Over 40 years experience in seaport management, ocean and inland transportation, international business negotiations, and related fields in two countries.
A CPA by training, I started in accounting and budgeting, before moving into general port management in ports on the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Gulf coasts.
Developed markets and business development programs both domestically and internationally.
Restored financial health to numerous ports in serious difficulty, and developed and implemented systems and safeguards to protect their fiscal condition.
Negotiated numerous labor agreements in both the United States and Canada.
A leader in the industry, heading trade and professional organizations in both Canada and the United States as President, Canadian Ports and Harbours Association, President, Louisiana Ports Association, Board member, American Association of Port Authorities, and others.
Much experience in dealing with governments at all levels, civic/municipal, state/provincial, and federal; working with government departments on economic development projects, port and infrastructure development, and funding related to port transportation.
A private consultant to ports for strategic planning, and market research and development.
Business Administation: Camosun College, Victoria, B.C.
Studied international shipping at Cambridge, U.K. (Anatomy of Shipping)
Published articles and given numerous industry presentations on strategic planning, government and board relations, and port marketing.