Jr.
Chief Operating Officer
Frederick Wong Jr. joined JAXPORT as Chief Operating Officer in early 2018.
Wong oversees JAXPORT’s terminal operations, public safety and engineering departments. Among the port’s major initiatives within his area of responsibility are the deepening of the Jacksonville Harbor and expansion of the port’s auto handling capacity.
Wong has more than 20 years of experience in all facets of port operations and previously served as Assistant Port Director at PortMiami, responsible for all cruise, cargo and security operations. Prior to that, Wong held positions of increasing responsibility from Seaport Harbormaster to Seaport Operations Manager. He began his career as PortMiami’s Cruise Operations Superintendent in 1997.
Wong holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with concentrations in Management and Marketing from Florida Atlantic University.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Beth McCague is Chief Financial Officer, responsible for JAXPORT’s budget and accounting, treasury, payroll, procurement, economic forecasting/planning and external auditing functions. In addition, she oversees JAXPORT’s $600 million capital program and serves as the port’s primary liaison with bondholders, lenders and credit rating agencies.
Prior to joining JAXPORT, McCague managed the $1.6 billion Jacksonville Police & Fire Pension Fund through a transition in leadership, stabilizing and modernizing the organization. She is a current corporate board member of Ameris Bancorp and has served in many high level positions with major banking and investment firms.
McCague is a member of the UF Health Jacksonville Board of Directors, and is currently finance committee chairperson.
McCague holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance 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.
Gilbert Feltel Jr.
Chief Legal Counsel - OGC
Gilbert Feltel Jr. joined JAXPORT as Chief Legal Officer via an agreement with the City of Jacksonville Office of General Counsel in August 2017. Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Feltel was a partner at Tanner Bishop Law Firm, focusing on transportation issues.
During his career, Feltel has held a variety of high-level legal positions with CSX Corporation, CSX Intermodal, Rogers Towers Law Firm, the Jacksonville State Attorney’s Office and The First Tee, a youth development organization.
Feltel is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Courts for Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; and Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida. He is Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated and has been named to Florida's Legal Elite and Super Lawyers lists. He was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, serving as chairman from 2015-2017.