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Port of Palm Beach Updates

Posted on: November 2, 2017

Staff Promotions in Operations Department

The Port of Palm Beach announced two staff promotions in the Operations Department today.

As the Manager of Operations and Security, Rick Placeres will oversee day to day operations, working with tenants to facilitate scheduling and cargo business. He will collaborate with Alan Fawcett to streamline inter-departmental communications, control costs, create efficiencies, and promote a safe work environment. Placeres was formerly the Port’s Compliance Manager, and he began his career with the Port in August 2015.

Alan Fawcett, Facilities Superintendent, will continue to manage activities throughout the Port’s grounds, buildings, berths and railroad. His previous role was the Facilities Foreman and Train Master. This past September, Fawcett celebrated his 21-year employment anniversary with the Port.

Both Placeres and Fawcett report directly to Kenneth L. Hern, Senior Director of Operations, Security, Facilities and Railroad.

About Port of Palm Beach

Located in Riviera Beach, the Port of Palm Beach is a full-service, diversified port, offering cruise and cargo services to more than 30 onsite tenants and users. At 162 acres, the Port’s efficiency is unparalleled, processing more than $7 billion in commodities, 2.5 million tons of cargo, and 500,000 cruise passengers annually. As one of the largest employers in Palm Beach County, the Port of Palm Beach and its tenants employ more than 2,850 people. Through the contribution of more than $185 million in business revenue and $17.5 million in tenant-contributed state and local annual tax revenue, the Port of Palm Beach is one of the largest economic engines in South Florida. For more information, visit

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