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.