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Louis E. Sola

Confidential Assistant : Anna D’Aprile
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Phone: 202-523-5712 Email: ADaprile@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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Commissioner Sola Discusses LNG at AAPA Legislative Summit 
Posted: April 4, 2024

Commissioner Louis E. Sola participated on a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Exports panel at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Legislative Summit held in Washington, D.C. from March 18-21, 2024. Commissioner Sola highlighted the importance of LNG in reducing carbon emissions, stating, “LNG can reduce carbon emissions by 20-30%… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Meets with Mayor Sandy Stimpson in Mobile, Alabama
Posted: February 1, 2024

Commissioner Louis E. Sola visited Mobile, Alabama, in late January where he met with Mayor Sandy Stimpson to discuss the port’s growth in Mobile. The Port of Mobile has a significant positive impact on the local community, as it serves as a catalyst for economic growth, employment opportunities, and the… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Attends Cruise Forward Summit to Talk About Zero Emission Efforts in the Maritime Industry
Posted: December 14, 2023

Commissioner Louis E. Sola participated on a panel at the Cruise Forward Summit that addressed “Pathways to Net Zero Emissions by 2050” for maritime transport. The Cruise Lines International Association organized the summit held in Miami, FL from November 29, 2023 through December 1, 2023. Commissioner Sola highlighted regulatory issues… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Speaks at LNG Bunkering Summit
Posted: November 20, 2023

Commissioner Louis Sola spoke at the LNG Bunkering Summit 2023 North America, participating on a panel that explored the policy and operational issues related to Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering. The event was held in Miami, FL, on November 14-16, 2023, and focused on supply chain sustainability, LNG bunkering, and… Read More »

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