Bill Johnson, Miami Port Chief, has made it no secret that he has his eye on the Beacon Council spot vacated by Frank Nero. Coincidentally, Juan Kuryla, Port of Miami Deputy Director, who got the post to head the port in Jacksonville unexpectedly withdrew his name according to the South Florida Business Journal. Was Juan promised the position as port director in Miami? It is the only thing that would make sense of this sudden withdrawal of his name.
The CEO job was offered to Kuryla two weeks ago by the Jaxport Board of Directors. Bill Johnson said he wanted a replacement lined up at the Port of Miami. I guess the National search going on to fill the Beacon Council vacancy is just a big fat sham. This deal appears to be already done and the players are in place. I think I will be proven right since Johnson has already said he liked and trusted Kuryla.
Also see the article by Robin Reiter - interim president of the Beacon Council - who doesn't mention this job search at all. Who is really driving the bus with the hiring at Beacon Council? I don't think Robin is even in the backseat. Maybe Mayor Gimenez is the driving force? If Kuryla gets the number one spot in Miami you will know all the cards have been played but the public and the search firm are being kept out of the loop.