Manuel Almira, PPM has more than 35 years of experience in the maritime industry, with expertise in international imports and exports that is bolstered by extensive knowledge in marketing within the South Florida market. Upon joining the Port of Palm Beach in 2008 as Executive Director, Almira exacted strict budgetary controls, that, within 18 months, brought the Port from a $3.1 million deficit to a profit for the first time in more than a decade. As of 2018, the port has had seven consecutive years of positive financial results.
Almira has been instrumental in bringing new business to the port over the past decade, including two multi-day passenger vessels, a casino day cruise and metal exporter. As business continues to grow, infrastructure improvements that accommodate increased throughput are underway. In 2015, Almira oversaw the $27.2 million restoration and redevelopment of the port's southernmost slip. Beginning in July 2016, Almira oversaw the $15 million construction of a mini-slip, located at the port's southernmost berth.
Cuban-born and raised in New York, Almira is a graduate of Bernard Baruch College, City University of New York. He is a recipient of the Florida Governor's Business Ambassador Medal and earned the American Association of Port Authorities Professional Port Manager (PPM) Certification in 2013, concentrating on the feasibility and implementation of an inland port distribution center to service all three of the major South Florida ports, with the principle focus of controlling expenses.