PROPELLER CLUB OF PORT CANAVERAL 2024 MARITIME PERSON OF THE YEAR 

Diane Luensmann, Vice President, Government and Strategic Communications for the Canaveral Port Authority, has been named Maritime Person of the Year by the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral for 2024. She has worked at the Port Authority since 2017, bringing her decades of experience in federal government, state government and the private sector. Diane earned a Master’s degree from the U.S. Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies. Her private sector experience includes serving as the first female to be President of a full-service New England Ad agency. Her federal experience includes serving as Communications Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for members of the U.S. House of Representatives. In state government she served as Liaison to the Democratic Governors Association. She also worked as Maritime Policy Director for the American Maritime Congress.
Since joining the Canaveral Port Authority, Diane has used her extensive experience in government relations and policy initiatives, and communications and marketing to promote the mission and interests of Port Canaveral, the world’s second busiest cruise port, at the local, state, and federal government levels. She has been a major force in getting federal and state legislation passed and policy improvements made on a wide range of issues that have impact far beyond just Port Canaveral and the State of Florida. An example is that she was instrumental in getting a federal law passed to create a maritime security zone controlled and enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard for the safe and secure splashdown and recovery of space launch assets when it became apparent after the first manned capsule return mission that there was not adequate authority included in existing law. Diane has been involved in planning and deploying innovations and industry cutting edge achievements such as LNG ship fueling at Port Canaveral and strengthening port partnerships with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She has worked to improve emergency response and port safety for Florida ports with the successful passage of Florida legislation to improve hurricane evacuation procedures and helping the port receive funding for a new fire boat and emergency rescue response equipment. In addition to all her work directly impacting the maritime industry, Diane is a strong advocate for maritime education and has helped bring Maritime Academy cadets to Port Canaveral for training and internship opportunities.
Congratulations to Diane Luensmann, the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral’s Maritime Person of the Year!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

NEXT EVENT
FIREWORKS DINNER
The July Fireworks Dinner is back this year!!  After not holding the event last year, the Port’s  “Smoke on the Water” Fireworks event is back!  Join us on Friday, July 5 from 7 to 10 pm at Gator’s Portside, Port Canaveral for a delicious buffet and VIP Fireworks viewing!  Pre-registration is required!  No ticket sales at the door.  Register online here: Fireworks Dinner

PROPELLER CLUB OF PORT CANAVERAL

2024 MEMBER OF THE YEAR
BOB SIELSKI

Bob Sielski is a long-time member of the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral and is currently serving as club Secretary for the sixth year in a row.  Bob has had a long and distinguished career as a Naval Architect.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and his Master of Engineering and Doctor of Science in Structural Engineering from the George Washington University.  Some of his career highlights include developing a guide for the design and construction of aluminum marine structure that has become a standard reference for aluminum ship structures, working with the Naval Sea Systems Command, and advising the Office of Naval Research on its Ship Structure Reliability program.  He received the Distinguished Service Award in 2011 from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and was elected a Fellow in 2012.  He has worked on and chaired committees with the Marine Board of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Society of Naval Engineers.

Bob has shown his dedication to the mission of the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral by volunteering not only as Club Secretary but also faithfully attending the club’s Keep Brevard Beautiful Clean Up days and serving on the Education Committee.  Bob is very passionate about the club’s maritime education efforts and scholarship program.  He has served as an evaluator for awarding the club’s scholarships for many years and in recent years he has taken the lead on the scholarship application evaluation team, developing a matrix to assist in the process.  He advocates for the continued development of the club’s Scholarship Endowment to provide funding for future scholarships.   Bob is also passionate about the club’s support for the Canaveral Port Ministry and is always part of the group of members who attend the Ministry’s annual Gala.  In his spare time Bob is an avid marathon runner.  He has run a marathon in all 50 states and in London and has run half marathons in Antarctica and on the Great Wall of China!   Congratulations to our Member of the Year, Bob Sielski.

SHERIFF ADDRESSES PROPELLER CLUB AT JUNE LUNCHEON

Sheriff Wayne Ivey was the guest speaker at the Propeller Club’s June Luncheon. Sheriff Ivey complimented Commander Byron Keck and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Florida (Official) team at the Canaveral Precinct on their great job of policing the very busy, challenging, and unique port and he talked about the great partnership between the Sheriff’s Department, the Canaveral Port Authority, and the other port stakeholders. By far the hit of his presentation which focused on the Sheriff Department’s canine unit was bloodhound puppy Scooby. The Sheriff stated that BCSO has the largest canine unit in the State of Florida which includes Bloodhounds, Shepherds, Labs, and Malinois. Bloodhounds are used for tracking and search and rescue while the other breeds are used for explosives detection, patrol, narcotics work and tracking. The BCSO has their own breeding program and some of the bloodhounds work in schools. The Sheriff mentioned that the five schools with dogs have the highest attendance record and that the dogs also visit other schools to offer emotional support after tragic incidents. The Sheriff thanked the community for the great support shown to the BCSO and noted that the kind of support shown in Brevard County is not found in many jurisdictions. He thanked his hard-working Sheriff deputies and highlighted the decrease in crime in Brevard County.
 

 
 
 

 

Scroll to top