Executive Staff

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Eric Green

Chief Executive Officer

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Eric Green

The Jacksonville Port Authority Board of Directors unanimously named Eric Green as JAXPORT CEO in September 2017. Under Green’s leadership, the port has attracted $1 billion in investment over the last five years.

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 more than $400 million in state, federal, local and private sector investment to date. In addition, Green spearheaded multiple public-private partnership programs 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 Ron DeSantis 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 four years in a row 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.

Linda Williams

Chief, Administration and Corporate Performance

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Linda Williams

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.

Beth McCague

Chief Financial Officer and Chief of staff

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Beth McCague

Beth McCague is Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff, 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.

Robert Peek

Chief Commercial Officer

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Robert Peek

Robert Peek is the Chief Commercial Officer for JAXPORT, a top 10 U.S. container port and one of the largest vehicle-handling ports in the country. He leads the port’s Marketing and Sales Department, overseeing all market research and sales initiatives to identify and secure new cargo business at JAXPORT. He also works closely with area economic development agencies to attract new logistics and manufacturing industry to Northeast Florida.

Robert has worked at JAXPORT since 1995, serving in a series of roles of increasing responsibility in Corporate Communications, Marketing and Sales. He was promoted to his current role in 2022.

Peek earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and holds a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of North Florida. He also holds a Certification in Transportation & Logistics (CTL) from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics. He is a former board member of the North Florida District Export Council and past president of Jacksonville Sister Cities Association.

Nick Primrose

Chief, Regulatory Compliance 

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Nick Primrose oversees the port’s regulatory compliance in the areas of maritime law, environmental policy, safety and risk management. He also serves as JAXPORT’s liaison with the Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency and the City of Jacksonville’s Office of General Counsel.

Primrose is an experienced public policy professional and licensed attorney.

Prior to joining JAXPORT, he served as Deputy General Counsel for Florida Governors Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott, and General Counsel for the State of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management. In these positions, he provided oversight and regulatory strategy on transportation, emergency preparedness, the economy, and other matters impacting the people of Florida.

Primrose is a member of the Florida Bar and holds a Juris Doctor from Barry University, a Master of Public Administration from DePaul University, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and communications from Lake Forest College.

In 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Primrose Chairman of the Florida Elections Commission, a bipartisan group that enforces the state’s election code and campaign finance laws. He is also a member of Leadership Florida Connect Class 11 and a scholar of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network.

James Bennett, P.E.

Chief Operating Officer

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James Bennett

James Bennett, P.E., is Chief Operating Officer, responsible for overseeing the port’s three operational divisions as well as its engineering and construction department. Bennett also oversees the implementation of a capital growth program in excess of $250 million annually. Major projects under his area of responsibility include the expansion of Blount Island’s container and auto-handling capabilities.

Bennett joined JAXPORT in 2017 as Senior Director of Engineering and Construction, responsible for the port’s marine and landside infrastructure development and engineering and construction operations. In this role, he managed the completion of JAXPORT’s major growth initiatives, including the 47-foot harbor deepening project, a $100 million berth modernization project, and renovations to improve operational efficiencies at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal.

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 as Planning Manager for District Two, encompassing 18 counties throughout North Florida.

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.