Wayne Stubbs

Wayne Stubbs - Executive Director, Port Panama City
Executive Director
Port Panama City

Wayne began his career in 1979 as a boarding agent with Harrington and Co. in the Port of Savannah. From 1982 to 1986 he managed the export of bulk woodchips to Scandinavia as executive vice president of Savannah Sales Corporation.

In 1986 he moved to Fernandina Beach, Florida to develop and manage a new deep-water port. There he served as the president of Nassau Terminals. In 2001, he moved to Panama City, Florida to serve as the executive director of Port Panama City.

Under his leadership, Port Panama City has invested over $100 million in new facilities, and has achieved a threefold increase in cargo activity. The Port has also played a major role in attracting new manufacturing to Northwest Florida.


Wayne has a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University, and master’s degree from the University of Missouri and is Professional Port Manger from American Association of Port Authorities.

Wayne has served as chairman of the Florida Ports Council and is currently the chairman of the FSTED Council. He is an advocate for utilizing Florida’s investment in ports to attract new manufacturing industry to Florida.

Speaking At:

Thursday, October 11 | 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
> Transformational Investments – Triumph Gulf Coast panel – Dr. Rick Harper, Economic Advisor, Triumph Gulf Coast; Wayne Stubbs, Executive Director, Port Panama City; Nathan Sparks, Executive Director, Okaloosa Economic Development Council; Shannon Ogletree, Director, Santa Rosa Economic Development Office; Ann Leonard, Director, Haney Technical Center