Port Bureau Updates

January 2017 Commerce Club
G.R. “Jerry” Cardillo
President and Chief Executive Officer, Contanda Terminals LLC

Mr. G.R. “Jerry” Cardillo joined Contanda Terminals LLC in April 2016 as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Jerry has been in the energy industry serving in a variety of capacities with Chevron U.S.A., Koch Industries and Enterprise Products since 1981. Jerry’s responsibilities have included serving as a Group Sr. VP for Enterprise Products overseeing an extensive array of Petrochemical assets and scheduling of 16 marine terminals, extensive pipeline scheduling and overall corporate storage optimization. He has also served as President of Enterprise Marine and Enterprise Trucking and oversaw a 2,000 rail car optimization team during his tenure at Enterprise. His extensive track record in growing and successfully expanding businesses in terminals, marine, rail and truck transportation logistics and petrochemicals compliments the future direction of Contanda.

Jerry has a BS in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point N.Y. and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now known as the University of Louisiana Lafayette).

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors: Regions Bank and Richardson Companies, and our Table Sponsors: American Commercial Barge Lines, Contanda LLC, Houston Mooring Company, Kinder Morgan, Moran Shipping Agencies, Odfjell and Targa Resources. Register now by visiting www.txgulf.org/events/commerce-club, or by calling the Port Bureau at 713-678-4300.

Sign Up Now to be an Annual Sponsor at Our Commerce Club Luncheons

Become an Annual Sponsor at the Port Bureau’s Commerce Club Luncheons and receive discounted rates, priority seating closest to the stage and your logo on all marketing for the event. The Commerce Club occurs the second Thursday of every month with a different industry leader as the featured speaker. Sign up today to ensure your 2017 gets off to a strong start.

For more information and to sign up, call the Port Bureau at 713-678-4300.

7 Port Bureau Member Companies Named as Top Workplaces in Houston

 Allegiance Bank, Briggs & Veselka Co., Colliers International Houston, Enterprise Product Partners, Kinder Morgan, Marsh & McLennan Agency, and Wortham Insurance were recognized in November by the Houston Chronicle in their 2016 Houston Top Workplaces. The honorary list compiled by the Chronicle is based on a survey of area companies by Pennsylvania research firm Workplace Dynamics completed over a four-month period. Congratulations! 

Westway Group Rebrands to Contanda Terminals LLC; Acquires Inbesa America, Inc.

Westway Group LLC announced on October 31, 2016, that the company has changed its name to Contanda LLC (Contanda). According to Contanda’s press release, the name captures the journey that the company has embarked on as it transforms the organization into a major provider of bulk storage and terminalling services with expanded product lines and markets. Three days later, Contanda Steel LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Contanda, announced the acquisition of all assets and operations of Inbesa America, Inc. (Inbesa). Inbesa is a leading private steel terminal in Houston, Texas.

G.R. (“Jerry”) Cardillo, President and CEO of Contanda, said, “We are excited to have acquired the assets and operations of Inbesa, which perfectly complement Contanda’s current offerings and operating philosophy. As Contanda continues to bolster its focus and service base to include a broad range of petrochemicals and hydrocarbons, we will draw upon Inbesa’s superior assets and capabilities for the benefit of our expanding customer base.”

Contanda, headquartered in Houston, will continue to offer the complete turnkey operations that Inbesa’s customers have come to rely on. Carmen Geiger and Armando Waterland, current CEO and President of Inbesa, respectively, will continue to have leadership roles and work closely with Contanda’s management team.

Ms. Geiger commented, “On behalf of the Inbesa team, we are excited for the next stage of the company’s evolution, in conjunction with Contanda. As part of a larger and more robust platform, we will significantly accelerate growth, while providing exceptional services to a broader customer base.”

