Bill Johnson

  • As Director of PortMiami, Bill Johnson oversees the top container port in the State of Florida and the 11th largest in the nation. Under his stewardship, PortMiami, has maintained its leadership position as the busiest cruise port in the world with more than 4.33 million passengers traveling through its terminals last year.

    Appointed Port Director in 2006, Johnson has presided over a period of significant change and investment in port operations and facilities. In concert with the state and federal governments, PortMiami has embarked on the largest capital improvement program in its history. Projects include: now under construction a tunnel connecting the Port of Miami and Florida’s Interstate System to improve access; the re-introduction of on-port freight rail service linking the Port to the Hialeah Rail Yard and the national rail system; and deepening the port’s waters to minus 50 feet to accommodate the world’s largest cargo vessels. Under Mr. Johnson’s management, the Port has strengthened its financial position to its highest level in 12 years and, despite, challenging economic conditions worldwide, PortMiami has seen both its cargo and cruise traffic grow over the past two years.

    Mr. Johnson is actively engaged in a number of maritime, business and economic development organizations at the national and international level, holding such leadership positions as: Vice President, International Association of Ports and Harbors; Let’s Rebuild America Leadership Council Member, US Chamber of Commerce; Federal Reserve Bank Trade and Transportation Advisory Council Member; Board of Directors, Florida Chamber of Commerce; Chair, Florida Ports Council; Chairman, World Trade Center Miami Board; Board of Trustees, The Beacon Council; Board of Governors, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Chairman’s Circle, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; and Past Chair, Miami Beach Latin Chamber of Commerce.

    With more than 30 years of experience in Miami-Dade County government, including oversight of the County’s airports and seaport and several of the County’s major infrastructure projects, Mr. Johnson has built a reputation as a key trouble-shooter problem-solver and proponent of economic development. PortMiami is the second largest economic engine in Miami-Dade County and supports more than 180,000 jobs in South Florida.

    Mr. Johnson is a native of Akron, Ohio and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee.