2017 Maritime Dinner Recap

Houston’s maritime community pulled out all the stops to honor Chairman Janiece Longoria, Port Houston Commission, at the Port Bureau’s 88th Annual Maritime Dinner on August 19 at the Bayou City Event Center. Queen of the Fleet Sponsors ExxonMobil, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., Janiece Longoria & Steve Lasher, Port Houston, Holtmar Land, and Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation , along with the event underwriting support of Double D Ranch, Jim Teague, Laurie Argo, Brad Motal, and Bob Sanders helped make the evening a remarkably momentous occasion. Public officials, dignitaries, and leaders from port region industry and education joined together in lauding Chairman Longoria’s commitment and passion for the progress and prosperity of the Port of Houston.

Proclamations citing August 19, 2017, as “Chairman Janiece Longoria Day” in Houston and Harris County were made by City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman. Mayor Turner stressed the importance of the port to Houston and his appreciation of the chairman’s work. Commissioner Morman added to the mayor’s appreciation by stating, “We are right in the middle of the best port commission in the history of the Port of Houston. That doesn’t happen by accident.”

Governor Greg Abbott recognized Chairman Longoria by sending her the “Yellow Rose of Texas” award, presented by proxy through CAPT Bill Diehl, president of the Port Bureau. The award is given to women who make a significant contribution to the communities of Texas. A dozen yellow roses accompanied the award presentation. Congressman Brian Babin, 36th District, representing a Houston-area congressional delegation, honored the chairman with a certificate of special congressional recognition and presented her with a U.S. flag flown over the capitol in Washington, D.C., in her honor. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee also sent a special proclamation certificate to the chairman.

Thanks to Chairman Longoria for her work in the education sector were offered by Dr. Brenda Hellyer, chancellor of San Jacinto College. Dr. Hellyer praised the chairman’s dedication to collaboration with the community by “making sure voices are heard and then figuring out what is absolutely best for this region.” Dr. Hellyer also cited the chairman’s commitment in speaking to students as well as helping raise scholarship funds for students.
Industry leaders Neil Chapman, president of ExxonMobil Chemical, and Jim Teague, CEO of Enterprise Products Partners L.P., applauded the chairman for her leadership in expanding Port Houston’s facilities and her work with the Houston Ship Channel industry. Chapman noted the port has been “preparing for several years now to meet the greater demand in exports from new facilities coming online in the chemical industry throughout the Gulf Coast, including ExxonMobil’s … largest ever investment in the state of Texas.” He went on to say that the chairman’s role had been pivotal and described her as a thought-leader. “Janiece,” Chapman said, “congratulations on your award, and bravo for a job really well done.”
Teague named the respect and trust that Ms. Longoria brings to industry relationships as being among the top qualities of her leadership. “We know that Janiece Longoria and the people that she leads care about our business,” stated Teague. He described the chairman’s and Port Houston executive director Roger Guenther’s visit to Enterprise Products’ facilities on the Houston Ship Channel and in Mont Belvieu. Both donned the company’s Nomex® jumpsuits and spent the day getting to know facility operations. “I watched her ask questions of our young engineers and our young folks, and I said, ‘that’s a leader because she wants to know what’s going on’.”

The Port Bureau’s 2016 honoree, Pat Studdert, president and CEO of Buffalo Marine Service, Inc., rounded out the evening’s commendations by showing the newly completed 2017 State of the Port video, which features Chairman Longoria as the narrator. Well-known for his love of football and his coaching style of leadership, Studdert went on to compare the chairman’s dedication to the port to that of the traits exhibited by the teams in the 2015 Oregon Ducks vs Ohio State Buckeyes championship football game. Ohio was not considered to be the frontrunner for the championship, and Studdert declared it was their “heart for the game” that made the Ohio team the winners that day. “Janiece Longoria, 2017 — the heartbeat of Port Houston,” he proclaimed as he surprised the chairman and the crowd by presenting her with a lovely heart-shaped art piece.

Chairman Longoria thanked everyone in her acceptance remarks, particularly her partners on the port commission. “Thank you for elevating the conversation,” she told colleagues. The program closed by April Bailey, executive vice president, commercial banking of Amegy Bank and chair of the Port Bureau Dinner Committee, presenting the chairman with a replica of the USS Constitution. The ship replica presentation to the honoree has been a Port Bureau tradition for numerous years.

The Port Bureau’s 88th Maritime Dinner was an evening of fine dining, fellowship and recognition enjoyed by more than 700 attendees. We are privileged to serve the port region and to honor those leaders and companies offering outstanding commitment to Houston’s maritime community.

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  • Date October 25, 2017
  • Tags October 2017