Michael Vanderbeek

Vanderbeek joined the Port Everglades executive team in July 2012 where he is responsible for leading a team of 13 professional staff in developing marketing and sales strategies to draw additional cruise business and containerized, dry and break bulk cargo volumes to the Port. Vanderbeek and his staff provide customer service to the cruise and cargo shipping communities and market 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 Vanderbeek's leadership.
Prior to joining Port Everglades, Vanderbeek served as Manager of Business Development for the Port of Long Beach where he managed business and economic development including identifying new market opportunities for the nation’s second busiest container port. As part of his responsibilities in Long Beach, Vanderbeek worked closely to build and maintain relationships with customers in the cargo shipping field and to promote and administer Foreign-Trade Zone No. 50. Prior to that position, Vanderbeek served as Manager of Strategic Planning for the Port of Long Beach.
In addition to his work in international trade, Vanderbeek has served as a faculty member at the Sol Price School of Policy at the University of Southern California (USC) where he collaborated with partners such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the American Planning Association, and the municipal governments of Ningbo and Zhoushan, China, to develop research and policy agendas related to the economic benefits of trade for major metropolitan regions.
Vanderbeek earned a Master of Planning degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish from Boise State University. Currently, he is an active member of the American Association of Port Authorities' Maritime Economic Development Committee and Real Estate Best Practices Group.


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