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Cestra “Ces” Butner  (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Butner Gets a Third Term in Oakland

Cestra “Ces” Butner will serve a third term as President of the Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners.  President Butner joined the Board of Port Commissioners in 2012.  He first served as President from July 2013 to July 2014.  He was voted to a second term in July 2018.  President Butner founded Horizon Beverage Company, the Oakland-based distributorship serving northern Alameda and western Contra Costa Counties.  He sold the company in 2015.

Barbara Leslie  (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Former Port of Oakland Staffer Returns as Commissioner

Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce CEO Barbara Leslie has joined the Port of Oakland’s governing Board of Port Commissioners.  Ms. Leslie, a onetime Port Government Affairs Specialist, replaces Earl Hamlin who resigned from the seven-member Board.Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf nominated Leslie for the volunteer post.  The City Council appointed her this week.Leslie went to work for the Chamber of Commerce in 2014 as its first woman President and CEO. She has 25 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, including service as Assistant to the City Manager during

Casey Hehr (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Hehr Named Security Director at Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Casey Hehr to lead the Security Division at the nation’s second-busiest seaport.Hehr has been with the Port of Long Beach since November 2016, serving as the Assistant Director of Security. He has been the acting director of the division since March, following the retirement of the previous director.Prior to his position at the Port, Hehr served with the U.S. Coast Guard for more than 20 years, retiring as the Chief of Operations and Response for the Los Angeles-Long Beach Sector. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical

(Photo: Port of Long Beach)

'Maritime Center of Excellence' Launched in Long Beach

of Long Beach Maritime Center of Excellence at Long Beach City College will target a variety of programs for occupations in the global logistics and supply chain industries that require more education than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year college degree.The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently approved $60,000 in funding for the program’s first year as a pilot project. The Maritime Center joins the Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School as a keystone of the Port’s education outreach efforts.“The Port of Long Beach believes in investing in the

William T. “Bill” Bergeron (Photo courtesy of WTCNO)

Bergeron to be Honored

marine manufacturing and service firm with up to 1,400 employees, the largest reported inland river barge contract in U.S. maritime history at $58 million, with shipyards and services in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Venezuela.  Bergeron previously served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Bergeron has also received honors such as the Governor’s Lantern Award presented by former Governor Dave Treen as well as special recognition from former Alabama Governor Fob James for construction of the most modern barge-building plant in the United States

Gov. Edwards Appoints Charles H. Ponstein to Port NOLA Board of Commissioners Photo courtesy Port NOLA

Ponstein Appointed on Port of New Orleans Board

 Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Charles H. Ponstein to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans as the St. Bernard Parish representative on the seven-member regional board. Ponstein was sworn in during today’s monthly Board meeting and will serve a five-year term succeeding William T. Bergeron. With the Port’s acquisition of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad effective Feb. 1, 2018, Port Commissioners also serve as directors of the New Orleans Public Belt board, Ponstein will become NOPB’s newest director with this appointment.   “Charles Ponstein

Kerry Gerot (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

New Comms Director at Port of Long Beach

 The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday approved the selection of Kerry Gerot to lead the Port’s Communications and Community Relations Division. The appointment is effective August 19.   Gerot is currently the Public Affairs Officer for the Long Beach City Manager’s Office, a position she has held for almost three years. As Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Port, she will oversee media relations, crisis communications, community engagement and educational outreach at the Harbor Department.    The Communications Division

Stacey Lewis (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Promotes Lewis

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the selection of Stacey Lewis as Director of Human Resources Services to lead the division that administers employment for the Harbor Department. The appointment is effective July 1. Lewis, the Port’s Assistant Director of Human Resources, was promoted to Director following the retirement of the previous HR Director. Lewis joined the Port of Long Beach in 2008. She was appointed Assistant Director of Human Resources in January 2009. Prior to coming to the port, she was the president of a consulting firm providing services to several

Port NOLA Chairman Michael Kearney, joined by Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy D. Christian, receives the 2017 Diolkos Award at the 7th Annual Rail Supply Chain Summit in Chicago on June 14, 2017. Photo Credit: MEP&A

Port NOLA Chairman Receives Leadership Award

Michael W. Kearney, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, was named recipient of the 2017 Diolkos Award at the 7th Annual Rail Supply Chain Summit in Chicago on June 14, 2017.   The Diolkos Award recognizes an individual with outstanding vision and leadership within the supply chain who equally has contributed to his community.  The award is named after Ancient Greece’s Diolkos Wagonway, the world’s first supply chain and earliest known form of rail transport, which facilitated the transfer of heavy cargo from sea, over land, to the sea.   &ldq

