Get Involved

The Port Bureau’s long-term success depends on our commitment to working together with our members to benefit their business and the Houston port region community.  With our member’s expertise and commitment, the Port Bureau provides working committees that allow us to impact local/state/national trends and decisions, expand professional relationships and plan for the future.


Port Bureau Committees

Advocacy Committee

The Port Bureau’s Advocacy Committee undertakes media campaigns/media relations, public speaking, research, and publishing to support regional port issues to influence decisions within the public, local/state/national government, local/trade media, and international markets.  Currently the Advocacy Committee is supporting outreach efforts along with Port Houston and other Houston organizations for Project 11 – an initiative to expedite the deepening and widening of the Houston Ship Channel. 

To participate or for more information about the Advocacy Committee, contact Andrea LaVorgna at (713) 678-4300 or email her at


Dinner Committee

Each year the Greater Houston Port Bureau hosts an Annual Maritime Dinner honoring an industry leader or company for their contributions in the port community. The Dinner Committee helps plan and host this exciting evening of recognition and fellowship that attracts over 700 attendees. In 2020, we recognize Jim Teague, Co-CEO of the general partner of Enterprise Products Partners L.P., for his staunch advocacy and financial investment toward improvements in the Houston Ship Channel.

To be a part of this group, contact Tanya Scott at (713) 678-4300 or email



Maintenance of the Houston Ship Channel and dock facilities are critical to sustaining economic prosperity of Houston’s port system. The Dredging Committee focuses on important issues such as maintaining two-way traffic on the Houston Ship Channel and ensuring companies have reliable, predictable access to dredge material placement areas. 

To get more involved with these significant challenges, contact Christine Schlenker at (713) 678-4300 or email at


Efficiency Committee

Comprised of leaders from our Executive Partner and Corporate Membership companies, the Efficiency Committee explores methodologies to maximize the efficiency of vessels transiting the Houston Ship Channel.

This year the Efficiency Committee will test PortXchange (formerly known as Pronto), an application currently in use at the Port of Rotterdam that shipping companies, agents, terminals and other service providers can use to optimally plan, execute and monitor all activities during a port call based on standardized data exchange, with participants on the Houston Ship Channel.

To participate or for more information about the Efficiency Committee, contact Christine Schlenker at (713) 678-4300 or email her at


Golf Committee

The Captains’ Cup tournament is an annual golf event that includes a fun day of sport, networking, prizes, and dinner at a major Country Club. The Golf Committee plans and helps host this sold-out event each fall. If you love to golf, this is the team for you. 

Contact Tanya Scott at (713) 678-4300 or email for more information.


Membership Committee

The Port Bureau’s Membership Committee focuses on growing our organization through recruitment and helping us implement strategic growth plans. A key goal of the committee is to  grow membership to enhance representation of the maritime industry in the port of Houston region. 

For more information or to participate, contact Tanya Scott at (713) 678-4300 or email