Stephen W. Swindal – Chairman

Stephen W. Swindal began his maritime experience working for the former American Ship Building Co.; a company specializing in shipbuilding, major conversion and repair work and barge construction. He also operated bulk freighters transporting grain on the Great Lakes. Mr. Swindal is the former CEO of Bay Transportation, a tugboat operator with operations on both U.S. coasts, the Caribbean, Brazil and Mexico. He is currently Chairman of Marine Towing of Tampa, LLC and its various affiliates. Marine Towing of Tampa, LLC does ship assist work in the Ports of Tampa and Manatee.

Mr. Swindal is the owner and founder of Pan American Sports Group LLC (PASG). PASG developed and constructed a full-scale baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, which provides housing, education and training for prospective baseball talent; whom, upon completion, sign with Major League Baseball clubs.

Mr. Swindal provided services to New York Yankees Partnership and its affiliates in various capacities for over ten years. He last served as a Senior Executive Officer with the New York Yankees Partnership and was Chairman of the Board of Yankee Global Enterprises, LLC (the owner of the New York Yankees Baseball Club and the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network).

Mr. Swindal served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council from 1986 - 1993. Mr. Swindal was recently elected to a four-year term to the Board of Directors of the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. He is currently a Board Member of the Salvation Army – Tampa Chapter, and a member of the Propeller Club of Tampa.

Mr. Swindal is a lifetime resident of Tampa, a graduate of the Berkeley Preparatory School, and is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, graduating with a B.A. degree. He has two children, Haley and Stephen Jr.

Stephen W. Swindal occupies Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners Seat #4. Pursuant to Chapter 95-488 Laws of Florida, as amended (Enabling Act), this seat is one of two appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida from a list of persons who have maritime industry backgrounds nominated for that purpose by a nominating committee.

Term: February 07, 2008 – February 6, 2020

1101 Chanelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602

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Carl Lindell - Vice Chairman

Carl Lindell, Jr. is the owner and Chairman of Lindell Investments and Lindell Investments, II. Until late 2004 he was the owner and President of Lindell Motors, Inc. d/b/a Lindell Honda-Volkswagen, a full service automobile dealership in Tampa, Florida. He was also the majority owner of Lindell Mazda in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mr. Lindell had spent over 30 successful years in the automobile business. During this time he has won numerous Volkswagen and Honda awards. In 1985 he received the prestigious AIADA-Sports Illustrated Dealer of Distinction Award.

Mr. Lindell has invested in commercial and residential real estate for over 20 years. His acquisitions have included various office buildings, mobile home parks, and residential lots. In 1997, Lindell Investments was formed for various real estate development projects including Keystone Shores and Whispering Oaks. Lindell Investments, II was later formed for the development of Wilderness Lake Preserve. Subsequently, several entities have been established for joint ventures, builder partnerships and future residential projects.
Mr. Lindell attended and received his B.A. degree from The University of North Carolina and his M.B.A. degree from the Emory University.

Carl Lindell, Jr. occupies Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners Seat # 1, which is appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida.

Term: November 11, 2006 - November 14, 2018

1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602

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Patrick H. Allman – Secretary/Treasurer

Patrick Allman grew up in Miami and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering. He was subsequently commissioned as an officer in the US Navy through the NROTC Program and completed the Navy’s Nuclear Power Training Program. He served as a Division Officer and Department Head in his initial sea duty assignment onboard the USS HENRY CLAY (SSBN 625), a ballistic missile submarine, and qualified as an Engineer and Weapons Officer.

Mr. Allman did a follow-on tour in Tampa as the Officer-in-Charge of Navy Recruiting for West Coast. In 1990, Mr. Allman left active duty and affiliated with the U.S. Naval Reserve. Also in 1990, he earned an MBA from the University of Tampa, graduating with High Honors. During his service in the Navy Reserve, Mr. Allman has held five Commanding Officer billets and was the Executive Officer for the 65-person Navy contingent supporting USSOCOM at MacDill Air Force Base. He retired in June 2013 as a Captain with 30 years of continuous service.

Mr. Allman has worked in a variety of engineering, sales, marketing and management roles for the past thirty two years including his eight years of active duty in the U.S. Navy, nine years with Tampa Electric Company and the past sixteen years at Odyssey Manufacturing Company as the General Manager. Odyssey Manufacturing is the largest industrial supplier of sodium hypochlorite in Florida and imports its raw material (salt) through Port Tampa Bay. Mr. Allman is active in the community and numerous other local, state and national water and wastewater treatment organizations.

Patrick H. Allman occupies Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners Seat #5. Pursuant to Chapter 95-488 Laws of Florida, as amended (Enabling Act), this seat is one of two appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida from a list of persons who have maritime industry backgrounds nominated for that purpose by a nominating committee.

Term: August 19, 2011 - February 6, 2018 (incumbent remains until new appointment by Governor)

1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn – Commissioner

When you’re looking for a city with swagger, look no further than Tampa, Florida. Mayor Buckhorn led the city out of the economic collapse and now new projects are emerging every day.

