USSA’s Annual Meeting took place

Friday, October 27, 2023
Bahia Mar | 2nd Floor Commodore Ballroom

Celebrating 17 years of supporting the superyacht industry.

Highlight included:

  • Speaker: Dylan J. DeFrancisci, Port Director of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades Seaport
  • High-level industry networking
  • The “State of the Association” presentation
  • Critical updates from industry partners
  • Annual Awards of Excellence
  • Key industry projections, trends, and data
  • Plus much more….

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Dylan J. DeFrancisci, Port Director of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades Seaport

Mr. Dylan J. DeFrancisci reported for duty as the Port Director of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades Seaport, January 7, 2018. As Port Director, Mr. DeFrancisci is charged with direct oversight of the 10th busiest international airport in the United States. Port Everglades Seaport is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations, and is currently the number three cruise/passenger port in the world. Port Everglades is also one of Florida’s leading container ports, with more than 4,000 ship calls annually.Prior to his current position, Mr. DeFrancisci was the Area Port Director of the Miami Seaport from December 2015-2018. In this position, he had oversight of passenger cruise ship and cargo vessel operations, the Miami Seaplane Base, two foreign trade zone operations, the small vessel operations center for the State of Florida and cargo vessel arrivals on the Miami River. In addition to the Miami based seaport operations, Key West and Marathon Airport also fell within his area of responsibility.Mr. DeFrancisci served as the Director of Preclearance Operations from 2012-2015 in Washington DC. In this position, he supervised over 1500 CBP Officers, Agriculture Specialists,support staff, and dependents at 16 Preclearance ports of entry in six foreign countries, across six time zones. From 2008-2012, Mr. DeFrancisci was assigned as the Port Director of Aruba Preclearance.There he was responsible for approximately 40 employee and dependents. During this tenure, he had the distinction of being the most senior U.S. Representative on the island of Aruba and worked regularly with foreign government dignitaries and officials. Mr. DeFrancisci served within CBP Headquarters from 2003-2008 and mostly on assignment as a Field Liaison Officer at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC. In this position, he was responsible for directing a variety of programs and initiatives within the Office of Field Operations. Mr. DeFrancisci spearheaded programs relating to multi-year resource requests based on analysis of organizational goals, enforcement initiatives, Agency priorities and funding projections. Mr. De Francisci joined the U.S. Customs Service in 1996, as a Customs Inspector at John F.

Kennedy International Airport and then Newark-Liberty International Airport. He has directed numerous operations to include the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) for Hurricanes Matthew, Harvey, Irma, and Maria. He was the Deputy of the Emergency Operations Center for Operation Secure Line. Mr. DeFrancisci most recently served as the Deputy National Incident Commander of Operation Allies Welcome and National Incident Commander of the Southwest Border Coordination Center in Washington DC.With over twenty-seven years of progressive law enforcement experience, Mr. DeFrancisci has had the opportunity to apply a hands-on approach to a myriad of programs designed to address anti-terrorism, border security and cargo/passenger facilitation.Mr. DeFrancisci is happily married to his wife Michele and has a thirteen-year-old daughter,Daniella.