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Steven Cernak

Chief Executive and Porter Director

Port Everglades

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Steven Cernak serves as Chief Executive and Port Director for Port Everglades, a self-supporting enterprise fund of Broward County, FL, that generated more than $153 million in FY2015 and is ranked among the nation’s leading container ports and a world leader in the cruise industry. Florida’s top container port, Port Everglades annually exceeds 1 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, which is the industry standard used to measure containers), is consistently ranked as one of the top three cruise ports in the world and is South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. 

Mr. Cernak, who joined Port Everglades in March 2012, previously served as the port director and chief executive officer for the Port of Galveston, Texas, from 1999 until his selection for the top position at Port Everglades. He also served as president of the Galveston Port Facilities Corporation, a nonprofit corporation formed to promote redevelopment at the Port of Galveston and related entities, since May 2002. During this time period, the Port of Galveston’s revenues doubled and it became the top cruise home port in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Prior to moving to Texas, Mr. Cernak was the manager of Port Development for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He also held engineering positions with several private engineering consultancies in New Jersey.

Currently, Mr. Cernak is Chairman of the Florida Ocean Alliance, Vice Chairman of the Florida Ports Council, a Board Member for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, and a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board Member. He is also a member of National Waterways Conference and the District Export Council. As an active member of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Mr. Cernak serves on the Board of Directors, is Chairman of the South Atlantic Regional Caucus, serves as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Delegation and is a Legislative Policy Committee member.

Cernak has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and master’s degree in business administration from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. 


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