TITLE: Commercial Manager
COMPANY: GT USA
LOCATION: Cape Canaveral
YEARS AT COMPANY: Since February 2015
As GT USA opens Canaveral Cargo Terminal in June, the company’s commercial manager Joe Cruise is playing a key role in developing business relationships with shipping lines and cargo enterprises.
GT USA’s state-of-the-art Canaveral Cargo Terminal, developed on 20 acres with two berths and two gantry cranes, will have an initial capacity of 200,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) to serve large cargo vessels. GT USA was created in July 2014 by Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately-owned terminal operator and logistics company.
According to Cruise, “The new Canaveral Cargo Terminal at Port Canaveral is strategically positioned geographically to service not only the bustling consumption centers and growing number of manufacturing and distribution centers in Central Florida, but the entire state of Florida and beyond.”
Cruise brings to GT USA more than three decades of experience in the international and domestic shipping and ports industry. He most recently served as vice president of customer care for Trailer Bridge Inc., in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was responsible for supply chain improvement and developed pricing strategies, interfacing with Fortune 100 companies to small businesses. He also has held marketing, planning and senior financial analyst roles for Crowley Maritime Corporation and United States Lines, Inc.