Port Staff

Michael Meekins, Executive Director

Michael Meekins

Michael Meekins was named Port Executive Director in March 2023. He was promoted after serving less than three years as Director of Business Development. 

Meekins began his career at Port of Palm Beach in April 2020. He hit the ground running, despite starting at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meekins played a pivotal role in numerous port-related projects such as the successful launch and rebranding of the cruise line now known as Margaritaville at Sea and the development of a one-of-a- kind cement storage facility operated by a construction materials company. In 2021, Meekins was entrusted with managing the Port’s operations department.  

Prior to joining the Port of Palm Beach, Meekins served as the Senior Director of Cruise and Port Operations at Port Canaveral, FL. He was responsible for coordinating all operations for 644 cruise ships per year and over 3.6 million passengers, which generated over $80 million in direct revenue for the Canaveral Port Authority and $648 million in indirect revenue for the Port. Meekins was also the direct contact for all cruise and cargo business development and was assigned to coordinate all operations within the port on a daily basis. This included multiple restaurants, stores, marinas, three public parks, two sets of boat ramps, a 300 space RV Park and 4.5 acres of public beaches. During his time at Port Canaveral, the port more than doubled in volume and revenues.

Meekins also has experience in the aviation industry. He spent 10 years as a Senior Vice President of Operations, where he oversaw aviation operations in 52 cities across the country. During this time period, he was responsible for new route startup operations and ongoing oversight of ground operations.

Before that, Meekins worked as a contractor for the New York Power Authority as a Project Manager, overseeing multiple sub-contractors and projects.

One of his most proudest accomplishments is the time he spent in the military. He served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a Jet Engine Mechanic, both ashore and deployed. His last tour of duty was onboard the U.S.S. Independence in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He then carried over his military career serving in the Air Force Reserves.

Michael Williams, Deputy Director of Finance and Capital Improvement 

Michael Williams

Michael Williams joined our team in November 2021 with more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in public transportation including seaport operation. In his current role as Deputy Director of Finance and Capital Improvement, Williams oversees the accounting, procurement, finance and engineering departments.   

During his short time at the Port, Williams has implemented an employee time management and reporting system that allows for greater efficiency of payroll processing and gives employees the ability to clock in and out with their cell phones when they are within the geofence. Williams also developed a comprehensive budgeting system to integrate the operation & maintenance, renewal and replacement and capital budgets. With the help of his team, he’s created an effective way to showcase the Port’s operational performance. He continues to improve the procurement practices to align with governmental standards and best practices. Williams has played an instrumental role in guiding the Port Infrastructure Development Project procurement process to ensure grant compliance. In addition, he works closely with the Director of Business Development on port pricing. In his new role, he will be directing the Information Technology Department

Prior to joining the Port, Mr. Williams served as Assistant General Manager/Executive Contracts Manager with RATP Dev USA. where he led negotiations of contracts yielding in excess of $300M in additional value.  Locally, Mr. Williams worked with Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, Palm Tran as Director of Administrative Services. Mr. Williams also served as Director of Planning and Capital Development for the Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority (Tri-Rail) where he was instrumental in the development and funding of the Tri-Rail’s Double Track Corridor Improvement Program and creating the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.

Mr. Williams, gained his seaport experience while working as General Manager/Director of Finance and Administration for Provo Stevedoring Limited; a public/private partnership that provides stevedoring services for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Mr. Williams brings senior level experience in strategic financial and operational planning, budgeting for both operating and capital programs, business development, grant funding and compliance, procurement and contract negotiations, labor management and negotiations, legislative/government affairs and capital projects development to the Port.

 Mr. Williams is a resident of Palm Beach County, living in Wellington with his fiancée and is a proud father of five children. 

Beatrice Greffin Pompey, Deputy Director of Business Operations and Administration

Beatrice Greffin

Beatrice Greffin Pompey is the Deputy Director of Business Operations and Administration.  She is responsible for managing the operations, human resources, clerk's office, administration, information technology and communications departments. 

Greffin nicknamed "Mrs. B", has been employed with the Port of Palm Beach since November 2010. She has held numerous leadership roles including Director of Human Resources and Administration and District Clerk. 

Prior to joining the Port, she spent more than 15 years in the field of Human Resources.

Greffin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on mediation and conflict resolution. 

She has a passion for working with people and strives to make a positive change in the lives of each person with whom she comes in contact.

Carl Baker, Director of Planning & Development 

Carl Baker

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.

Rick Placeres, Director of Operations

Rick Placeres

Rick Placeres was named Director of Operations in March 2023 after serving in numerous leadership roles including Director of Port Security and Security Manager. Placeres works closely with Port staff, tenants and federal and local law enforcement agencies to ensure safety and security at the Port.

The former Marine Sergeant has spent the last 40 years working in both the distribution and security industries. He's held several roles along his careers including Director of Distribution for Eden Manufacturing, Function Manager for Walgreens Distribution center and Security Manager for Sunstates Security Service. 

