Managing Director, Finance & Administration Bureau
Port of Long Beach, California
Sam Joumblat is the Managing Director of Finance and Administration for the Port of Long Beach, California. The key financial position manages an annual budget of $750 million and this decade's $4 billion, 10-year capital improvement program — the largest of any seaport in the nation.
The Finance and Administration Bureau comprises the Port’s Finance, Information Management, Real Estate and Risk Management divisions.
Mr. Joumblat returned to the Port of Long Beach after a stint as Chief Financial Officer at Total Transportation Services, Inc. From 2006 to 2014, Mr. Joumblat served as the Port's Chief Financial Officer.
Before coming to the Port, he worked on financial and revenue audits for the Port as a Deputy City Auditor with the City of Long Beach.
Prior to local government, Mr. Joumblat spent most of his career in industry. He was a Senior Manager with Arthur Andersen and worked 15 years with Atlantic Richfield Company, where he held a number of managerial positions that included supervising internal audit, general accounting, contracting, information technology, and environmental health and safety. He also led a number of strategic sourcing efforts where he negotiated major contracts and managed a software implementation project.
Mr. Joumblat began his career as an engineer at Rockwell International, where he worked on the Space Shuttle and other space programs.
He holds a master’s degree in business administration, a master of science degree in mechanical engineering and a master of science degree in industrial engineering, all from the University of Southern California. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.
He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed to practice in the State of California, and a Certified Internal Auditor.
The Port of Long Beach is the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety, environmental stewardship and sustainability. As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port handles trade valued at more than $194 billion annually and supports 1.4 million trade-related jobs cross the nation, including more than 300,000 in Southern California. Again named Best Green Seaport worldwide in 2018, the Port is committed to environmentally sustainable practices and policies that also improve operational efficiency. This includes an unprecedented $46.5 million Community Grants Program to lessen Port impacts on air quality, traffic, noise and water quality. Founded in 1911, the Port today encompasses 3,200 acres with 35 miles of waterfront, 10 piers, 80 berths and 66 gantry cranes. In 2017, the Port handled more than 7.5 million container units, the best year in its history.