“I find my job fascinating…we procure for all types of needs from pens to cranes; sidewalk repairs to cruise terminal expansions.”
I started with Miami Dade County at the age of 17 at Parks and Recreation. Now, 25 years later, I have my CPPB and MBA and am the Director of Contracts and Procurement with Port Miami – known worldwide as the ‘Cruise Capital of the World’. The Port is also the second largest economic engine for Miami-Dade County and contributes $28 billion annually to the local economy and supports more than 207,000 jobs in South Florida. In 2015 nearly five million cruise passengers entered the Port – more than any other port in the World.
Port Miami Procurement handles all construction, design, goods and services purchasing contracts and material management and capital inventory for the Port. I am involved with the Maritime industry and its many partners. In this capacity, I not only administer the prompt and efficient response to all Port’s procurement needs but also supervise the procurement of all multi-million dollar Port’s Capital Improvement Projects.
One of my most memorable moments was being a part of the $1 billion Port Miami infrastructure project which included procuring four 65-long-ton capacity Super Post-Panamax Cranes! The project is now complete and transformed the Port to become a major U.S. global gateway.
I find my job fascinating. I have been doing procurement for 20 years. I love purchasing. The diversity in what we procure for all types of needs from pens to cranes; sidewalk repairs to cruise terminal expansions is indescribable.
Gyselle Pino, CPPB, MBA
Division Chief, Contracts, Procurement and Materials Management