Mar. 9, 2023–Rick Clark / Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Alabama Port Authority

Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer
Richard “Rick” Clark is the Alabama Port Authority’s deputy
director. Joining the APA in 2019, he is a seasoned professional
with over 30 years of maritime industry experience. Before
joining the Port, Rick served as interim chief operating officer
and U.S. manager of operations for GT USA – a subsidiary of
Gulftainer, one of the world’s leading international ports and
logistics solution providers. In this role, he led the execution of
GT’s first customer contract with SpaceX at their multipurpose
cargo terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida. Rick began his career
at Cooper T. Smith in New Orleans before joining Puerto Rico
Marine Management, Inc. to direct the company’s terminal,
cargo and warehouse operations.
Rick is active on numerous industry boards and community
organizations, including previously serving as the president of
the Propeller Club Port of Canaveral and Port of Jacksonville,
Florida. Rick also served as a New York Shipping Association
board member and is a Community Partner Impact Award
recipient from the University of North Florida Transportation
and Logistics Flagship Program.
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Rick graduated with a Bachelor
of Science in business management from Trinity Southern
University and attended the University of South Alabama and
the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.
Rick and his wife, Jeanne, currently reside in Daphne, Alabama