PortMiami Proud

PortMiami proudly salutes and highlights its employees and port partners.


My Internship with PortMiami

Nimrod Simeon

Beginning at PortMiami as an intern, Nimrod Simeon had shown an immense capacity to learn and grow in his career. After his year interning at the Port, he proved to everyone that he had the passion and drive to remain at PortMiami - this time as an employee. Take a look at FIU News's feature story on our very own Nimrod Simeon!



Alissa Penaloza - Celebrating Women's History Month

Alissa Penaloza

Alissa Penaloza received World Trade Center Miami's International Women's Day Award for her achievements. International Women's Day has been celebrated by the United Nations (UN) since 1975.



Debra Owens - Women's History Month

Debra Owens

Debra Owens was honored during the unveiling ceremony of the 2017 Vessels-Women of Substance exhibit paying homage to the strength of the African American Woman. The exhibit will be displayed at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center through March 31, 2017.



Employee of the Year Awards

Employee of the Year Awards

PortMiami would like to acknowledge the nominees and winners of the PortMiami Employee of the Year award. Out of the eleven nominees, two were chosen to receive this honor. Each of these employees stood out for their productivity and drive every day. The two presented with this award were Mr. Ronald Fox and Ms. Dionisia Whitfield.

Mr. Fox went above and beyond his duties as Capital Inventory Clerk. Continuously arriving at work with a positive and professional attitude, he is an asset to the Finance Division and to PortMiami.

As Seaport Superintendent, Ms. Dionisia Whitfield models what it means to be a dedicated employee. Her professionalism and knowledge have allowed her to build a relationship with her team that is beyond reach.

In addition to the Employee of the Year award, Director Juan Kuryla named Mrs. Alissa Penaloza Executive Employee of the Year. Her sedulous work ethic as Manager of Seaport Planning and Grants makes her an excellent candidate for this award.

Congratulations to these three hardworking members of the PortMiami Team!


Congratulations to Luis R. Ibarra for 35 years of excellent service

Luis R. Ibarra

On behalf of the PortMiami family, I want to thank Safety and Security Supervisor Luis R. Ibarra for his 35 years of dedication and excellent service to Miami-Dade County and PortMiami.

Luis, we all appreciate your efforts and loyalty to PortMiami.  You are a valued member of the Safety and Security Division and the entire port team.  Thank you for all that you’ve done and for your ongoing commitment to the Port’s success.


Renee Jones

Renee Jones

Renee is not only an outstanding and dedicated member of our PortMiami team and her family, but a champion for life. She tragically lost her 19-year old son, Trevin Reddick, four years ago in a drive-by shooting. At the time, she made the courageous decision to donate his organs not realizing the impact her choice would have on the lives of the recipient and his family. I’m truly honored to have her as a friend.

We love you Renee!



Workers' Memorial Day Commemoration of Fallen Heroes

Workers' Memorial Day Commemoration

Each year on Workers’ Memorial Day,  the International Longshoremen Association (ILA) local 1416 of the South Florida AFL-CIO, and PortMiami staff commemorates workers who have been injured or killed on the job, and recommit to ensuring that workplaces are safe from accidents.



Debra Owens - 2016 International Women's Day

Debra Owens

Lets congratulate the World Trade Center Miami 2016 International Women’s Day honorees and our very own Ms. Debra Owens, Director of Government Affairs and International Relations. Debra, thank you for all your hard work and dedication to PortMiami. Congratulations!



Marlene Chil - 30 Year Service Commemoration

Marlene Chil

PortMiami congratulates Ms. Marlene Chil for 30 years of hard work and dedication to PortMiami and Miami-Dade County.

Marlene works in our Safety and Security Division. She has been described by her superior’s as “the glue” that holds Safety and Security together. Her attention to detail ensures the Seaport is always put in the best light. Congratulations Marlene!



Linda Shealy - 35 Year Service Commemoration

Linda Shealy

PortMiami congratulates Ms. Linda D. Shealy for 35 years of hard work and dedication to PortMiami and Miami-Dade County.

Linda works in our Human Resources Division, one of her job functions is to manage the front desk. When port users and partners visit our offices the first thing they see is Linda’s beautiful smile and her enthusiasm for delivering excellence. Linda is an example of what makes PortMiami great. Congratulations Linda!



Stephen A. Wingard - International Longshoreman Association

Steven Wingate

Mr. Wingard was singled out by a couple cruising on the Oceania Regatta for exceeding our cruise guest’s customer service expectations and going the extra mile.

The couple stated: “We would like to commend the services we received from Stephen A. Wingard, one of your baggage handlers, two days ago when we disembarked from the Oceania Regatta.  
Not only did he take our luggage to the parking garage and load it in the car, he noticed we had a flat tire. On his own time, when he could have been helping others with their bags, (and receiving tips,) he raced back and forth to get us help, and finally, obtained a jack, and replaced our spare tire so we could get safely home to West Palm Beach.  
This was service "above and beyond." We offered him a tip for his time and trouble which he initially declined until we pressed it on him. He is the kind of employee of whom you should be proud."
PortMiami is proud of its continued strong working relationship with ILA Local 1416 and would like to congratulate Mr. Stephen A. Wingard on going the “extra mile” and providing exceptional customer service to our cruise guests.