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Eric K. Olafson

Director for Global Trade and Business Development @ PortMiami

As the Director for Global Trade and Business Development at PortMiami, Mr. Olafson develops and oversees business strategies to promote one of the leading container ports in the State of Florida including the promotion of the port’s billion dollar investment in infrastructure. He also heads up efforts to increase bi-lateral trade and develop Neo-Panamax business. In his capacity, he is responsible for administering the port’s Perishables, Transshipment, Air/Sea Cargo, and Foreign Trade Zone 281 initiatives.
Mr. Eric Olafson has a wide spectrum of experience in public administration and management, and has served Miami-Dade County government for more than 17 years.
Prior to his appointment at PortMiami, Mr. Olafson held a number of executive level positions within Miami-Dade County government including Assistant Director at the Miami-Dade County Office of Intergovernmental Affairs where he was responsible for executing Miami-Dade County’s federal legislative agenda as well as establishing and managing the county’s Washington DC office. Mr. Olafson has also worked as Legislative Counsel to US Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota. Mr. Olafson began his career working as staff in the Florida House of Representatives and subsequently worked for five years in the US Department of Justice, immigration division.
Mr. Olafson is a member in a number of maritime, business and economic development organizations at national and international levels including: World Trade Center Board of Directors; Global Ties Miami; Florida Ports Council; The Beacon Council; The Department of Commerce District Export Council; International Refrigerated Transportation Association; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, the American Association of Port Authorities, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors and Miami Propeller Club.
Education:
University of Miami School of Law
Graduated in 1994
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
BA, Suma Cum Laude, History of Latin America, Spanish
Graduated in 1990
Fluent in Spanish