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Louis E. Sola

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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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Fact Finding 30 Interim Report Issued Examining Impacts to Eastern Seaboard
Posted: August 3, 2021

Commissioner Louis E. Sola yesterday released Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Cruise Industry on the East Coast, the last in a series of interim reports issued as part of the ongoing Fact Finding 30 investigation he is conducting. The report examines direct and indirect economic impacts to ports and… Read More »

Letter of Commissioner Sola to Governor DeSantis
Posted: July 2, 2021

Commissioner Louis E. Sola wrote to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on June 30, 2021 regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations and cruise travel. The text of the letter is below. Dear Governor DeSantis: I am writing to you in my capacity as one of five commissioners of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), an… Read More »

Statement of Commissioner Louis Sola: Seafarer Welfare Group Publishes Guide to Help Mariners Receive Vaccines
Posted: June 10, 2021

The North American Maritime Ministry Association has published a list of locations across the United States where seafarers can receive COVID-19 vaccines. This link is provided in the interest of sharing information with mariners who might be having difficultly accessing the vaccine. Louis E. Sola is a Commissioner with the… Read More »

Statement of Commissioner Louis Sola: Urging Governors to Vaccinate Cruise Ship Crews
Posted: June 2, 2021

Commissioner Louis E. Sola today urged governors of four states to vaccinate seafarers working on cruise ships as a way to revitalize the tourism industry and help expedite the Nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The text of letters sent to the Governors of California, Maryland, New York, and… Read More »

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