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GALVESTON, Texas (Dec.13, 2017) – The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves is pleased to announce that Rodger E. Rees has been appointed as Port Director for the Port of Galveston. Mr. Rees will assume his new role at the Port of Galveston effective Jan. 15, 2018. Mr. Rees was selected following a nationwide executive search for a business leader with the skill sets the Board of Trustees felt were needed to address the Port’s opportunities and challenges.
“It was imperative that the Port
Director position be filled and having interviewed a number of strong and
highly qualified applicants, the Board decided that Mr. Rees has the right
mixture of maritime experience, and leadership skills, particularly in the
financial area, to fill such a vital position within the organization,” said
Ted O’Rourke, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Rees is an accomplished Certified
Public Accountant with over 25 years of executive management experience and
currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer
for Port Canaveral, which is the world’s second busiest cruise port. In this executive role, he is responsible for
the management and safeguarding of the Port’s financial assets as well as all
financial functions of the port.
Rees is a graduate of East Tennessee
State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. In addition,
he is a Certified Public Accountant and has completed the Certified Port
About the Port of Galveston
The Port of Galveston is the region’s gateway to the Gulf for
cruise ships and international trade. Located at the entrance to Galveston Bay,
the Port leases and maintains facilities on both Galveston Island and Pelican
Island. The Galveston Island operations are a diversified mix of cargo
including roll on-roll-off cargo, dry bulk, export grain, refrigerated fruit,
general cargo, and project cargo. In addition, the Port handles over 1.7
million cruise passengers annually. The Port’s Pelican Island facilities
comprise a combination of undeveloped property, an active ship and rig repair
facility, and liquid bulk operations. The Port is a self-supporting enterprise
utility with operating revenues of approximately $33 million. It does not rely
on tax dollars for operations.