Duane Kenagy (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Kenagy Named No. 2 Head at Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Duane Kenagy as the Port of Long Beach’s deputy executive director.   Kenagy most recently served as interim chief executive, overseeing the nation’s second-busiest seaport during the search that ended in naming Mario Cordero as executive director.   “Duane provided exceptional leadership during an important transition period at the Port of Long Beach,” said Harbor Commission president Lori Ann Guzmán. “It was exactly what the board was hoping for, and this appointment is a reflection of

Suzanne Plezia (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Names Two Engineering Executives

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week named two Harbor Department engineering leaders as the new Chief Harbor Engineer and the new Director of Program Management. The Appointments are effective April 29.   Suzanne Plezia, the Port's Director of Construction Management, has been promoted to Senior Director of the Engineering Bureau’s Program Delivery Group. The position also holds the title of Chief Harbor Engineer. Plezia is the first woman to be Chief Harbor Engineer of the Port of Long Beach. The Chief Harbor Engineer is in charge of executing all of the Port’s

Ray Klosowski (Photo: SLC)

New Appointments at Duluth Seaway Port Authority

At its first meeting of 2017, the newly seated St. Louis County (SLC) Board appointed two new commissioners to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority—Patrick Boyle and Pete Stauber. They will complete remaining terms of former commissioners Chris Dahlberg and Steve Raukar, respectively, both of whom chose not to run for reelection to the SLC Board last fall. Boyle, a nurse practitioner for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, was first elected to the SLC Board in a special election in January 2014 to fill out the term of the late Steve O’Neil. At the time, he was a member of the

View of Cowes Harbour (Photo:  Cowes Harbour Commissioners)

Cowes Harbour Seeks Harbour Commisioner

One of the Cowes Harbour Commissioners, Ben Board, has taken the decision to resign due to family and work commitments. In his resignation letter, he commented: “I think the work the Commission do is extremely important and you have a team of people on the Board that care passionately about what happens to the harbour, as do I, and I feel that it is in safe hands for the future.” Cowes Harbour Commission is seeking a new Board member to fill the vacancy and has commenced an open recruitment process for the position.   Cowes Harbour is renowned as the world’s most famous

Bill Wyatt (Photo: Port of Portland

Port of Portland Director Announces Retirement

Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt formally announced to the Port Commissioners that he will retire from the Port on June 30, 2017. He has led the Oregon port since 2001.   Wyatt’s 16-year tenure with the U.S. West Coast port has included major milestones in the organization’s history. At the marine terminals specifically, his legacy includes several hundred million dollars of infrastructure investment made by port marine terminal tenants following the $199 million Columbia River navigation channel deepening project leading to the growth and retention of key waterfront

Brandy D. Christian  Photo Port of New Orleans

Christian Heads New Orleans Port as President & CEO

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Brandy D. Christian has begun service as the Port’s president and chief executive officer following her two-year tenure as its chief operating officer.   “Brandy is an experienced maritime professional with a strategic mindset and clear focus on actionable goals,” said Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners Michael Kearney. “The Board’s competitive national search for a COO was part of an executive succession plan. We had hoped the successful candidate would

Michael Colbruno (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Colbruno Elected Port of Oakland Board President

Michael Colbruno, a managing partner with the Milo Group of California, has been elected President of the Port of Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners. The former two-term member and past chair of the Oakland Planning Commission was chosen unanimously by the seven-member Board last night. He succeeds Commissioner Earl Hamlin who concludes his one-year tenure as President but remains on the Board.   “The Port of Oakland is the main cog in the Bay Area’s economic engine and prides itself in its commitment to the community and promotion of diversity,” said Colbruno.

Chris Lytle (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Oakland Port Director Signs on for 3 More Years

Chris Lytle at the helm for gains with airport, seaport, commercial real estate portfolio   Port of Oakland Commissioners have awarded Executive Director Chris Lytle a new three-year contract. The agreement means the longtime industry veteran will remain at the helm in Oakland through July 2019. Commissioners unanimously approved the new deal at a meeting last week.    “Chris Lytle has transformed the Port of Oakland and raised its visibility as a center for trade, transportation and economic vitality,” said Earl Hamlin, President of the Board of Port Commissioners.

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