Robert Peek


Director and General Manager, Business Development

Robert Peek is the Director and General Manager of Business Development for the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) in Jacksonville, Florida, a top 10 U.S. container port and one of the largest vehicle-handling ports in the country. He leads the port's Marketing and Sales Department, overseeing all market research and sales initiatives to identify and secure new cargo business at JAXPORT. He also works closely with area economic development agencies to attract new logistics and manufacturing industries to Northeast Florida.

Robert has worked at JAXPORT since 1995, serving in a series of roles of increasing responsibility in Corporate Communications, Marketing, and Sales. He was appointed to his current General Manager role in 2019.

Peek earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and holds a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of North Florida. He also holds a Certification in Transportation & Logistics (CTL) from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics. He is a former board member of the North Florida District Export Council and past president of Jacksonville Sister Cities Association. 

Sessions With Robert Peek

Wednesday, 2 March

  • 11:00am - 11:45pm (EST) / 02/mar/2022 07:00 pm - 03/mar/2022 07:45 am

    Alternative Gateways as Options Amid Continuing Disruption

    With continuing congestion affecting major US container gateways, many shippers have turned their attention to alternative ports such as Boston, Jaxport, Philadelphia, and others that are not experiencing vessel backups and excessive numbers of containers on the yard, impacting productivity and flow. But questions persist about smaller ports’ ability to provide the necessary end-to-end infrastructure to support supply chains such as truck and chassis capacity and proximity to distribution centers. Boston, for example, cites the dredging of Boston Harbor to 47 feet, building its new Berth 10 with 3,300 feet of linear berth space, and three new ship-to-shore cranes able to accommodate 14,000 TEU vessels. Jaxport this summer will complete a $484 million project to deepen its channel to 47 feet, and construction is underway on $200 million in berth and terminal improvements at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at Blount Island, while Ceres Terminals is investing an additional $15 million to modernize the port’s Dames Point facility. At Philadelphia, $1 billion in port-related infrastructure improvements is completed or underway, and truck turn times of under 50 minutes are typical for a dual move. In this TPM case study, representatives of the ports and customers will discuss how the ports can be seen as viable alternatives for shippers looking to diversify ports of entry.