Todd Covini Joins the Port Bureau Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Port Bureau welcomes Todd Covini, Vice President - Commercial Services, of American Commerical Barge Line (ACBL). Covini has been with ACBL since April 2015. Prior to joining ACBL, Covini was the Regional Marine Logistics Manager for Shell and had an almost 25 year career with ExxonMobil.  Covini joins a 32-member board of leading maritime-industry and maritime-support executives.

Janiece Longoria Named 2017 Maritime Person of the Year

Houston, TX -- The Greater Houston Port Bureau is pleased to announce that Janiece Longoria, Chairman of the Port Commission, Port of Houston Authority, has been named the 2017 Maritime Person of the Year. She will be recognized at the Port Bureau’s Annual Maritime Dinner on August 19, 2017.

Longoria was unanimously appointed as Chairman by the City of Houston and Harris County on January 8, 2013, and has served on the Port Commission since 2002. She is an honors graduate of the University of Texas and received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979. She chairs the Port Commission’s Audit Committee and serves on the Governance Committee and Pension & Benefits Committee. Under her leadership, the Port of Houston Authority has reached a historic high of handling more than 2 million loaded container units in 2015, seen steady increases in revenues, made significant investments in infrastructure, and pursued dredging projects to keep the Houston Ship Channel deep and wide.

“The Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Port Bureau is honored to recognize Chairman Longoria’s leadership and accomplishments in the Port of Houston,” said Charles Flournoy, chairman of the Greater Houston Port Bureau. “Chairman Longoria’s enthusiastic dedication to advancing the port region and building for the future of maritime commerce has positioned the Port of Houston as a globally competitive port and a key economic driver for the Houston region.”

“I am honored to have been selected by the Greater Houston Port Bureau as the maritime person of the year for 2017,” said Longoria. “I consider it the highest distinction for maritime industry service.”

A catalogue of milestone achievements is recorded in Longoria’s distinguished career in Houston. Longoria has been a practicing lawyer for 35 years, with extensive experience in securities litigation, regulatory matters and commercial litigation. She is the first woman and first minority to chair the Port Commission. Her civic involvement includes serving on the CenterPoint Energy Board, the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors and the Greater Houston Partnership. She is the former vice chairman of the University Texas System Board of Regents, and a former board member of the University of Texas Investment Management Company.

Recognized numerous times for her contributions and leadership, Longoria has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the University of Texas, the 2008 Sandra Day O’Connor Award For Board Excellence, the Female Executive of the Year Award from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, been recognized as a “Breakthrough Woman”, and inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. The Port Bureau’s Annual Maritime Dinner attracts more than 700 leaders from the maritime, energy, petrochemical, and transportation industries. Attendees represent every major terminal along the Houston Ship Channel, as well as shippers, carriers, pilots, tugs, and other critical nodes of the maritime supply chain. Past honorees have included Patrick J. Studdert of Buffalo Marine Service, Inc., ExxonMobil, Ned Holmes, and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

About the Greater Houston Port Bureau
The Greater Houston Port Bureau is a member-driven non-profit dedicated to promoting the maritime community, providing vessel movement information, and offering member companies premier networking and advertising opportunities to drive business and further the common goals of the regional maritime industry. Learn more about the Greater Houston Port Bureau at www.txgulf.org.

About the Port of Houston Authority
For more than 100 years, the Port of Houston Authority has owned or operated the public cargo-handling facilities of the Port of Houston – the nation’s largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage. The port is an economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas and the nation. It supports the creation of more than 1.175 million statewide jobs and more than 2.1 million jobs nationwide, and the generation of economic activity totaling more than $265 billion in Texas --16 percent of Texas’ total gross domestic product -- and more than $617 billion in economic impact across the nation. For more information, visit the Port Authority website at: www.portofhouston.com.

Greater Houston Port Bureau
Christine Schlenker
Director, Special Projects & Communications
(713) 678-4300

Port of Houston Authority
Lisa Ashley
Director, Media Relations
(713) 670-2644

  • Date December 15, 2016
  • Tags December 2016