Buckhorn, who just kicked off his second term, was re-elected with 96% of the vote. Voters know he not only has a vision for the future of Tampa but has acted on it since his first day in office.

Since his time as Special Assistant to former Mayor of Tampa Sandy Freedman, Buckhorn has formed a knack for getting things done. Now, as Mayor he is carrying out his vision. With the help of the community, he is re-centering the City around the Hillsborough River. By investing in the riverfront and parks, he is helping reshape the places Tampanians call home today. He has countered youth violence by expanding summer programing and recreation hours, streamlined the permitting process to make it easier to do business, and has prioritized opening up international markets to Tampa’s small businesses.

Mayor Buckhorn has laid the foundation for Tampa to compete with other top tier cities by fostering a culture of inclusiveness, responsiveness, and determination. From strengthening our neighborhoods through programs like Neighborhood University, to the completion of Tampa’s Riverwalk, Mayor Buckhorn is empowering Tampa residents in all corners of our city.

Elected in 1995, Buckhorn previously served two terms on Tampa City Council. In 2003, Buckhorn joined the Dewey Square Group, a nationally known public affairs company, until he opened Buckhorn Partners, a public affairs firm based in Tampa, in 2007.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn was sworn in as the 58th mayor of the City of Tampa, the nation’s 53rd largest city, on April 1, 2011.

In addition to the Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners, Mayor Buckhorn serves on the boards of Tampa Aviation Authority, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, University of Tampa, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Tampa Bay Partnership, and Hillsborough County Tourist Development Council.

Buckhorn, father of two girls, Grace and Colleen, and husband to his lovely wife Dr. Cathy Lynch Buckhorn, truly aims to create a Tampa where our kids return after college, to live, work, and raise a family.

Today, Buckhorn is often voted one of the best politicians in Tampa, and it’s for good cause, he, with the help of so many is revolutionizing the way cities do business and Tampa is providing a blueprint for success across the country.

The Honorable Bob Buckhorn occupies Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners Seat #7, which Pursuant to Chapter 95-488 Laws of Florida, as amended (Enabling Act), seat #7 shall be occupied by the Mayor of the City of Tampa, ex officio.

Term: April 19, 2011 - April 2019

City Hall Plaza, 306 East Jackson Street, Tampa, Florida 33602

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Sandra L. Murman – Commissioner

Sandra Murman was elected as a County Commissioner in 2010, representing District 1. She was re-elected without opposition in June 2012. Commissioner Murman was elected by her fellow commissioners as Chairman of the BOCC for 2014-15. She served as Vice Chairman in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013. Prior to joining the County Commission, Murman completed eight years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1996-2004. Representative Murman was the first Republican Woman to hold the position of Speaker Pro-Tempore in the Florida House of Representatives. As a longtime resident of Hillsborough County, Commissioner Murman has spent many hours volunteering her time as a community advocate as well as a public policy leader. She has been directly involved in more than 20 organizations that support our community and enhance the lives of children and families. Her lifetime dream was to build a children’s museum in our community so she spearheaded the Capital Campaign to raise $16 million to build the new Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa. She also served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Museum.

Commissioner Murman is currently focused on five major areas: (1) Economic Development and bringing jobs to Hillsborough County through her work as former Chairman of the Economic Prosperity Stakeholders Committee, former Chairman of Tourist Development Council (TDC), member of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and serving on the board of CareerSource Tampa Bay. (2) Transportation Through Economic Development Policy Leadership Group where she is working with all local leaders to craft future effective transportation policy, and she serves on the boards for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) Authority, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Tampa Port Authority and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA). (3) Ending Homelessness in Hillsborough County through her work as a founding board member of the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI), and the Steps Forward group that is implementing the Housing First model here. (4) Continued improvements to Customer Service and Communications between the county and its citizens. And (5) providing high-quality critical Children’s Services in Hillsborough County through her creation of a Blue Ribbon Committee for Child Safety that will develop a consolidated action plan.

Her hands on approach to helping others has earned her recognition and numerous awards for her unequaled support, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Lifelong Contribution Award from the Brandon Foundation, Achievement Award for the Advancement of Women from the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, Community Impact Award from the YMCA, Children’s Advocacy Award from the Early Childhood Council, Bronze Leadership Award from Junior Achievement, Humanitarian Award from the St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, Peter Bernal Award of Distinction from the Florida Association of Health Care Plans, Community Advocate for Education Award from the Hillsborough Education Foundation, Sun Coast Girl Scout Council Woman of Distinction Award, and many others.

Commissioner Murman is a native of Indiana and a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. She is married to local attorney Jim Murman of Barr, Murman, Tonelli, P.A. and they have a daughter, Michele, who graduated from Florida State University and is currently a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Tampa General Hospital.

The Honorable Sandra Murman occupies Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners Seat #6, which Pursuant to Chapter 95-488 Laws of Florida, as amended (Enabling Act), seat #6 shall be occupied by a member of the board of county commissioners, appointed by that board, ex officio.

