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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

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'Maritime Center of Excellence' Launched in Long Beach

Port of Long Beach and Long Beach City College leaders officially launched an new program this week to provide opportunities to local students seeking the employment skills they need to join the goods movement workforce.The Port 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

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

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 local municipalities and nonprofit organizations, including the port. She was also the Civil Service Manager

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

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 capital projects.   The Program Delivery Group Plezia will lead comprises four divisions – Program Management, Construction Management, Survey and Project Controls. This group is responsible for the Port&rsquo

Chris Lytle (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Oakland Port Director Signs on for 3 More Years

Port of Oakland along with the first three visits of the 1,300-foot-long Benjamin Franklin, the largest cargo ship to ever visit the U.S.; and a new master lease at tourist-favorite Jack London Square with CIM Group.   Lytle joined the port in 2013 after serving as Executive Director at the Port of Long Beach. Before that, he worked as a shipping industry executive with CMA CGM, P&O Ports, APM Terminals and Sea-Land Service

Thomas A. Jelenić (Photo: Pacific Merchant Shipping Association)

Jelenić Joins Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

(PMSA) as Vice President, the trade association announced today. Jelenić will work in PMSA’s Long Beach office as of June 13, 2016.   Jelenić brings two decades of maritime industry experience to his new role, including more than 14 years in environmental and planning positions at the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second busiest seaport, and senior management roles in private consulting and logistics development. His work includes leading successful efforts to manage complex air quality, transportation and greenhouse gas issues related to the shipping industry, and he developed the

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Port of Long Beach Approves Project Labor Agreement

Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners have approved a plan Monday to expand the port’s use of locally hired, disadvantaged and veteran workers for more than $700 million in construction projects.   Under the new Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, at least 40 percent of the work on port construction projects must be done by local residents (Los Angeles and Orange counties), 15 percent by disadvantaged workers and 10 percent by veterans. The PLA also encourages apprenticeship and training programs, and

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Port of Long Beach Adds Three Directors

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved the appointments of new directors for the Port of Long Beach’s Finance, Surveys and Transportation Planning divisions.   Maurina Lee, previously the Harbor Department’s controller, will become the Director of Finance. She has been controller since March of last year and was previously finance manager for the city of Downey from 2006 to 2015. The Finance Division oversees an annual budget that is $829 million this fiscal year. It is part of the Finance and Administration Bureau.   Robert Seidel, who has been the Port of Long

Carl Kemp (Photo: PMSA)

Kemp Joins PMSA as Vice President

, where he reported directly to Chairman Mario Cordero. Previously, he had his own government affairs practice and PMSA was among his clients. He also created the Office of Government Affairs and Communication in the City of Long Beach, and went on to create the Office of Government Affairs at the Port of Long Beach.    “I am excited to officially join the PMSA team and use my experience to benefit the West Coast logistics industry. California ports handle approximately $500 billion in foreign trade annually, and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles alone support nearly 1.5 million

Richard Jordan (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Long Beach Harbor Commission Hires Chief of Staff

Marine Corps colonel selected as new liaison to Port of Long Beach Board   U.S. Marine Col. Richard Jordan was selected by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners last week as the new Chief of Staff, to assist the Commission in making key decisions in governing the Port of Long Beach.   Jordan most recently served as Director of Enlisted Professional Military Education at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va., overseeing approximately 280 Marines and civilians at six educational academies around the globe. Previously, he was the Strategy and Policy Division Chief for the

Port Automation Puts Labor on Notice

rights to bring in automation of all kinds, and U.S. ports and terminals are starting to make their move. In addition to the semi-automated terminals at the Port of Virginia, and Bayonne, NJ, LA’s TraPac terminal operator is in the second phase of its move toward full automation, while the Port of Long Beach expects to open its $1.3 billion automated Middle Harbor redevelopment project, described as the world’s greenest container shipping terminal, in 2020. Similar projects have launched in other parts of the world, including APMT’s April unveiling of the first fully automated terminal

Lou Anne Bynum and Doug Drummond

Commission Appointments at Long Beach Port

Garcia’s predecessor, Mayor Bob Foster. “These commissioners have done outstanding jobs helping to lead the Harbor Department,” Garcia said. “Their commitment to continuing public service will provide stability and consistency to the decisions governing Long Beach’s most important economic engine. I applaud the City Council for reappointing them and honoring their contributions.” “I look forward to adding to the great things we have done as a Commission with the reappointment of Commissioners Bynum and Drummond,” Harbor Board President Lori Ann Guzmá

Louis Gutierrez (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Names HR Director

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday selected veteran human resources executive Louis Gutierrez as the port’s Managing Director of Human Resources and Team Development.   In the newly created executive role, Gutierrez, an attorney and former Fortune 500 company executive, will lead a new bureau dedicated to supporting recruitment, hiring and training of harbor department personnel.   In his current position as Vice President of Human Resources for the Lewis Group of Companies, one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies

Lori Ann Farrell Harrison (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Long Beach Harbor Commission Elects Officers

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners elected Lori Ann Farrell Harrison as its new Board President on Monday.   The five-member Harbor Commission, which oversees the Port of Long Beach, also selected Lou Anne Bynum as Vice President and Tracy Egoscue as Secretary. The Commission selects from its own members the President and the other Board officers for one-year terms each July.   Farrell Harrison, a 5th District resident, is the Director of Finance for the City of Huntington Beach and was previously Chief Financial Officer for the City of Long Beach. She was appointed to the

Noelia Rodriguez (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Hires Communications Director

of Harbor Commissioners on Monday selected Noelia Rodriguez as the Managing Director of Communications to oversee the Harbor Department’s Communications, Government Relations and Marketing divisions.   Rodriguez brings diverse and extensive experience to the newly created role at the Port of Long Beach, ranging from the White House and Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to her most recent position with Metro Los Angeles, which is the county’s public transportation authority.   As Metro’s Chief Communications Officer, Rodriguez led 275 employees and managed a $50 million budget

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