Port unveils new executive director finalists

The Bellingham Business Journal

The Port of Bellingham Board of Commissioners recently announced three finalists for its executive director position. The three finalists included candidates from Seattle, Portland and Washington, D.C.

All three will be in Bellingham for a community reception at 5 p.m., Oct. 3, at the Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. The reception is part of a three-day selection process that includes interviews with community stakeholders, port employees and the Board of Commissioners, as well as an extensive tour of port facilities.

“We believe all three finalists could bring valuable skills and knowledge to the Port of Bellingham,” said Port Commission President Jim Jorgensen.

One finalist, Luther (Mark) Beaty, is the current executive director of operations for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air & Marine Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He has also worked as the Director of Air and Marine Operations in Bellingham and has more than 30 years of military and federal experience including 13 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Another finalist, Gregory Borossay, has been with the Port of Portland since 2004 where he is currently the general manager of liner development. He previously held a variety of positions with Hapag-Lloyd, Hanjin Shipping, and Sea-Land Services.

The third candidate, Charles Sheldon, has been with the Port of Seattle since 1990, working in a number of divisions. He is currently in charge of special projects as part of the executive team. Before that, he spent seven years as the managing director of the Seaport Division. He has also been director of the Capital Improvement Program in the Aviation Division, where he was involved with the SeaTac third runway project.

“We hope the community will come to the reception on Sunday to meet the candidates and share their impressions with us,” Jorgensen said.

The reception will begin at 5 p.m. with brief remarks from each candidate and will provide the community with the opportunity to engage in informal discussions with the finalists. Community members at the reception will be asked to fill out comment cards to share their impressions of the finalists.


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