Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michael Jaccoma, Brendan Barry and Sherif Assal to the Board of Pilot Commissioners.

Michael Jaccoma

Jaccoma, of Davie, is a harbor pilot for Biscayne Bay Pilots. He currently serves as vice chairman on the Board of Pilot Commissioners and has been actively engaged in the piloting profession in the state of Florida since 1988. Jaccoma is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Unlimited Master with a First Class Pilot Endorsement for the Port of Miami. He earned his bachelor’s degree in nautical science from Maine Maritime Academy.

Brendan Barry

Barry, of Sea Ranch Lakes, is a senior partner at the law firm of Shutts & Bowen in Fort Lauderdale, practicing in commercial real estate and corporate finance. He has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, Port Everglades Association FishFlorida and the New York Law School Alumni Association Board. Barry earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and his juris doctor from New York Law School.

Sherif Assal

Assal, of Miramar, is the President and Chief Operating Officer of American Guard Services and the President of United Stevedoring of America. He has over 20 years of experience in maritime security and stevedoring services. Assal is a diamond member of the Cruise Lines International Association and holds membership in ASIS International.

These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.



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