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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has appointed Jacksonville business and civic leader Soo Gilvarry to JAXPORT’s Board of Directors. The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved Gilvarry’s appointment on March 28.
Gilvarry is the CEO/Owner of Jacksonville-based Lotus Commercial USA LLC, which specializes in commercial real estate development, including the ongoing multi-million redevelopment of the historic former Furchgott’s Department Store in downtown Jacksonville.
An investment company owner and managing partner, Gilvarry is accomplished in improving bottom-line results with impeccable analytical skills and guiding organizations to success.
She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville and the Board of Directors of the Jax Chamber, Downtown Vision Inc, and the Jacksonville Real Estate Investors’ Association (JAXREIA). She has also supported various philanthropic organizations, including the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, Guardian Catholic School, and the Baptist MD Anderson Art Collection.
“I look forward to working with Ms. Gilvarry,” said JAXPORT Board Chair J. Palmer Clarkson. “Her passion for contributing to the economic growth of Jacksonville will be an asset to us as we work to maximize the economic opportunity JAXPORT creates for Jacksonville and the State of Florida.”
Gilvarry joins the following officers and members of the JAXPORT Board:
- J. Palmer Clarkson –Chair
- Daniel Bean – Vice Chair
- Wendy Hamilton – Treasurer/Secretary
- Jamie Shelton –Member
- Ed Fleming – Member
JAXPORT has an unpaid, appointed seven-member Board of Directors which provides policy guidance. The Mayor of Jacksonville appoints four board members, and the Governor of Florida appoints three. Board members serve four-year terms and may be appointed to one additional term.
JAXPORT is Florida’s largest container port and one of the nation’s top vehicle-handling ports. Cargo activity through Jacksonville’s seaport generates 138,000 jobs and $31 billion in annual economic output for the region and state.