Phillip C. Allen Named Port Everglades Director
February 07, 2006

PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2006) - Following a national search, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners today unanimously appointed Phillip C. Allen as the official Director of Port Everglades.  

Allen has served as Interim Port Director for the past seven months.  He also held the temporary position in 2000 and 2001, and was a member of the transition team that guided the Port's governance to the Broward County Commission in 1994.  

Since June 2005, Allen has navigated the South Florida seaport through a record hurricane season and state security compliance, celebrated the commissioning of a new U.S. Navy warship, and has completed the Port Department's five-year business plan.  During his earlier tenure, Allen led the Port into a banner fiscal year with operating revenues of $79.7 million.  He guided Port security changes following the terrorist attacks in 2001, introduced the Port's 2020 Vision Master Plan, and was instrumental in negotiating contracts for several new shipping operators.  A new cruise terminal opened during his administration.

Allen has served as Chief Financial Officer for Broward County since 1986. He has been responsible for all county fiscal operations including tax collection, fiscal policy, accounting, cash management and records. In addition, his responsibilities included overseeing personnel and labor relations, child support enforcement and information/ technology issues.  He has managed 40 bond financings for the County providing more than $4 billion of capital financing.  He also served as Interim County Administrator.

Prior to his arrival in Broward, Allen served as Finance and Budget Director for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, following the city's much publicized default in late 1978.  He is credited with restoring the city's fiscal integrity.

Allen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Ohio University and an MBA from Akron University.

As one of South Florida's leading economic engines, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations.  Port Everglades is ranked as one of the busiest cruise ports worldwide, the nation's 12th busiest containerized cargo port and South Florida's main distribution hub for petroleum products including, gasoline and jet fuel.  The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government with operating revenues of approximately $105 million.  It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The Port provides more than 13,550 direct jobs and generates $2.4 billion in business activity and $761.1 million in personal income annually in Broward County.  

More information on Port Everglades, which is governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, is available on the Internet at or by calling 954-523-3404.