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Commissioner

Louis E. Sola

Counsel: Clark Jennings
Contact Information
Phone: 202-523-5712 Email: Cjennings@fmc.gov

Biography:

Commissioner Louis E. Sola was nominated by President Trump on November 15, 2018 to a term expiring on June 30, 2023. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on January 2, 2019 and he was sworn into office on January 23, 2019. Commissioner Sola was a 2018 candidate for Florida’s 24th Congressional District in his hometown of Miami, Florida.

Commissioner Sola was previously appointed by then-Governor Rick Scott to serve as a Commissioner on the Florida Board of Pilots Commissioners in 2015.  As a Commissioner of the Board of Pilots, Commissioner Sola was responsible for licensing and regulating harbor pilots and served on the Probable Cause Panel for Marine Accidents.

Between 2005 and 2018, Commissioner Sola was a licensed ship and mega yacht broker who served as Chief Executive Officer of Evermarine, and as an executive with prestigious yachting firms Northup and Johnson Yacht and Campers & Nicholsons (including winning the Cannes – Azimut Benetti Sales Award ).

Between 1998 and 2004, Commissioner Sola served as a consultant with Berkshire Capital and Arden & Price while raising his family in the Panama Canal Zone. During this time, he authored, inter alia, studies for the Inter-American Development Bank regarding the creation of a Central American Index fund though the region’s equity markets. Commissioner Sola also developed international finance strategies focusing on the maritime sector in Latin America (including ports, free trade zones and ship repairs) as well as management of greenfield projects.

Commissioner Sola served in the U.S. Army between 1986 and 1997 as a strategic debriefer and as a counter intelligence agent.  He served the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command in Munich, Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall by strategically debriefing refugees from Eastern Europe.  Subsequently, Commissioner Sola served the U.S. Army’s Southern Command as a Spanish linguist involved with counter intelligence activities in Panama during the War on Drugs in the 1990’s. Mr. Sola earned the US Army Parachutist Badge (Airborne) and was awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal for his efforts during the Cuban Refugee Crisis. He has also received the National Defense Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Commendation Medal and has received the Army Achievement Award three times.  He is a two-time graduate of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, CA (Spanish, German).

Commissioner Sola earned his A.A. in history from Parkland College; a B.S. in Management from the Nova Southeastern University and a M.S in international finance from the University of Illinois, and served as an adjunct professor at Florida State University between 1999 and 2001 where he taught classes in small business, finance and entrepreneurship.  He is an avid fan of Miami Marlins baseball and has two children, Carolyn and Anthony Sola.

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Remarks of Commissioner Sola at Port of Galveston
Posted: May 3, 2021

Good Afternoon, Buenas Tardes! Albert Shannon, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Port of Galveston Alan Robb, President, I-L-A Mayor – Craig Brown Business Impact Leaders  “J.P.” Bryan, Jr. Emerson Hankamer Philip Kuebler Gina M. Spagnola, President & CEO, Galveston Chamber of Commerce Michael Woody, Chief Tourism Officer, Galveston Island Convention &… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Meets with Florida’s Governor & Attorney General on Cruise Ship Matters
Posted: April 13, 2021

Commissioner Louis E. Sola recently held meetings in Tallahassee with Florida’s Governor and Attorney General to brief each on his Fact Finding 30 investigation of COVID-19 related impacts to the cruise industry and to respectively discuss what he envisions as ways to allow for the safe resumption of passenger vessel… Read More »

Statement by Commissioner Louis E. Sola on the One Year Anniversary of the Cessation of Cruise Activity from U.S. Ports
Posted: March 18, 2021

The arrival of COVID-19 in the United States one-year ago and its ensuing spread has created a year of challenges for Americans, including economic impacts and hardships.  The loss of cruise operations over the course of an entire year has been felt by people and municipalities who rely on this… Read More »

Fact Finding 30 Interim Report Issued Examining Impacts to CA, HI, and U.S. Pacific Territories
Posted: March 17, 2021

Commissioner Louis E. Sola today released “Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Cruise Industry on California, Hawaii, and the Pacific,” the latest in a series of interim reports being issued as part of the ongoing Fact Finding 30 investigation he is conducting. The report examines direct and indirect economic impacts… Read More »

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