MIAMI --Diane J. Sabatino, Port Director, PortMiami, was honored along with three other Professional Females at the at the World Trade Center Miami's (WTCM) 11th annual International Women's Day luncheon. More than 450 executives and professionals attended the event on Friday, March 7, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel where Port Director Sabatino was honored for her “significant contributions in advancing international trade and business in Florida," as said by WTCM President and CEO Charlotte Gallogly.
In 2004, the World Trade Center Miami began to sponsor this annual event in order to recognize Florida women who have inspired others to make major accomplishments in international business. Mrs. Sabatino was praised for her exceptional leadership in promoting and enhancing free trade and international business in the Americas.
Alice E. Ancona, Director, Global Outreach, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Diaz, Shareholder, Chair, Customs & International Trade Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. and Barbara Reilly, CAE, Executive Vice President, National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association (NCBFAA) were also honored alongside Port Director Sabatino.
Miami Port Director Sabatino has served in this position since September 2011 and manages a complex operation covering all maritime cargo, agriculture, passenger, and trade operations at a busy maritime cargo port and the largest cruise passenger port in the country. Mrs. Sabatino also serves as the primary CBP liaison for all Port of Miami stakeholders.
Mrs. Sabatino has 16 years of government service, beginning her career as an Immigration Inspector at John F. Kennedy International Airport, specializing in the Immigration and Nationality Act as well as the processing of criminal aliens. She advanced through the ranks, and was promoted to Supervisor after just four years of service.
“Port Director Sabatino has created a culture of teamwork and collaboration at the Miami Seaport not only amongst CBP personnel, but also with port stakeholders and industry partners,” said Director Field Operations Miami Vernon Foret.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.