BROWARD COUNTY, FL -- Juan J. Flores, recently the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT)  State Freight, Logistics and Passenger Operations Administrator, has joined Broward County’s  Port Everglades as the Assistant to the Port Director for Intermodal Programs, a new position reporting to Chief Executive & Port Director Steven Cernak.

"With the recent completion of the Florida East Coast Railway's Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) and the Eller Drive Overpass at Port Everglades, development of an intermodal transportation strategy that integrates the long-term goals in the Port such as the 20-Year Master/Vision Plan and short-term goals of the Port's Strategic Business Plan will be critical to take full advantage of the Port's superior intermodal connections and opportunities," Cernak said. "With his wealth of experience, Mr. Flores is a valuable addition to my leadership team to develop and implement that strategy."

During his three-year  tenure with FDOT, Flores led the Freight Logistics and Passenger Operations (FLP) office and was responsible for  developing Florida’s first comprehensive intermodal freight plan. The FLP Office was formed in 2011 to coordinate motor carrier, rail, transit, seaport, waterways, aviation and spaceport opportunities through program and project development to support FDOT’s comprehensive multimodal transportation system. Flores supervised and managed an annual budget of $1 billion within a five-year work program.

Prior to joining FDOT, Flores served four years as the Director of the Freight, Rails, Ports & Waterways Division within the Mississippi Department of Transportation and five years as the Intermodal Policy Program Manager for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in Washington, DC. 

Flores graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University, a Master’s Degree in Transportation Logistics from George Mason University, and an MBA from Mississippi College.

As one of South Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Broward County’s Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Consistently ranked 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, Florida government with operating revenues of approximately $153 million in Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014).  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, go to  or

DATE: January 5, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy, Assistant Director
Port Everglades Business Development/Communications
PHONE: 954-468-3508