On Thursday, June 16, 2016, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners recognized two staff members for their dedication to the job and the port. Mr. Paul Zielinski, CFO, was recognized for 10 years of service to Port of Palm Beach while Mr. Carl Baker, Director of Planning and Development, was commended for 25 years with the port. The port congratulates and thanks both individuals for their commitment to the Port of Palm Beach.
Carl Baker is currently the Director of Planning and Development. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, strategic planning, long range land use policy, future transportation strategies, grant writing along with construction project oversight and coordination.
He has been with the Port of Palm Beach since 1991. During his career at the Port he has held a number of management positions, in such diverse fields as Security, Information Technology, Communications and Operations.
Prior to coming to the Port of Palm Beach, he was a Captain in the U.S. Army, with tours of duty in Korea, Germany and Egypt.
Mr. Zielinski has been with the Port of Palm Beach since 2006. In his position as Chief Financial Officer of the Port of Palm Beach, he is responsible for all matters related to financial planning, finance, accounting, budgeting, human resource management and information systems. He also assumes the lead in all financial negotiations that are related to contract renewals and new business of our $150 million organization.
Zielinski develops and monitors the annual operating and capital budgets of the Port and works to maximize the return and maintain the security of nearly $20 million of the Port’s cash and investment assets.
As Deputy Port Director, Zielinski supports the Port Executive Director in all aspects of Port business while also proactively proving business advice, technical support and project management execution to senior staff.
Prior to joining the Port of Palm Beach, Zielinski spent seven years with the Broward County School Board holding directorships in the Budget Office, Administrative Services and SAP Support Center. While at the School Board he directed the development, control and reporting of a $3.5 billion annual budget and negotiated vendor contracts in excess of $25 million.
Before to relocating to Florida, Zielinski spent almost 20 years with the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While with Miller Brewing he held several high-level Directors positions in Director of Strategic Planning, Distribution Management, Corporate Information Systems and Marketing Information Analysis as well as acting as the Comptroller of the western region where he provided comprehensive financial support and analysis to a business unit with more than $1.5 billion in sales.
Zielinski earned his Bachelors of Business Administration at Bernard M. Baruch College with a concentration in public and private accounting.