BROWARD COUNTY, FLA. - Port Everglades announced the appointment of Jim Pyburn to the position of Director of its Business Development Division. The 36-year industry veteran comes to the state’s leading container port from Port Tampa Bay where he was the director of marketing and business development for Latin America. 

“Jim has all the great qualities we were looking for to lead our Business Development team – outstanding leadership skills, knowledge of international trade and multi-lingual communication,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director Steven Cernak. 

Pyburn began his career in the international trade and transportation industry back in 1977 with U.S. Lines, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in the company’s Houston, Chicago and New York offices. For a three-year period, he was a partner in a freight forwarding/customhouse brokerage company in Houston. After selling his company, Pyburn eventually made his way to South Florida to work for Tropical Shipping, Tec Marine Lines and Emery Worldwide. 

Pyburn earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Science and Mathematics at the University of Houston and speaks fluent Spanish. 

The Port Everglades Business Development Division is responsible for developing marketing and sales strategies to draw additional cruise business and containerized, dry and break bulk cargo volumes to Port Everglades. Staff provides customer service to the cruise and cargo shipping communities and markets Foreign-Trade Zone No. 25 and other Port facilities to the maritime community. The Port's Corporate & Community Relations Section is also part of the Business Development Division under Pyburn’s leadership. For more information about the Business Development Division, call 954-468-3521 or email porteverglades@broward.org. 

About Port Everglades 
As one of South Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Already among the three busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government with operating revenues of approximately $147 million in Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013). It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is approximately $26 billion. More than 202,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including 11,433 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades. For more information on Port Everglades, which is governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, go to porteverglades.net or email porteverglades@broward.org. 

DATE: June 30, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy, Assistant Director
Business Development Division/Communications 
PHONE: 954-468-3508 
EMAIL: ekennedy@broward.org