Recognizing Seaboard Marine’s partnership with PortMiami and the significant investments made towards improving business in Florida, Governor Rick Scott, yesterday, formally presented Jose Perez-Jones, Senior Vice-President, and two other deserving Florida executives with his Business Ambassador Award. With more than 100 Florida representatives present on the first day of an international trade mission in Chile, Governor Scott said, “My number one priority is to create job opportunities for Florida families. …I am pleased to recognize Florida leaders, such as Jose Perez-Jones, who have made a big impact in creating opportunities for Florida families to succeed.”

Seaboard Marine President Edward Gonzalez said, “In addition to investing in additional infrastructure to improve capacity, security, and efficiency in Miami, Seaboard Marine is constantly,  investing in our community and, by extension, the great State of Florida in other ways. One of those ways is supporting our Governor and PortMiami by taking a leadership role in facilitating trade. Joe is an exemplary company representative who passionately dedicates his time towards improving trade with our neighbors in Latin America and the Caribbean. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient for such an award.”

Perez-Jones is in Chile representing Seaboard Marine as part of a TEAM Florida trade mission to Chile organized by Governor Scott. The purpose of the mission is to encourage Florida business and education leaders to expand investment with Chile, Florida’s seventh largest trade partner, to create job opportunities for Florida families. These new job opportunities are created from Florida businesses seeking to capitalize on a strong economic climate as the expected growth of Chile’s economy will create new export opportunities. Last year, Perez-Jones assisted Governor Scott in other similar missions to Colombia and Panama.

Seaboard Marine in partnership with PortMiami, is jointly spending $54 million dollars in terminal upgrades through 2015. These construction projects include 1,400 feet of additional berthing as well as enhanced gate systems, lighting, fencing and paving throughout Seaboard Marine’s facility. These improvements should lead to more cargo and jobs for hard working Floridians.