Term: November 16, 2010 - November 15, 2018

601 East Kennedy Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Tampa, Florida 33602

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Michael E. Griffin - Commissioner

Michael E. Griffin is a Senior Managing Director for Savills Studley Occupier Services, a worldwide company known for its consistent delivery of a full range of integrated real estate services across the globe.  Mr. Griffin joined Savills Studley in 2015 upon its acquisition of Vertical Integration, the Florida-based real estate solutions firm that he joined upon his graduation with a Business Administration, B.S. degree from the University of South Florida in 2003.  Through his consultative, client-centric approach to tenant representation, particularly for multi-market accounts, during his career, Mr. Griffin has completed commercial real estate transactions totaling more than 5.1 million square feet for a diverse occupier clientele ranging from Fortune 500 companies to all levels of government entities.  In the last few years alone, he spearheaded efforts resulting in cumulative savings to his clients in excess of $51 million and provided advisory services on over 220 million square feet of leased and owned facilities.


Complementing his professional experience, Mr. Griffin is well-known for his civic endeavors.  He served as the 2017 Chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce (GTCC), having served on the Board of Directors for eleven years.  He began his involvement with the GTCC when he served as a charter Co-Chair of Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay (formerly known as Emerge Tampa). He also chaired the GTCC’s Government Efficiency Caucus, charged with identifying cost-saving opportunities within local government, after having graduated from Leadership Tampa (Class of 2004).


Beyond his Chamber service, Mr. Griffin has made his mark at his alma mater, initially serving two terms as Student Body President and as the charter student member of USF’s Board of Trustees.  As an alumnus, he has served as the founding Chairman of USF’s Financing Corporation that oversees the bond financing for USF system projects.  Under his leadership, financing transactions valuing more than $1.2 billion closed, resulting in more than 1.8 million square feet of projects, ranging from residence halls to sophisticated medical research buildings and office space.  Thereafter, Mr. Griffin chaired the national USF Alumni Association, and presently, serves on the INTO-USF Board of Directors, a Public-Private-Partnership (P3) focused on the strategic recruitment of international students to USF.


Transcending his servant leadership to the GTCC and USF, Mr. Griffin, an Eagle Scout, serves on the Executive Board of the Gulf Ridge Council for Boy Scouts of America.  He is a graduate of Leadership Florida (Class XXVI).  As a result of such significant leadership and civic management, he has received commendations from Hillsborough County, The City of Tampa and Howard University, and is a recipient of the Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.  Additionally, he is the inaugural recipient of the GTCC’s Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award, and in 2007, was USF’s Young Alumnus of the Year.  Mr. Griffin was also one of the youngest named in Florida Trend’s 50th Anniversary Issue as one of Florida’s 50 World Changers, and recently, was recognized by the Tampa Bay Times as one of the top 25 most influential business leaders in Tampa Bay and by Maverick PAC as a Future 40 national leader in business and public policy. 

Above all, Mr. Griffin cherishes spending time with his wife Melanie, son Maverick, and Golden Lab Molly. 

Michael E. Griffin occupies Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners Seat #2, which is appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida.

Term: August 1, 2017 – November 15, 2019

1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33602

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Mark Kaplan - Commissioner

Throughout his career in business and government, Mark Kaplan has built and developed high performing teams, managed complex operational and public policy issues, and led through crises, challenges, and transitions in the public eye. He has delivered results and strengthened organizations as a member of the senior leadership team of a Fortune 250 company, chief of staff to Florida’s governor, chief executive of Florida’s state housing finance corporation, and a participant in various boards and work groups.
Mr. Kaplan held several functional leadership and general management roles during eleven years at the Mosaic Company, one of the world’s largest integrated mining, fertilizer manufacturing, and distribution enterprises. Among his roles, Mr. Kaplan served as global head of public affairs and a member of the eight-person corporate senior leadership team. He also led the phosphate services organization at Mosaic, including the teams of technical experts who handle mine area site work and capital projects, land management, and environment, health, and safety for multiple mines, chemical plants, and related facilities.
Before Mosaic, Mr. Kaplan served as chief of staff for Florida Governor Jeb Bush, directing day-to-day operations of the executive office of the governor and overseeing coordination of nearly two dozen state agencies, as well as collaborations and relationships with other parts of state, federal, and local government and key stakeholder groups. As executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation in the early 2000s, Mr. Kaplan led a successful turnaround of the entity that sets affordable housing policy and allocates funds on behalf of the state.
Mr. Kaplan currently chairs the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and is a former member of Florida’s State Board of Education. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kaplan was a judicial clerk to a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and a shareholder in a statewide law firm where he practiced regulatory, state government, and corporate law.
Mr. Kaplan received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Florida and graduated first in his class from the Florida State University College of Law.
Mark Kaplan occupies Tampa Port Authority Board of Commisisoners Seat #3, which is appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida.
Term:  April 3, 2018 - November 15, 2021
1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602