In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County Distribution/Logistics Industry Task Force recognized Port Executive Director Manuel Almira for his achievements as a leader. Almira shared with the group how being bilingual helped him excel in the maritime industry. He was born in Banes, Oriente, Cuba and moved to New York when he was just 10 years old. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of New York. Almira then began his career as a sales representative at a shipping company called U.S. Lines. At 33 years old, he embarked on a new journey in South Florida. He knew he could advance his career because of the large Hispanic presence in the area. Almira has spent the last 12 years leading our Port and today we thank him for his service.
The photo below is of a younger Manuel Almira when he lived in Cuba.