Placeres holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of California. He is currently studying criminal justice at Palm Beach State College. Placeres is a proud father of three. His daughter Jessica is a teacher in New York, his other daughter Kassandra is a West Palm Beach Police Officer and his son Ricky is an entrepreneur in New Jersey. His pride and joy are his three beautiful grandchildren. 

Ronald Coddington, Port Engineer

Port Engineer Ronald Coddington

Ronald Coddington became Port Engineer in September 2019. Ronald comes to us from Callaway Marine Technologies Inc. He brings over 30 years of experience in the areas of ocean and marine engineering, project management, artificial reef construction, port structure assessment, underwater inspection, utility water management and port facility inspections. 

Ronald has experience with both the commercial and government side of the industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering and Post Graduate Studies in Marine Structures Cathodic Protection Systems and Marine Environmental Issues.


Richard Laird, Director of Information Technology 

Richard Laird

Richard Laird joined the District in 2002 as a systems administrator. Promoted to information technology manager in 2008, he is now responsible for all aspects of information technology at the Port as the Director of Information Technology. 

Working in the IT field full time since 1987, Richard came to Port of Palm Beach after serving 10 years in the US Navy as a Data Systems Technician 1st class. Richard holds certifications in Microsoft and Cisco among other technologies.

Tacaria Anderson Jones, Director of Contract Compliance and Tenant Relations 

Tacaria Anderson Jones

Tacaria Anderson Jones (A.K.A. "T") is the Director of Contract Compliance and Tenant Relations. She is responsible for resolving tenants requests/ concerns, working with customers on potential business opportunity, and assisting with negotiating lease contracts.

She began her career at the Port of Palm Beach District, as a summer intern, in 1998. In January 1999, she accepted a full time position in the Finance Department as a Fiscal Technician. Tacaria's responsibilities included completing daily deposits and assisted the Purchasing and Accounts Payable Specialist with various duties.  In 2001, she was promoted to Accounts Payable Specialist.  This position involved a more advanced accounting process, which included preparation and processing of all accounts payables for the Port District. Three years later, she was promoted to Accounts Receivable Specialist. In this role, her responsibilities included accurately preparing customer invoices according to tenant agreements and the Port's tariff.  She also analyzed and reconciled cash receipts to ensure timely collection of customer accounts.   

In 2022, she was promoted to Senior Manager of Contract Compliance and Accounts Receivable. Her responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of accounts receivable.  In addition to monitoring, interpreting, summarizing and ensuring compliance with tenant agreements, she also prepares current and potential customer rate proformas and resolves tenant requests and concerns. 

Tacaria enjoys having the opportunity to work with numerous departments and collaborating with colleagues within the Engineering, Security, Operations, Human Resources Communications and Clerks departments.  She has an excellent rapport with people and her excellent communication skills allows her to connect with people. She inspires them to put forth their best effort.  Tacaria looks forward to her continued growth and long tenure at the Port of Palm Beach.

Tacaria obtained her bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University in Business Administration with emphasis in Management.  Her hobbies include event planning, traveling, and shopping.  One of Tacaria's greatest accomplishment is being named President of the Florida Chapter of The Ottis Anderson Scholarship Foundation.

Yaremi Farinas, Public Information Officer/ Communications Specialist

Yaremi Farinas

Yaremi Farinas was named the port’s Public Information Officer in June 2019. She comes to the Port of Palm Beach with more than seven years of experience in television news. The former broadcast reporter covered news stories all over the sunshine state and in Oklahoma. Her most recent reporting gig was at the local CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach. In November 2018, Yaremi earned an Suncoast Chapter Emmy Award for her reports in Puerto Rico just four months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

Yaremi understands the importance of maintaining an open communication with the port’s stakeholders, the public and the media. 

Yaremi is a 2010 graduate of Florida International University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications.

Jackelin Machado, Deputy Clerk/Supervisor of Records/Marketing Analyst

Deputy Clerk & Marketing Analyst Jackelin Machado

"Jackie" Machado is currently the Deputy Clerk and Marketing Analyst. She is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the District's records. She also performs research, provides insight on commodities, markets and the industry; and she holds the position of the Port's Foreign Trade Zone administrator. Jackie was a Colombian native who has Florida home for more than two decades.

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master Degree in Financial Valuation and Investment Management, both from Lynn University. She has been with the Port of Palm Beach since 2004. During her career at the port, she has held several positions throughout all the departments.

Raquel Rivera, Human Resources and Risk Management Manager

Raquel Rivera

Raquel Rivera joined the Port of Palm Beach in May 2023 as a Human Resources and Risk Management Manager.

She has an extensive HR background, including more than 14 years of experience in recruiting, onboarding, benefits, performance management and employee relations. Although Rivera received a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies from Everest University, she soon realized her real passion was human resources. 

In her new role, she looks forward to implementing additional employee benefit programs and plans to attend community events to attract more local talent.  She is commissioned as a notary public in the state of Florida.  Rivera, who was born and raised in New York, speaks both English and Spanish. She moved to the sunshine state in 2006, where she lives with her two children.