David L. McDonaldRegional DirectorPresident - McDonald, Miller & Coleman LLC
David L. McDonald has over 36 years of continuous experience in the Maritime Industry.Mr. McDonald served as the Executive Director for Port Manatee, Florida for over 20 years.
During his tenure, Mr. McDonald administered a $250 million dollar port expansion project while limiting local investment to approximately $20 million.
Completion of the project resulted in a 50% increase in cargo moving capacity.
Through January 2012, Mr. McDonald directed the ongoing $750 million â€œNorth Portâ€ expansion at Port Manatee.
Mr. McDonald administered the most successful seagrass transplant and mitigation effort in Floridaâ€™s history and implemented a 3,500 acre inland port â€œEncouragement Zoneâ€ (EZ) to encourage public/private partnerships.
Mr. McDonald has worked with the State of Florida's state legislature and Congress on Maritime matters of state and national significance and has served an elected seven member Port Authority.
Mr. McDonald served the Florida Ports Council (FPC) as chair for ten consecutive years, three terms on the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Board of Directors, chairman for Florida Ocean Alliance, and chairman for Florida Ports Environmental Committee.Mr. McDonald has a Professional Port Manager certificate from American Association of Port Authorities, a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida International University.
PALMETTO, Fla. - David L. McDonald, PPM®, executive director of Port Manatee, was appointed by Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta to serve on a national maritime issues advisory board.
McDonald, who is serving on behalf of the Gulf of Mexico States Partnership, will be introduced to the MTSNAC panel on Feb. 12, 2004, in Washington D.C.
The term of the appointment is three years.
"It's an honor to serve Secretary Mineta, who in his capacity as a Cabinet member, will use our input to advise the President on matters involving marine transportation," McDonald said.
McDonald was recommended for the MTSNAC appointment by Gary L. Springer, secretary general of the Gulf of Mexico States Accord.
"Given the breadth of David's experience and understanding of maritime issues relating not only to the Gulf Coast, but to the international maritime arena, he was a natural choice," Springer said.
"I am confident that Secretary Mineta and the MTSNAC board will find David to be a valuable contributor, and that the Gulf of Mexico Partnership will benefit tremendously from his involvement."
For McDonald, the MTSNAC appointment comes only days after being selected by Florida House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, R-Plant City, to serve on the statewide Strategic Intermodal Transportation Advisory Council (SITAC).
McDonald is a 28-year veteran of Port Manatee - serving l2 as executive director.
He is also chairman of the Florida Ports Council, board member of the American Association of Port Authorities and chairman of the Ocean Alliance.He received an MBA from the University of South Florida and he and his wife Sandy live in Bradenton.
The Fresno Zoological Society announced that David L. McDonald, president and CEO of Pelco, agreed to serve as chairman of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo's "Save our Zoo - Yes on Z" campaign committee.
The measure was to go before voters on Nov. 24, 2004 to approve a one-tenth of one percent sales tax to support the zoo, going on to pass.
Measure Z is up for renewal once again this November.
But McDonald, who sold Pelco for more than $1.5 billion in 2007, is more likely to be on his yacht than chairing the campaign committee this year.
Other speakers at the press conference include Florida Ocean Alliance Board Members David McDonald of the Florida Ports Council speaking on the economic benefits of Florida's ports; John Ogden of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and Kumar Mahadevan of Mote Marine Laboratory discussing the importance of strengthening scientific research in the management of ocean resources; David Guggenheim of the Ocean Conservancy on ocean conservation; and Vicki Tschinkel of the Nature Conservancy on the role of ecological assessment in ocean protection.
"The Florida Ocean Alliance is pleased to be working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to implement the Florida Initiatives' response to the Ocean Policy Commission's report," said Florida Ocean Alliance Chair David McDonald.
The Florida Alliance Board of Directors includes: Chair David McDonald of the Florida Ports Council; Vice Chair Kumar Mahadevan, Executive Director of the Mote Marine Laboratory; Dr. James Cato of Florida Sea Grant; Dr. Andrew Clark, President of the Maritime Communications Services; Dr. Duane DeFreese, Director of Research of the Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute; Timothy Edmond, President of Capital Region Arvida, a St. Joe company; Elaine Heldewier, Director of Environmental Health and Safety of Carnival Cruises; Clay Henderson, Attorney at Holland and Knight; Rob Kramer, President of the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum; Dr. John Ogden, Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography; Dr. Shirley Pomponi, Vice President and Director of Research at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution; Dr. Ellen Prager, Consultant to the Dean at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami; Richard M. Pruitt, Director of En
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