Faces in business: Robert J. Armstrong

May 29, 2013 

Title: Deputy Executive Director and CFO

Company: Manatee County Port Authority

What was the best business advice you ever received?

Make your vocation your passion. Choose a profession that you enjoy doing.

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?

I enjoy what I am doing right now and can't think of anything else I'd like to do. Having been CPA for along time and now working in the maritime and international business has been very rewarding to me.

What's the biggest risk you have taken in your career?

Changing careers from the CPA business to CFO of the Manatee County Port Authority. This is an entirely different industry and I had much to learn about the maritime industry and international trade which went well beyond the financial aspects of the job.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you start?

South America. Next week I will be going on a business trip to Chili, mainly because that's where most of our international business is.

-- Angie Monroe

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